Community Grants

Grant applications are open from 1 October to 31 October, 2021

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 would like to invite regional community groups, which meet the criteria, to apply to our annual grant in October this year. 

We are thankful to The Tindall Foundation who have chosen the Catalytic Foundation as their donation manager in Manawatu, Whanganui, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland, for the last 22 yearsCollectively the Tindall Foundation, businesses and our regular donors contribute to the Catalytic Community Chest, which provides this financial support to community organisations. We concentrate funding on where it is most needed and will make the greatest difference. All charities go through an assessment process and are asked to contribute to an annual community needs survey.

Priority Areas

• Whanau/Family
• Early Years Support
• Youth Development
• Accommodation / Housing
• Community Services
• Refugee, Migrant and Cross-Cultural Communities
• Skill Development / Training / Financial Literacy


• Charities Services registered and/or Incorporated Society
• Have been in operation for a minimum of two years
• Confirmation of 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
• If applicable, completed prior year reporting requirements

Who we fund:

We fund small to medium sized, community-based organisations who do not have large inhouse marketing or fundraising resources. 

We invite organisations from the following regions to apply: Auckland, Manawatu, Whanganui, Wellington, 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 will be considered for project costs and operating expenses including: rent, utilities, salaries/wages. 

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.


Online applications only will be accepted after 1 October 2021 and the closing date for applications is 31 October 2021.  In March 2022 applicants will be advised of outcome and funding distributed.

Determining eligibility for funding is at the discretion of our 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. For more information please contact our Grants Administrator via our Contact Us