Eligibility Āheitanga

Who is eligible for funding?

We only accept applications from not-for-profit organisations.  These include:

  • an incorporated society, association or organisation, which is not carried on for the purpose of providing profits or gains to any member or shareholder, and whose governing rules or constitution restrict any distribution of funds to any member or shareholder.
  • any entity registered under the Charities Act 2005. 
  • not-for-profit educational institution or body, church or church administration organisation.
  • if you are a small unincorporated organisation which benefits the community and has been operating under a constitution or set of rules, for at least 12 months, please contact us to discuss options for applying under an umbrella organisation.  Your organisation would need to have its own bank account, and financial statements, and have letters of support from at least two independent sources. 
  • collaborative partnerships acting as backbone organisations, should contact us to discuss how best to apply.

If you have any questions relating to the above contact us on 0508 266 878 and ask to speak to one of our Funding Team.


What we don't fund

Rātā Foundation does not make grants to:

  • Directly fund scholarships to individuals.
  • Fund overseas travel for groups or individuals.
  • Other trust funds, capital funds or endowments.
  • Underwrite fund-raising projects.
  • Political parties or groups aligned with political parties.
  • Support the spiritual activity of religious organisations.
  • Fund debt retirement.
  • Retrospective applications (projects which have been completed or cost committed before you have been informed of your funding decision). Check out application timeframes and funding decisions.
  • Commercial organisations or for the commercial activities of not-for-profit organisations.
  • Local government or central government departments for activities which are clearly their responsibility.
  • Fund expenditure related to core curriculum delivery in schools, for example computers and other ICT, basic educational resources, teachers' salaries and operational expenses (except where the cost may legitimately be part of a community based learning programme).
  • Projects where the benefit is outside our funding regions, which cover Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and the Chatham Islands local authority areas.
  • Local government or central government departments for activities that could be deemed their responsibility.

What types of costs are eligible?

We support operating costs and/or project costs.

Operating costs may be considered to support the operating and administration costs of community organisations.  This may include salaries, plus general overheads such as rent, power, phone and administration costs.

Project cost grants may be available to assist funding to one off community projects, events, assets or programmes.


If you require any further information or would like to discuss your application, please contact one of our Funding Team or phone us on freephone 0508 266 878.