Grant Guidelines

In some cases donor’s ask the Foundation’s Board to allocate their grants. In making community grants the Trustees of the Auckland Communities Foundation are guided by the following principles:

  • Grants in support of community projects must align with the Charitable Purposes of the Trust Deed of the Auckland Communities Foundation.
  • Grants in support of community projects must be acceptable to the community and demonstrate long-lasting value to the community.
  • The Trustees will ensure that grants in support of community projects will be managed by a community group or provider that has an established track record for success and that has organisational competence and governance strength to undertake the proposed project or programme.
  • Where appropriate community organisations will be asked to demonstrate sustainability of future funding.
  • Grants in support of community projects must cause no harm.
  • Funding may be supplied to a specific project on a multi-year basis subject to the recipient achieving pre-agreed milestones.
  • In assessing applications for community grants Trustees will use experts in the professional field where appropriate.

Auckland Airport Community Trust

The Auckland Communities Foundation is the appointed administrator of the Auckland Airport Community Trust. The applications open in April every year and recipients are announced in September. Applications are now closed.


Grassroots Giving Fund (Tindall Foundation)

The Auckland Communities Foundation is a Regional Funding Manager for The Tindall Foundation in the Auckland area.

Applications for the Grassroots Giving Fund 2016 are now closed. 


Mayoral Fund for the Pacific

The Mayoral Fund for the Pacific has been launched by Auckland Mayor Len Brown to help disaster preparedness and planning for Pacific Islands with formal relationships with New Zealand. This fund is currently taking donations and an advisory board has now been appointed to oversee the grant distribution strategy.


Mayoral Relief Fund

This fund was established to help the city of Auckland and its community in times of Disaster by supporting the efforts of the Civil Defence Team.  People can support disaster responses through donating to this fund which will go towards greatest areas of need. Most recently donations were made to this fund to help re-build Bridges and Walkways on Great Barrier Island after the large storms of Autumn 2014.


Rua & Clarrie Stevens Charitable Trust

Under Construction.  Click here for more information.


Mayoress’ Fund for Youth

The 2013 Mayoress’ Fund for Youth awarded grants to six Auckland organisations supporting young Aucklanders’ health, wellbeing and career prospects and a total of $101,000 was awarded. With the mayoral elections coming up at the end of the year, the fund will be wound down.


The JAPhA Fund

The JAPhA Fund (Just Another Philanthropic Aucklander) distributes a monthly grant of up to $1,000 to Aucklanders who have small and creative projects that will achieve social or environmental good.