Community Grants

Grant applications open from 1 to 21 October, 2022

We know community charities, iwi and not-for-profit organisations work hard to build healthy and resilient communities. That's why we are passionate about supporting this work and invite regional community groups, which meet the criteria, to apply for a Catalytic Foundation Community Grant.  

Who we fund: We fund small to medium sized, community-based organisations who do not have large inhouse marketing or fundraising resources and are providing direct social services to whanau/families and individuals. If the organisation received a Catalytic Grant in the previous year they will need to have completed an online accountability report

2022/23 Regions: We invite organisations to apply from the following regions: Manawatu/Horowhenua, Whanganui, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland. A separate grant application is required for each region and amounts per region are subject to funds available. 

Applications be considered for: project costs, social services, purchases under $3,000 and operating expenses including: rent, utilities, salaries/wages. If your organisation has received a Catalytic Foundation (formerly United Way NZ) grant for the last three consecutive years you may not be eligible in 2022/2023.  

Priority Areas

  • Whanau/Family
  • Early years support
  • Youth development
  • Accommodation/housing
  • Food security
  • Community services
  • Maori and Pacifica communities
  • Refugee, migrant and multi-cultural communities
  • Skill development / financial literacy


  • Charities services registered and/or incorporated society
  • Have been in operation for a minimum of two years
  • Confirmation of pre printed bank account
  • Performance report for the previous financial year


  • Meeting the highest priority community needs
  • A high level of positive change through measured outcomes
  • Encouraging a high level of volunteer involvement
  • Promoting independence and self-sufficiency

We Do Not Fund: Schools, core early childhood education programmes, government agencies, art organisations, sport organisations, animal charities, fixed assets or purchases over $3,000, capital projects, sports equipment, overseas travel, medical treatment or individuals, and health organisations (except in Otago).

Determining eligibility for funding: Is at the discretion of our staff, regional volunteers and the Catalytic Foundation Board of Trustees. If unsure whether your organisation qualifies, contact us before completing the application form. We reserve the right to close off applications at any time prior to the posted deadline date if the number of qualified applicants from an area exceeds the resources available. 

Online applications: Accepted after 1 October 2022 and the closing date is 21 October 2022

  1. For a preview of the type of questions asked CLICK HERE FOR PDF 
    • Please ensure that you fill out the online grant application in one go
    • The online application cannot be saved and returned to 

  2. To make an online application for a community grant we will upload a link on October 1st.  
    • Please fill out one application per region 

Grant allocation: The Catalytic Foundation Community Grants are a donation and GST exclusive. Most Grants are between $2,000 and $10,000. Applicants will be advised before March 2023 if successful for funding.

We are thankful to the donors who contribute to these community grants:

The Tindall Foundation who have chosen the Catalytic Foundation as their donation manager in: Manawatu/Horowhenua, Whanganui, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland, for the last 22 years.

Otago Polytechnic - Charity House Project

Mercy Hospital - Community outreach in Dunedin

Individual donors, Trusts  and Payday donors: People around New Zealand who contribute a donation or a proportion of their pay to our regional funds, all collectively provide the donations for the Catalytic Foundation Community Grants. 

We concentrate funding on where it is most needed and where it will make the greatest difference.