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Give Well.

Projects & Causes.

A future where every
Tāmaki Makaurau community
is strong and thriving.

Auckland Foundation runs a number of contestable granting rounds every year, with different criteria and grant amounts.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Need to report back on your 2019 grant?

The Grassroots Giving Programme

Auckland Foundation is proud to be a Local Donations Manager for The Tindall Foundation.


Grassroots organisations play a crucial role in keeping our communities connected and thriving. These are often small, often out-of-sight groups that make communities hum.

Through our Grassroots Giving Programme, we distribute funds in the Auckland region on behalf of The Tindall Foundation to support project and initiatives under the focus area of Family/Whānau.

Funding Priorities

The Grassroots Giving Programme supports Auckland community groups and charitable organisations that prioritise whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantage across generations.

To apply to this funding round, your organisation or initiative should be focused on positive outcomes, and on long-term solutions that see our tamariki/children, rangatahi/young people and their whānau/families be resilient, secure and thriving.

Priority will be given to organisations/initiatives that:

  • Are grassroots
  • Put whānau/families at the centre
  • Are collaborative
  • Work holistically/provide wraparound support
  • Use kaupapa Māori models of practice
  • Focus on long-term solutions and are outcomes-focused

You can read more about the goals of The Tindall Foundation's Whānau/Families focus area on their website

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Read our Application Guidance Notes


If you have any questions about this funding round, or any of our other funding rounds, please contact Nicola Edwards.


Women's Fund

Research shows that when we invest in women and girls, we invest in stronger, more stable families and communities.

We raise a generation of healthier kids with brighter futures, and lower the cost of everything from public safety to social services and healthcare.

The Women's Fund is an Auckland Foundation initiative that seeks to unlock the potential of women across generations.

Thanks to a community of generous women, grants are available to support organisations and initiatives that amplify the voices of women, invest in women, and accelerate growth and development opportunities.

This year we also have additional funds to support groups or projects that specifically focus on girls and young women.

To apply to the Women's Fund, your organisation or initiative must be Auckland-focused, and be committed to creating positive change for women.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Read our Application Guidance Notes


North Shore Fund

The North Shore Fund seeks to support those smaller but essential local organisations who are strengthening community networks.

Whether this is through addressing social disadvantage, or promoting general health and wellbeing in their communities, grants will be awarded to support communities across the North Shore.

This includes the local board areas of Takapuna-Devonport, Kaipātiki, Upper Harbour, and Hibiscus and Bays.

Initiatives that have been supported through the North Shore Fund include dance movement therapy classes for young people and adults with disabilities or special needs, a youth-led programme to engage local young people, and a 100% volunteer-driven project to enhance and preserve a local bush reserve.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Read our Application Guidance Notes


The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund

Auckland Foundation is honoured to adminster
The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund.

Having personally experienced the heartbreak of child cancer and the loss of her infant son Clinton, Joy Whitley wanted to create something to support families going through a similar experience.

Sadly Joy passed away in 2017, but her final wishes will endure thanks to her generous bequest to Auckland Foundation and the establishment of The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund.

The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund will award funds towards projects and initiatives in the field of paediatric oncology, and that support children with cancer under 12 years old and their families.

This year (2020), we will be granting up to $8,000.

Open to any trust, society, institution or organisation which can demonstrate charitable purposes under New Zealand law, applications will be considered for purposes such as:

  • International paediatric oncology guest speaker tours to New Zealand;
  • Support or development of child cancer camps;
  • Paediatric oncology education, research and resources;
  • Seminars in support of families dealing with child cancer;
  • Academic and scientific research related to advances in the field of paediatric oncology;
  • Items of equipment or technology relating to the treatment of paediatric oncology.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Read our Application Guidance Notes


Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship

Auckland Foundation is proud to be administering the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship Fund.

Born in 1926 in Helensville, Daphne has been a musical stalwart in the Waitoki community. Since starting her piano teaching career at the young age of 15, she has been involved in teaching and performing piano for more than 70 years, supporting and encouraging hundreds of students and local musicians.

Her services to music were recognised in July with a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM).

While ill-health means that Daphne is no longer able to teach, her love of music – and love of learning music – continues through her music scholarship fund.

The $3,000 annual scholarship will each year assist an individual or group who want to develop their skills, and contribute towards promoting music in the South Kaipara community.

Previous scholarship recipients include Billie Hart (2018), Tweed (2019) and Samuel Wilcox-Brown (2020).


Applications for the 2021 scholarship are now closed.

Read our Application Guidance Notes


Image courtesy of the Tironui Music Trust.

Need to report back on your grant?


You can now submit your accountability report online.

Grant accountability report form