Communities across Aotearoa New Zealand are flourishing, inclusive and connected

We support community groups, kaupapa Māori initiatives and neighbourhoods to use their own strength and local insights to transform communities

1. Background 2. What we fund 3. What we don't 4. Eligibility 5. Apply now


Social and economic deprivation, loneliness and social isolation are fast emerging as major issues facing modern society, particularly because of their adverse effects on health and wellbeing. A great paradox of our hyper-connected digital age is that we seem to be drifting apart.

Specific groups are marginalised and excluded from the wider community because of their culture, gender identity, social or economic status, and intergenerational deprivation. Some regions within Aotearoa New Zealand experience higher levels of economic and social deprivation. Addressing those issues would be good for those regions and for the country as a whole.

We believe that community-led solutions are often the most effective ways to address complex social issues. Connected, generous communities and neighbourhoods are good for all of us.

Our Goals for Community

  • Connected, cohesive communities and neighbourhoods.
  • Increased community resilience and wellbeing.
  • More resourceful communities able to look after themselves and their environment.
  • All members of a community feel a sense of belonging and identity.
  • Diversity is encouraged and celebrated in our communities so that people of all ethnicities, religions, socioeconomic and family backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities, etc, belong, are safe and free of violence and discrimination.
  • Trans, takatāpui and intersex young people are safe and well, and communities are inclusive, kind and equipped with the right information to support them.
  • A compassionate and effective justice system especially for young people, Māori and women.
  • Communities affected by significant disaster or trauma recover their wellbeing as quickly as possible.
  • Generosity grows and thrives in Aotearoa New Zealand. In particular, we support the promotion of local generosity through the development of Community Foundations.
  • Communities identify their own challenges and have capable organisations and leaders to address them — especially in areas with high levels of social and economic deprivation.
  • A robust and sustainable social enterprise and impact investment sector.
  • Local Māori economic enterprise flourishes and provides sustained benefits for whānau, hapū and iwi.
  • On a case-by-case basis, support for the development of village-led enterprises in the Eastern Pacific to reduce reliance on overseas remittances (as this can often have a burden on families in New Zealand), and which promote more resilient communities and livelihoods, and complement the Sustainable Development Goals (for example, climate change).
  • Local projects which are identified by Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) as our Local Donations Manager for the Eastern Pacific. Small funds are available for initiatives that promote economic development, have high community engagement and have VSA involvement.

Community Donations Support:

Initiatives that deliver positive outcomes for Aotearoa New Zealand by:

  • Building community connectedness and social capital.
  • Strengthening community development and leadership.
  • Acknowledging and supporting diversity, cultural identity and connectedness.
  • Improving community access to services.
  • Improving community understanding and support to increase wellbeing for trans, takatāpui and intersex young people.
  • Supporting the growth and development of Community Foundations.
  • Fostering generosity in communities.
  • Growing the capability of community organisations.
  • Local economic development initiatives in communities with high deprivation and disadvantage.
  • Supporting the development of the impact investment sector.
  • Supporting inter-generational transformation for Māori.

Our Community Priorities

TTF is unable to support every application that we receive. Applicants should ensure their project fits the goals and areas outlined above, and the priorities listed below, before applying.

Projects that work in these ways and meet more of our priorities will have a greater chance of receiving support.

  • Promoting generosity
  • Investing for impact
  • Solutions from within the community
  • Promoting neighbourliness
  • Celebrating and enhancing diversity
  • Community-led approach
  • Collaborating with others for greater impact
  • Growing opportunities in economically deprived regions and communities
  • Initiatives that demonstrate a kaupapa Māori approach to their work

We do not support

TTF is unable to support every application that we receive. Applicants should ensure their project fits our goals and priorities before applying.

Projects that help us reach outcomes and meet more of our priorities will have a greater chance of receiving support.


TTF is unable to support the following:

Core or Public Health Service:

  • Medical care, medical equipment, medical research, clinical health initiatives (within mental or physical health) or disabilities services, hospitals and hospices. This includes initiatives where the ‘entry criteria’ for service users means that they have a physical, mental health or addiction issue or are living with a disability

Core Education:

  • Core education in universities, colleges, schools, early childhood centres, including programmes, scholarships, equipment, or other activities that are curriculum-related


  • Research from outside a community without its direct involvement

Sport, leisure and recreation

  • High performance sport, sports clubs operational or programme costs, sport equipment, events, trips and competitions

The arts:

  • Including drama, art or performing arts, museums and galleries


  • Organisations projects outside the geographic borders of Aotearoa New Zealand, overseas travel and expenses, and exchange programmes
  • Buildings or land
  • Animal charities

Capital assets or equipment:

  • Costing over $3,000


  • We are unable to give donations to support individuals including scholarships, international travel to conferences, events or for research


  • Personal loans

  • Endowment funds

  • Religious or political advocacy, including religious advancement, political lobby groups, lobbying or marketing campaigns

  • Venture capital initiatives

  • Urgent or retrospective applications

  • Sponsorships

Other Donation Streams

Not sure you fit into Family?
Try the following:


Our work prioritises whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantages across generations.


We help address climate change, protect and enhance NZ’s biodiversity, and promote kaitiakitanga/custodianship of our whenua/land, moana/ocean and awa/waterways.

Application process

Applying for Tindall Foundation funding is a simple process. We will guide you through the steps you need to take to apply. Please ensure you have read our exclusions and ensure your initiative fits our criteria.

Before you start make sure you have the following:

  • Your Charities Commision number if you are registered
  • Bank account number and account name
  • PDF copy of Bank deposit slip to attach to your application

Focus Areas

Please ensure that your project fits within our Focus Areas:

Eligibility Questionnaire

Firstly, you will be asked to complete a brief eligibility questionnaire. Once you’ve answered a few simple questions, we will be able to advise if, from your answers, we think you are eligible to continue your funding application.


You will need to complete an online application form to apply for a donation. We advise that you make a copy of your application form as you go for your records.

You will need to describe in a clear and concise way:

  • The initiative for which you are requesting a donation
  • The plans you have to put your initiative in place
  • The people who will carry out the initiative and their qualifications/experience
  • How much money you are requesting per year and for what period of time – if the requested amount is for 1, 2 or 3 years
  • The need for your initiative and how your initiative will be meeting this need
  • The intended outcomes of your initiative and how you will know that you have achieved these
  • How the initiative will be financially sustained after the donation period
  • A budget breakdown including any other funding applied for/secured

NB: if you are applying under the Family or Environmental focus area, and your initiative is local rather than national and under$15,000 you should apply directly to your Local Donation Manager. Find out more here.

Other Donation Streams

Not sure you fit into Community?
Try the following:


We help address climate change, protect and enhance NZ’s biodiversity, and promote kaitiakitanga/custodianship of our whenua/land, moana/ocean and awa/waterways.


Our work prioritises whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantage across generations.

Ready to Apply?

There is no closing date or donation rounds at the Tindall Foundation unless you
are eligible to receive a donation via one of our Local Donation Managers.

Because we do not consider urgent or retrospective applications, we recommend
that you submit your request at least four months before you need the donation.

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