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Community Funders




Societies that make Grants - Waikato Region

Funding from Gaming Machine providers


The Lion Foundation

The Lion Foundation's funding policy is structured to ensure that many different community causes can benefit. Funding is shared between the areas of community, which includes arts, culture, heritage and environment (30%), health (15%), sport (40%) and education (15%).

Applications can be submitted at any time, and are usually processed within 8 weeks of being received.

Trust Waikato

Trust Waikato donates money to community organisations and projects that focus on welfare, sport, recreation, youth, art, culture, and the environment, for the benefit of people in our region.

The funding area includes the districts of Thames/Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata/Piako, Waipa, Waikato, South Waikato, Waitomo, Otorohanga, Ruapehu and Hamilton City.

The Trust acknowledges that this area includes much of the lands of the Tainui waka, and thus the people of Waikato, Raukawa, Hauraki and Maniapoto.

2017 Closing dates are:

Friday 17 February 2017

(for a donation in late May 2017)

Friday 14 June 2017

(for a donation in early Sep 2017)

Friday 22 September 2017

(for a donation in early Dec 2017)


WEL Energy Trust

Almost any organization can apply for funding provided:

  1. It is located in the Trust’s traditional area (see Community Funding Guidelines document on the website for map of funding area)
  2. It is a ‘not for profit’ organization which has been operational for at least 12 months and,
  3. The project demonstrates a clear element of public/community benefit in the outcome/s.

Quick Response Grants (for grants $5,000 and under) closing dates are: 28 Feb, 28 April, 30 June, 31 August, 30 October 2017.

Community Support Grants (for grants $5,000 and over) closing dates are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September 2017


Community Matters

Helping New Zealand build strong communities 

A range of grants and fellowships are available to support local initiatives and community services.

Crown grants

Lottery grants

Trust and fellowship grants


Generosity New Zealand has online search tools offering access to $3.9 billion worth of opportunities.

Check with your local library to see if they offer free access to the range of databases available for searching.


Hamilton City Council Community Funding

Single-Year Community Grant

Supports not-for-profit community organisations that support small community led projects that are aligned with Council plans and strategies and contribute to the social wellbeing of the city by delivering community wide services.

Opens 1 March 2017 and closes 31 March 2017. Projects must start after 1 July 2017. 

Education Grants and Scholarships

A range of grants and scholarships that provide assistance and recognition to tribal members, including Maatauranga Toi Grants.

Note: only registered tribal members living in Aotearoa are eligible for grants and scholarships. For more information call 0800 TAINUI (within NZ) or email