The Foundations grant-making activities include a funding round that takes place in the middle of the year. The funding activity works with a group of charities, including nationally operating charities and smaller charities that are looking to grow and develop. Grants are only made to organisations based in New Zealand.
Other one-off activities and special projects are considered on an ad hoc basis at various times during the year.
Application and selection process
Applications for funding are by invitation only and are not open to the general public. If you would like to contact us and discuss your organisation, please contact us.
Where possible, the Foundation seeks to commit to multiyear funding to provide consistency of revenue for charities. Funding allocations are generally for a contribution to overall revenue and typically up to a maximum of 5 – 10% of total income. The funding decision model reviews these key themes:
- Clarity of vision (the Wilberforce Foundation does not hold or dictate vision, and sees the organisation as the vision holder)
- Measurable impact, outcomes and clear accountability for most effective use of funds
- Sustainability of an organisation through areas such as alignment of funding with key stakeholders (i.e. evidence that those using or benefitting from the organisation’s activities are contributing to its costs wherever possible)
- Potential and receptivity to grow and develop with best practice ideas for future
- Opportunities for growth
Charities are invited to submit a short self-assessment and application that provides the Wilberforce Foundation committee with key information on the organisations governance, personnel, growth opportunities, fundraising, marketing and communications and financial position.