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We support a wide range of not-for-profit organisations and groups from across the Rotorua community.

With clear focus areas, we can achieve the best outcomes for Rotorua by:

  • Funding
  • Capacity building
  • Advocacy

focus areas

Healthy Families

We believe:



Strengthening communities


We believe in:

A vibrant and resilient Rotorua for all.

All grant applications are to be submitted online. With the exception of December, applications close on the last day of each month and will have a funding outcome confirmed by end of the following month. Applications submitted in December will be considered at the Trust’s February meeting.

All applications are reviewed by the Trust’s GM | Community Impact & Funding, Melanie Short, who will prepare funding recommendations for consideration by Trustees. Melanie will contact most applicants before she develops her final recommendation.

We encourage you to talk to Melanie before you submit your application. Melanie’s email address is

The decision to approve or decline an application lies with our Trustees, who meet every month (apart from January) to consider each grant request, along with the accompanying funding recommendation.

Trustees will generally only consider one application from an organisation over a 12-month period.