Other funding sources

Organisations other than the Council that offer community grants and support in Wellington.

General funding


The Generosity New Zealand website has a database listing a wide range of potential funders. There are two main sections to the Generosity New Zealand Service - givUS is for community groups seeking funding and givME is for individuals seeking funding for study and professional development.

You can access givUS and givME online with your Wellington City Libraries card.

Database login page - Wellington City Libraries


New Zealand's crowdfunding platform to create, collaborate, and support the funding of creative projects.


Gaming trusts

Gaming trusts are an important source of funding for community groups. They are monitored by the Department of Internal Affairs. Gaming trusts in different areas have their own funding criteria.

Gambling - Department of Internal Affairs

Arts funding

Boosted is the Art Foundation's crowdfunding platform built for artists and producers. The Boosted team will help you raise funds for any arts production, performance, infrastructure, research and education, any arts projects that benefits New Zealand or New Zealanders in some way.


Creative New Zealand 

CNZ have a range of arts funding programmes.  

Creative NZ Find Funding

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage 

The MCH website includes a Cultural Funding Guide which focuses specifically on arts funding.

Funding NZ Culture - Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Wellington Community Trust

The Trust contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals, whanau, communities and the environment in the region, their quick response grants are designed for community organisations who need a grant of $5,000 or less and want a simple application process and a quick answer.

Wellington Community Trust - Quick Response Grants

Nikau Foundation

The Nikau Foundation is the local community foundation for Wellington region, it attracts gifts, handover trusts, legacies and community organisation endowments and invests them, with the income from these investments is distributed to charitable organisations in accordance with the donor’s wishes. 

Nikau Foundation - How to apply

Magnus Grant

Heritage NZ Inc offer assistance for educational purposes, training or assistance to chronic health conditions.  The Grant is open to children and grandchildren of serviceman/women from World War Two.  You may meet the criteria for this fund if you have previously applied to the Stanley Banks Bequest which is no longer available.

Hutt Mana Charitable Trust

More than $300,000 is available in the current round of grants from the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust.There are two grants rounds each year, opening on 1 February and 1 August, and closing on the last Friday of those months. The Trust has discretion over who may be funded, including charitable, philanthropic, amateur sport, cultural or community organisations. that needs a funding boost.

More information and a copy of the application form can be found on the website.


Hutt Minoh Friendship Trust

The Hutt Minoh Friendship Trust develops and sponsors Japanese education and cultural awareness. The Trust also supports community programmes that benefit and contribute to the relationships between the people of the Greater Wellington region and their Japanese sister cities, Minoh City, Nishio City and Sakai City.

For information about the grant scheme:

Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust

Sport funding

Sport New Zealand has an online sport funding directory.

Directory of Potential Funding Sources - Sport New Zealand