Applying for a Grant


Thanks for your interest in applying for a grant from Nikau Foundation. Our funding round closed on Friday 31 August 2018. The next funding round will be in August 2019.  As we are the Community Foundation for the Wellington Region, we can only accept applications from charities which focus on our Region. National charities that are headquartered in Wellington may be eligible, any impact from our grants must have a local component.  Occasionally we do make grants outside the region, but this is only according to our donor’s specific wishes.

You can apply now using this Grant Application Form link. We also ask you to send a copy of your latest financials, your annual report (or similar) and a scanned bank deposit slip/bank statement to at the same time. If we need more information after this, we will be in touch but this is rare.

Most applications contain enough information for us to make a decision on our grants which are normally $5,000-$10,000.  Please note that the application form will report an error if you include anything but numbers in the total amount requested field.  So if you are requesting $5,000, please enter 5000.  Decimal points will also cause an error so just round up the number to the nearest dollar.

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 April 2018.

Applications are processed in September and October with sign off by the board in late November. Grants will be paid out in December each year by direct credit.

If you miss the grant round, don’t worry! 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 apply 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.

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.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found