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Community Leadership FundHapori Whakatipu

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Kaupapa / Purpose

The purpose of this fund is to strengthen leadership and capability across the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Fund outcomes

Grants will be invested in requests that show how progress towards these outcomes will be achieved and measured:

  • leadership and capability across the sector is strengthened
  • collaboration and connection across the sector is strengthened
  • social enterprise is fostered
  • volunteering is supported
  • community led-development is supported and enabled.

Who can apply

The Community Leadership Fund makes grants each year for not-for-profit organisations with a national focus whose primary role is to provide leadership and capability building:

  • across the whole community and voluntary sector; or
  • within a specific interest area of the community and voluntary sector.

Organisations requesting grants must demonstrate they have appropriate governance, management structures and processes in place to support the size and complexity of the project for which funding is sought.

What we fund

Services, projects or activities that will:

  • contribute to achieving this Fund’s purpose and outcomes, and
  • align with the Fund priorities of:
                - supporting collaboration and connection across the sector
                - social enterprise
                - volunteering
                - community led-development.

What we do not fund

The Community Leadership Fund grants may not be used for any of the following:

  • debt repayment or debt servicing
  • requests specifically designed to generate profits to be used for purposes other than the sustainability of the service, project or activity for which the grant was made
  • requests for projects or activities to promote commercial, political or religious activities, including political advocacy, employment and/or business initiatives, commercial enterprises or initiatives which seek to change legislation
  • requests from fundraisers, including commercial or professional fundraisers whose purpose is to distribute money to others
  • requests where there is evidence of a conflict of interest which, in the opinion of the decision-makers, has not been disclosed by those requesting the grant or has not been satisfactorily managed or mitigated when the request was made.

How much to apply for

There is no limit to the amount that your organisation can apply for.  However, with the anticipated interest in this new fund, funding to the level requested may not be available.

Regardless of the amount requested, grants over $10,000 can be made only to groups that have legal status.

Requesting a grant

To request a grant, you need to complete the following:

1. Review the information on Requesting a grant  to see if your organisation meets the requirements for this fund.

2. There are some changes to the supporting documents  that must be available on your organisation profile or online at Charities Services. These requirements must be met by the closing date.

3. Login in to our online system to create or update the profile for your organisation and individual profiles for the contact people for this request.

4. An online request form will be available when the next funding round opens.

5. Complete a budget to submit with your request.

Grants made

Grants made 2016/2017

Organisation Amount Description
Ara Taiohi Incorporated $60,000 Ara Taiohi builds leadership and capability in youth development, a community and voluntary sector specific interest area. Ara Taiohi does not work directly with youth; it works with community and voluntary sector organisations and individuals who work with youth. The grant will support a youth sector development project.
Hui E! Community Aotearoa $120,000 Hui E! is a recognised leader in growing community and voluntary sector capability in New Zealand. Hui E! has a collaborative leadership approach and strong relationships within the sector. The grant will support core operations.
The Ākina Foundation $85,000 The Ākina Foundation is acknowledged as the lead organisation in social enterprise in New Zealand. Social enterprise is a specific interest area in the community and voluntary sector. The grant will support core operations and work with growing social enterprise.
The Inspiring Communities Trust $120,000 Inspiring Communities is regarded as the lead organisation in community led-development, a community and voluntary sector specific interest area. Nationally and internationally recognised, Inspiring Communities plays an enabling and hands on role in supporting community led-development across the country. The grant will support core operations.
The Volunteer Army Foundation $50,000 The Volunteer Army Foundation provides leadership and capability building for volunteering in New Zealand. The grant will support the Foundation’s programme of working with schools to develop the volunteers of the future.
Volunteering New Zealand Incorporated $65,000 Volunteering New Zealand plays a significant leadership and capability building role for volunteering in New Zealand. The grant will support core operations.