Community Investment and Funding Strategy

Our Community Investment and Funding Strategy outlines the Trust's commitment to helping our communities achieve their goals. To do this we take a proactive approach, investing in people and communities, and facilitating opportunities for positive change.

The Trust is committed to supporting increased access to opportunities for the Taranaki community, a thriving environment, cohesive communities and thriving whanau across generations.

Our Community Investment and Funding Strategy includes our new Funding Framework which provides a structure for the Trust's philanthropy.

Community Funding

Our Community Funding is fundamental to our strategy. Through our Community Funding we aim to:

  • support and strengthen the fabric of our communities
  • be responsive to community requests that contribute to our overall Vision
  • provide support to community groups and organisations to achieve their goals
  • to foster excellence within the region, and
  • facilitate and champion positive opportunities for our community.

Our Community Funding includes Operational, Capital and Programme and Event Grants, Match funding as well as Individual and Touring Production Grants. To find out more about these types of grants click here


From 1 April 2019 we are making changes to our Community Funding Guidelines. The changes include:

- some changes to grant limits for Community Funding grants

- a stronger focus on the positive difference or impact your project will make (rather than the type of organisation applying for funding)

These new 2019 Community Funding Guidelines take effect from 1 April 2019. They will replace the current Community Funding Guidelines which are valid until 31 March 2019.

They include new Community Funding Grant Limits which can be used as a guide to indicate the maximum levels of funding you can expect to be considered for, depending on the type and scale of impact of your project.

Strategic Philanthropy

Through our Strategic Philanthropy, we are focused on working strategically to achieve our Vision and Priorities. We do this by supporting, facilitating and engaging in strategic and collaborative relationships and investments. If you are interested in hearing more about our work please contact the Trust.

Innovative Philanthropy

We may contribute funding to support new opportunities with a high potential for impact, developed and tested through place-based, co-designed initiatives. Currently the Trust is testing innovative philanthropy through the Te Rau Matomato project. 

Impact Investing

We make investments with the intention of generating a measurable and beneficial societal and/or environmental impact, alongside a financial return. The Trust's Impact Investing is in the process of being designed and implemented.

To find out more about our Community Investment and Funding Strategy refer to our Funding Framework.

If you are interested in hearing more about our work please contact the Trust.

Community Investment and Funding Strategy