Applying for a Grant


Nikau Foundation currently has one grant round per year and applications for our funds open again June 1st 2017.

We are constantly talking to donors and other funders throughout the year. If you can’t wait until the next grant round, i.e. you have a time sensitive or urgent request, feel free to fill in an expression of interest form or contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We might know someone who is interested in your area, be able to suggest other funders or offer other fundraising advice.

Please note our application process involves a succinct initial expression of interest, and for some applicants only, a second more in depth stage. Most applications contain enough information for us to make a decision and we will only be in touch if we have particular questions or concerns.

Applicants should apply to the Nikau Foundation rather than a particular fund as we match applicants to the most relevant fund. The only exception to this is the Roy and Jan Mace Charitable Trust which is a separate form on this page. More information about our funds are outlined below and in our Grant Making Policy – revision May 2017.

The next grant round will be open for applications 1st – 30th June 2017.

Nikau Endowment Funds

These are funds managed by Nikau which have specific charitable purposes, as defined by the individual donors.  There is also a Nikau Community Fund where Nikau Foundation has a much wider discretion to support charitable purposes.  Read more about our Endowment Funds.

Perpetual Guardian Sub Trusts

Nikau Foundation is an advisory trustee of a number of trusts which are managed by Perpetual Guardian.  Nikau Foundation provides recommendations on grant applications in accordance with the individual terms of each sub trust.  Nikau then distributes the funds.  Read more about our Sub-Trusts.

Tindall Foundation Funds

Nikau Foundation is the funding manager for The Tindall Foundation in the Wellington Region – Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Kapiti Coast.  Nikau receives grants applications and determines where the funds will be allocated. Read more about applying for a Tindall Foundation grant.

Grant application FAQs

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found here.