Grassroots Fund

The Community Fund is kindly supported by The Tindall Foundation in the form of a sub-fund called the Grassroots Fund.

Northland Community Foundation is proud to be a Local Donation Manager for The Tindall Foundation in the Northland region for the Family/Whānau Focus Area.

By contributing to this fund, you will enable us to support more of the excellent projects that are proposed by and for our local communities.

The Grassroots Fund provides grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 for initiatives that aim to improve the lives of Northland people in the long-term. The grants panel receives applications once per year and prioritises applications from small organisations run mostly by volunteers in the local community.

The Grassroots fund supports community groups and charitable organisations who deliver initiatives that help Families/Whānau by supporting:

  • the wellbeing of tamariki/children through their early years
  • the wellbeing of rangatahi/young people
  • the wellbeing of whānau/families

To find out more about the Family/Whānau Focus Area, click Tindall Foundation – Family Fund Priorities

You can find more information about what who we have most recently funded here: What else we have supported – Northland Community Foundation

In 2020 the Northland Grassroots Fund went towards a youth leadership wānanga programme, support for young people living outside of town to get their drivers licence, fund a social worker to work with vulnerable families, and improve financial capability in vulnerable communities through community education programs. These are just some of the projects being funded via the 2020 distribution of over $88,500 made by Northland Community Foundation through the Northland Grassroots Fund. In 2020 Toi Ngāpuhi was delighted to receive $8,500 from the Grassroots Fund towards their Taiohī Taiohā wānanga toi series. These Māori arts wānanga were for youth aged 16-24 to enable them to be immersed in a series of workshops led by some leading Ngāpuhi creative practitioners from across Te Tai Tokerau. They were based at marae from the Hokianga through to Whangārei. Click on the link here to find out more: Northland Grassroots Fund and Taiohī Taiohā Wānanga Series

In August 2019 just over $91,000 was distributed to 13 organisations in Northland. Applications had been received from 34 organisations that amounted to $ 410,032 worth of requests in total. The Northland Community Foundation’s Grant Panel, made up of volunteers from around the region, had the difficult job of selecting the organisations to be the recipients of this year’s available funds. 2019 was the third year that Dargaville Early Years’ Service HUB has received a grant from the Northland Grassroots fund, contributing to their rent and utilities bills and the salary of their Coordinator, who manages the HUB. In the past year, the HUB has supported over 500 vulnerable children and their families. The HUB provides a child-friendly drop-in centre and improves access to much-needed services to improve health and education outcomes of the youngest members of our community.

Nga Puhi Hokianga Ki Te Raki received a $5,000 grant in 2018. Ngā Puhi Hokianga Ki Te Raki is based in the rural area of Mangamuka, between Kaikohe and Kaitaia, and aims to be responsive to the needs and aspirations of its communities through education, information and support services. See more about the programme on our news page here:

You can gift directly to the Grassroots Fund and you receive a 33% tax credit. Visit our donate page here donate by credit card or through your bank account. You will need to choose the Grassroots Fund.

Or we can invest your gift and deliver the interest from these funds back to these services every year, forever! Click here to see how your gift can grow and give forever: How to Grow your Gift

You can also gift through your Will, and it can be as much or as little as you want, for example 5% to 10%. See our Legal Resources page here for more information:

If you would like to apply for funding, go to our webpage for further information about the application process:

Get in touch with us to discuss either of these options here: