Nikau Foundation is committed to growing a culture of philanthropy to ensure our communities have the resources they need to thrive. Last year we gave over $1.2 million to the people and places we care about most. 

How we work 

We are donor-led, which means that we work with generous individuals and families to help them meet their philanthropic goals. From conservation to creativity, health to youth – we’re building permanent funding streams to achieve long term community transformation. That means that much of our grant-making is driven by our donors wishes. 

Our grant rounds take place annually. You can apply for a grant through our website, applications are simple and accessible – all you need to provide is some information about your organisation, the project you are undertaking and the people and places it will benefit. Once the grant round is closed, all the applications are reviewed by the team against our donor funds. All our Grants are approved by our Grants Committee and Board. 

Our grant-making 

Nikau Foundation isn’t about one single cause; we’re about a place and its people. We have deep roots within our community. Leveraging our networks and teams of local volunteers, we are able to grow our reach and connect into the great, impactful work that is going on. 

Our grants round

Our last grants round finished in December 2019. 

We recognise that Covid19 has been an exceptional event that is continuing to have an impact on our communities. For many of our non-profit partners it has meant great periods of uncertainty and delays to their programmes. Nikau Foundation is committed to offering flexibility around deadlines and project plans for grants received in December 2019.   Please do contact us if you have any concerns or queries about your current grant. 

This global pandemic has also brought about a level of economic uncertainty, which is likely to impact our normal levels of grant-making. Our trustees are working hard to respond to this changing landscape. As part of this process, we are reviewing a number of our strategic plans and policies, including those relating to our grant-making. With our financial year ending in September, we will have a better view then of the funds we have to grant. 

Our aim is as a funder, is to make our grant-making as simple, efficient and effective as it can be can for the non-profits that we support. As part of this commitment, we will be updating all of our systems, including a new database and website, which will enable a much more user-friendly application process.

The Nikau Foundation team have been working with our donors, Board and Committees to review our grant-making, and following this period of consultation, we have made the decision to move our 2020/21 grants round to later in the financial year, with applications being accepted from early February, and grants made in April. 

If one of our funds names your organisation as a grant recipient, we will contact you in October with the intention of making your grants in November 2020. Scholarships will also be given out in November 2020.  

We are committed to being there for our communities, today and in the future. We believe the decisions we make now will benefit our communities in a positive way, and ensure that the non-profits we partner with are supported in their funding needs in an impactful and sustainable way.  

Thank you for your ongoing support, if you have any queries please get in touch with us.   

If you would like to speak to one of the team about your organisation, applying for a grant, or learn more about our donor funds please get in touch with us.