Acorn Foundation

Acorn Foundation is a charitable trust operating in Tauranga, New Zealand. It was established in 2003, to encourage people to consider leaving a gift in their will to benefit the western Bay of Plenty community forever. People can also make gifts during their lifetime to build up their fund and maximise the tax rebates now available.

The Acorn Foundation is based on a model established in New York in the 1920's. The Foundation manages funds on behalf of its donors. The investment income earned is distributed annually to charities chosen by our donors or donors may choose to leave the distributions to the Trustees discretion.

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You can also contribute to the 'Creative Bay of Plenty Endowment Fund' at Acorn Foundation. Your gift will help support the creative arts community in Tauranga, every year, forever. To make an instant donation to Creative Bay of Plenty in support of the arts, visit the Acorn Foundation website.

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BayTrust will consider grants for organisations and projects which significantly help build, strengthen or enhance Bay of Plenty Communities.

Projects and organisations should help achieve the Trust's Strategic Outcome areas including: Active Communities, Healthy Communities, Education, Cultural Heritage, Community Economic Development.

A high priority for funding is directed towards:

  • organisations or projects addressing identified areas of need in a community
  • organisations with significant volunteer (unpaid) assistance
  • important projects where BayTrust funding may act as a lever in attracting additional funding.

Two main arts-related funding options:
Community Support and Event Funding up to $15,000 – monthly funding for applications under $5,000, and quarterly for those up to $15,000. A scholarship is also available.
Community Impact Funding between $15,000 - $100,000 – a quarterly funding process.

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Creative New Zealand

Toi Totara Haemata – supports arts organisations that collaborate with other arts organisations and provide leadership within the arts industry to deliver benefits to audiences or participants - amount dependent on application.

Arts Grant – helps arts organisations to create and distribute their work - up to $65,000.

Quick Response Grant – same objective as above – up to $7,500.

Toi Uru Kahikatea – Arts Development – investment programme offers arts organisations 1-3 years support, to support regular or continuous programmes of activities. Amount dependent on application.

Prime Ministers Award for Literary Achievement - New Zealanders are invited to submit a nomination for a writer who has made a significant contribution to the genre - $60,000 for three categories.

Please check the CNZ website for funding cut-off dates as they differ for each funding type

Also be aware there is a tiered process for applying for CNZ funding. It is recommended you apply for the most easily accessible CCS funding first and then develop your applications as a next step process as your event/project/business grows. It is unlikely CNZ will fund first time or undeveloped projects with the following funding options.

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givUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. Find assistance for nearly everything. Over 90% of councils subscribe to givUS on behalf of ratepayers, which enables FREE public access.

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Legacy Trust

Legacy Trust applications are reviewed twice per annum. Please read the trust policies on distribution before submitting your application, so that you are comfortable that your application will meet our criteria.

Note that your application needs to be received no later than 31 January (for distributions in March) and 30 August for (distributions in October). There is no formal process for funding, recommendations come from both supporters of the Legacy concept and known community needs.

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Pub Charity Limited

The focus is on supporting communities all over NZ, making a huge difference to a wide range of local causes each year by returning millions of dollars in gaming machine proceeds to NZ communities. Monthly deadlines.

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Tauranga City Council

Community Development Match Fund

Tauranga City Council is committed to supporting innovative and resilient communities through its Community Development Match Fund. This fund helps groups deliver neighbourhood projects that help build strong, innovative and vibrant communities. Small Match Fund Grants of up to $1000 can be applied for at any time, and Medium Match Fund grants (up to $10,000) are considered twice per year.

Small grants can be applied for at any time. You will be notified if your application is successful within three weeks.

Medium grants are available twice a year – May and November.

Community Events Fund & Major Events Fund

Tauranga City Council is committed to fostering our vibrant events environment through two events funds – the Community Events Fund and the Major Events Fund. Both funds support amazing community events that connect the community, celebrate diversity and make the most of our local surroundings.

The fund re-opens in April 2018.

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TECT has five different funding schemes to assist community organisations with their projects:

  • Community Amenities
  • Community Development
  • Community Events
  • Iconic Projects
  • Catalysts for Change

TECT recommend you contact our office to discuss your project before completing the application form. Please ensure applications are submitted at least 3 months prior to final date you require a decision.

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The Todd Foundation

General Fund

Responsive, 1 or 2 year grants for community organisations or social enterprises. To be eligible your project or initiative must contribute to one of our goals:

  • Support for families and communities to provide safe and nurturing environments for children
  • Assistance for children and families to participate actively in learning, particularly in the early years
  • Help for young people to develop their potential and contribute fully in the community

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Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Community Matching Fund

The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay Community Groups. Council makes up to $100,000 available for community and environmental projects that make a positive difference in the District. The matching fund initiative was established to support projects led by not-for-profit community groups working for the benefit of their communities. The next round of funding is open from 12 June - 12 July 2018.

Community Board Grants

The Te Puke and Maketu community boards allocate grants on an ad hoc basis throughout the year when applications are received. The Waihi Beach, Omokoroa and Katikati community boards allocate grants annually in April/May.

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NZ On Air

NZ On Air acts to ensure New Zealanders can experience public media that is authentically New Zealand.

We are an independent government funding agency delivering quality and diverse New Zealand public media.

The public media we invest in will enrich the New Zealand cultural experience and strengthen community life, improve the diversity of available content, be accessible and promote informed debate. It may entertain and it will add cultural value.

Funded content can be found on television, online and on radio. We aim to strike a balance of content for both general and targeted audiences.

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Crowdfunding and donations websites

A New Zealand arts dedicated crowdfunding platform. Boosted provides artists’, arts professionals and organisations with campaign support and resources to reach their funding targets, as well as assistance with their ongoing goals. Boosted also offers donors a 33% tax credit.

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A New Zealand website. Users can post project ideas online for people to help fund in return for a creative reward.

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An international crowdfunding website open to New Zealand projects.

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