*NEW* We’ve made some changes to our funding. Please ensure you have read the below information before applying. Read about why we’ve made these changes here.

We prioritise funding to applications that:

  • support equity and inclusion in our communities
  • serve and are led by members of these population groups:
    • Māori
    • Pacific Peoples
    • Middle Eastern, Latin American, African
  • serve and are led by people who are part of communities living in these locations:
    • Ōtaki
    • Lower Hutt
    • Porirua

Can I get funding?

Are you a group in our region that is:

  • Mana whenua or Māori-led
  • Doing work that supports the advancement of Māori aspirations

Are you a group in our region that is:

  • Supporting communities experiencing inequity, exclusion, and disadvantage; or
  • Increasing preservation and protection of natural spaces

If the above does not sound like you, it is likely you will not be eligible for funding from WCF. Here are some other funding options.

Read about the research that has helped us identify our priority population groups and locations.

WCF does not fund:
  • organisations with an operating income of over $2m
  • capability-building and professional development
  • retrospectively
  • central or local government
  • commercial ventures (we do fund social enterprise)
  • endowments, capital funds, and other trust funds holding investments
  • core healthcare services, including primary and secondary health services
  • individuals, including scholarships and organisations that provide individual scholarships
  • promotion of a religious or political message (we do fund faith-based community services)
  • schools (including childcare centres, kindergartens, ECEs, and universities), organisations whose primary purpose is to fundraise for schools, and organisations whose work directly connects to the NZ Curriculum. This exclusion applies to activities that take place on educational institution grounds and to any school-based educational support like tutoring, disability support, etc.
  • medical procedures and treatment (including screening, diagnosis, and vaccination); medical equipment; medical research; professional respite care
  • Festivals, exhibits, museums, galleries, and other attractions that are designed for the general population
  • any other exclusions as approved by the Trustees

(In some circumstances exclusions may differ for specific funds or initiatives)