Your trust, our grant-making

We offer a range of grants to support Auckland and Northland’s not-for-profit organisations. Community Support Grants provide over 1000 grants of up to $100,000 to hundreds of community organisations each year.

We offer a range of grants to support Auckland and Northland’s not-for-profit organisations. Community Support Grants provide over 1000 grants of up to $100,000 to hundreds of community organisations each year. Multi-year Key Community Partnership grants support big initiatives by major regional organisations. Our Catalysts for Change grants provide long-term support to organisations tackling major social issues. We also have grants for Iconic and Innovative Projects for special regional initiatives that will deliver benefits now and for future generations.

Choosing what we fund

We receive many more applications than we can fund. That means making some hard choices.

  • Our funding decisions are guided by our strategic objectives for funding People, Participation and Places projects  in our region. 
  • These objectives help us make consistent decisions across our four  funding programmes; Community Support Grants (which includes quick response grants); Key Community Partners; Catalysts for Change; Iconic and Innovative Projects.

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation ensures accountability, captures learnings, and allows us to measure the impact our grants have had. That helps us keep improving our grant-making, and allows us to help our community organisation partners be more effective.

  • Reports are received from grantees for each of our Community Support Grants.  Where a large investment is made through a Community Support Grant, to a Key Community Partner, or in an Iconic and Innovative Project, progress reports are submitted at each stage of funding.  This allows us to ensure that what we are funding is being delivered, identify any issues, and provide support if required.
  • The Foundation also makes substantial multi-year investments through its Catalysts for Change funding programme with organisations that are addressing major social issues. Monitoring and evaluation helps both the organisation running the programme, and the Foundation, understand what is happening at each stage, identify opportunities for improvement, and measure the social impact of the investment.  What is learnt from each project can then be used to refine and develop  future programmes.

The Centre for Social Impact

To ensure the best possible outcome from its major Catalysts for Change investments, the Foundation established the Centre for Social Impact. 

  • The Centre for Social Impact was founded as a result of the Foundation’s experience from 2008 in investing in and supporting  high engagement programmes, such as our Maori and Pacific Education Initiative. These programmes pioneered a New Zealand approach to ‘venture philanthropy’.  Venture philanthropy is a process of engaging interested communities and organisations in proposing solutions to complex social issues.  Multi-year funding and organisational support is then provided to trial the effectiveness of innovative proposals.
  • The expertise developed by the Foundation in choosing and supporting high-engagement projects is now available to the Foundation and other philanthropic, government, corporate and not-for-profit  organisations through the Centre. The Centre also provides support to the Foundation’s current high engagement Catalysts for Change partners.

For more information on the Centre for Social Impact visit their website: www.centreforsocialimpact.org.nz

 

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