What we don't fund

Foundation North aims to be a broad community funder, but we cannot fund everything that may be needed by your organisation.

The following is a list of exclusions – the things that we don’t fund, and limitations - occasions where we will limit funding. Check this list before you proceed with your application.  

Exclusions include:  

  • Food programmes delivered into schools
  • School gardens
  • Swimming pools 
  • Individuals and projects that create benefit, especially financially, for private owners (with the exception of Ngā Whenua Rāhui legal agreements or land under QE II Covenant). 
  • Operating costs for sports clubs
  • Playing surfaces
  • Organisations which receive 80% of their income from regular government contracts are not eligible to apply for operating costs.
  • Operating costs for facilities 
  • Costs that are regarded as the responsibility of central or local government (e.g. Council-maintained sports fields, roads, street lighting, floodlights, core health and social services, core education provision (core curriculum delivery), medical equipment, health research, etc). This includes tertiary education institutions and related clubs.
  • Landscaping
  • Car parks
  • Hospice buildings and operating costs
  • Feasibility studies, needs analysis, project plan development, Quantity Surveyor or architectural drawings
  • Accommodation or residential housing
  • Purchase of buildings
  • Projects seeking to promote religious or political objectives
  • Retrospective funding
  • Legal costs
  • Debt repayment or refinancing of existing loans
  • Top-ups or over-expenditures on projects already funded
  • Fundraising activities and organisations
  • Endowments
  • International travel
  • Overseas aid
  • Funding to attend and run conferences 
  • Staff vehicles
  • Rescue helicopters and ambulance services
  • Leaky building repairs as defined in the Weather Tight Home Resolution Services Act

Limitations include:

  • We will not fund operating costs at more than 30% of organisation’s total expenditure (based on the previous year’s financial statements).  
  • Project management costs for marae facilities development will be capped at 10% of total project costs. 
  • Camps – funding will be considered for high use camp facilities only (those which are consistently well-used throughout the year and widely accessible by schools). Funding is limited to assisting camps meet health and safety standards with a primary focus on kitchen and ablution.
  • Floodlights for isolated communities – funding up to $25,000 under Quick Response Grants will be considered.
  • Single health organisations – funding up to $25,000 under Quick Response Grants will be considered.
  • Foodbanks – regional bodies must demonstrate a strategic and regional approach to operating foodbanks and food delivery programmes.  Applicants should discuss their request with us before submitting an application.  Where possible foodbank-related applications will be considered from umbrella churches on behalf of their individual parishes and community organisations where practicable; however applications will be accepted from local churches where the umbrella church is unable to meet the needs due to distribution or other logistical issues.  A maximum grant of up to $50,000 will be considered for foodbank costs associated with either food or food vouchers. 
  • Funding up to $10,000 every two years will considered for Early Childhood Education facilities. Facilities close to schools in Decile 1 to 3 or communities in areas with deprivation indices 8 to 10 (using NZ Deprivation Index for the area) will be considered for funding.  Applications will be considered for play equipment and / or outdoor area upgrades including shade sails.

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