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.  You can download the list (one side of A4) here.

Exclusions include:

1. Costs that are regarded as being primarily the responsibility of central or local government.  We acknowledge however that many community building projects and iconic projects can only be funded in partnership with central and local government.  The Foundation will not fund: 

  • Schools including school facilities, school resources, school equipment, school classrooms, school uniforms, IT suites in schools and administration blocks, school halls, school gymnasiums, school swimming pools & core education provision (core curriculum delivery)
  • External providers delivering programmes or resources into schools that can be regarded as part of the delivery of core Ministry of Education curriculum
  • New Early Childhood Education centres
  • Council-maintained sports fields
  • Roads and street lighting
  • Core health and social services (including salaries of health professionals, Primary Health Organisations, District Health Boards, hospitals, clinics, core primary healthcare, medical equipment (hospital and dental)
  • Tertiary education institutions and related clubs (including teaching and buildings)

2. Food programmes delivered into schools

3. School gardens

4. Health research

5. Swimming pools 

6. Individuals

7. Projects that create benefit, especially financially, for private owners (with the exception of Nga Whenua Rahui legal agreements or land under QE II Covenant). 

8. Operating costs (including coaching costs) for sports clubs

9. Playing surfaces

10. Operating costs and management salaries for the operation of facilities

11. Organisations that receive 80% of their income from regular government contracts are not eligible to apply for operating costs.

12. Landscaping

13. Car parks

14. Hospice buildings, services and operating costs

15. Feasibility studies, needs analysis, project plan development, Quantity Surveyor or architectural drawings 

16. Accommodation or residential housing

17. Purchase of buildings

18. Projects seeking to promote religious or political objectives

19. Retrospective funding

20. Legal costs

21. Debt repayment or refinancing of existing loans

22. Top-ups or over-expenditures on projects already funded

23. Fundraising activities and organisations

24. Endowments

25. International travel

26. Overseas aid

27. Funding to attend and run conferences 

28. Staff vehicles

29. Rescue helicopters and ambulance services

30. Leaky building repairs as defined in the Weather Tight Home Resolution Services Act

Limitations include: 

31. If Foundation North has provided a grant over $1 million or has been at least a 50% funder of a large capital project, it is unlikely to consider any further funding application within five years of that grant.

32. We will not fund operating costs at more than 30% of organisation’s total expenditure (based on the previous year’s financial statements). 

33. Project management costs for Marae facilities development will be capped at 10% of total project costs.

34. 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.

35. Floodlights for isolated communities – funding up to $25,000 under Quick Response Grants will be considered.

36. Organisations that focus on a single health issue – funding up to $25,000 under Quick Response Grants will be considered.

37. 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.

38. Funding up to $10,000 every two years will be 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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