Trust Funding Criteria

Organisations can apply for Community Grants for projects/programmes that fit the current Trust priorities:

The Trust is encouraging charitable organisations offering cultural, recreational and other activities that benefit the community within South Auckland to apply.  Charities, schools and not-for-profit groups operating for the benefit of residents most affected by aircraft noise are eligible.


The Trust will support projects or programmes that:

  • Achieve strong literacy outcomes for participants
  • Support enhanced educational achievement through improved literacy
  • Engage families, parents or caregivers in supporting learning and literacy outcomes for their children (build family/whānau capacity)
  • Enhance the literacy levels of adults involved (achieve family learning outcomes)

Life Skills

To be eligible for support, your programme/project should achieve outcomes in line with the following life skills priorities:

1. Financial literacy
Initiatives should support the financial wellbeing of families through the development of financial literacy and budgeting skills.

2. Parenting
Initiatives should help to build parenting confidence and skills so that parents are able to provide a nurturing environment for their children and support their social and educational needs.

3. Early education and play
Initiatives should support children to achieve a positive start to life by increasing the access to, and quality of, early education and/or learning through play.

4. Youth development
Initiatives should support high-needs or at-risk young people to succeed. In particular, the Trust will prioritise youth development projects that are strengths-based, focus on early intervention and provide opportunities for youth leadership.

5. School transitions
Initiatives should support children and young people to make successful schools transitions (i.e. making a successful transition from early childhood education to primary school, primary school to intermediate, intermediate to high school and high school to tertiary or training). Particular focus should be give to children and young people that are at-risk of falling behind or achieving below their potential.

6. Leadership
Initiatives should contribute to leadership development, either through:

  • Supporting the development of youth leaders, in line with priority (5) Youth Development, or;
  • Supporting community-led development, building a community’s capacity to lead local projects.

7. Employment skills
Initiatives should develop employment skills for priority target groups, including young people, adults not in employment and adults facing other significant barriers to employment (such as migrants/refugees). Initiatives should contribute towards:

  • Work readiness;
  • Improved access to employment opportunities;
  • English language for work, or;
  • Work-related literacy/numeracy.

8. English language
Initiatives should support the settlement and integration of migrants and refugees through the development of English language skills.