$1.15M distributed to community organisations in 2019!

Application information

How to apply for funding

We have one funding round per annum which includes applications for both Acorn Foundation and The Tindall Foundation funds.  The 2019 funding round has now closed and all preliminary applications submitted before the deadline are currently being reviewed.   

The 2019 Acorn Foundation funding criteria is outlined below.  Scroll down further to read about The Tindall Foundation funding.

Who can apply?

Charities and community organisations that benefit the Western Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.

  • The Western Bay of Plenty region encompasses the following areas: Waihi Beach, Katikati, Kaimai, Tauranga, Te Puke and Maketu, including Paengaora, Pongakawa and Pukehina.

Acorn also distributes funds on behalf of The Tindall Foundation in both the Western BOP and Eastern BOP regions.

  • The Eastern Bay of Plenty includes the districts around Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau, but excludes Rotorua, Minginui and Murupara.

What will Acorn fund?

Acorn will provide funding for any charitable purpose (meaning every purpose which in accordance with the law of New Zealand is charitable,) within our stated priority areas. The Acorn Foundation will consider applications for project costs and for general operating costs, including salaries/wages, rent and vehicle operating costs.

2019 funding priorities 

The following categories have been identified by our 2018 Vital Signs® research as needing extra support and have been selected as our priority funding areas this year:

1) Housing and reducing inequity

  • Improving the affordability and accessibility of owning or renting an appropriate home
  • Improving basic household financial skills

2) Supporting young adults

  • Initiatives that support successful transition from education to employment

3) Health & Wellness/Safety

  • Reducing drug and alcohol abuse
  • Reducing domestic violence
  • Reducing child abuse

4) Building stronger communities 

5) Caring for the environment

6) Other: Limited funding is available as specified by individuals donors in the areas listed below.  We recommend you contact us before submitting your application to ensure your organisation meets donor wishes. 

  • Organisations supporting people recovering from addiction
  • Organisations supporting people with medical treatment or conditions
  • Children with specific health or education needs (funds need to go to a charitable organisation)
  • Organisations benefiting the deaf
  • Organisations supporting victims of abuse, particularly sexual abuse

Acorn doesn’t fund the following categories:

  • Individuals (other than specific scholarships – see our scholarships page)
  • Groups that are not incorporated
  • The purchase of capital assets where the cost exceeds $3,000
  • Core education
  • Overseas travel (other than through scholarships)
  • Religious or political advocacy
  • Retrospective claims

Tindall Foundation funding

The Acorn Foundation also distributes funds on behalf of The Tindall Foundation, supporting Family/Whanau and Community. To find out more about these two categories, click on the links below:

The Tindall Foundation doesn’t fund the following categories:

  • Core or public health service
  • Core education
  • Research
  • Sport, leisure and recreation
  • The arts
  • Overseas
  • Buildings or land
  • Animal charities
  • The purchase of capital assets or equipment where the cost exceeds $3,000
  • Core Education/Scholarships
  • Individuals
  • Loans and Endowment funds
  • Religious or Political advocacy
  • Retrospective claims
  • Sponsorships
  • Venture Capital initiatives

Tindall Foundation funding is distributed in August at the same time as Acorn Foundation funding. There is no separate application form – successful applications to Acorn will be considered for both funding streams.

Funding limits

There is an upper limit of $10,000 per application for both Acorn and Tindall funding.

When to apply

We have one funding round per annum, which generally opens in early May.  Follow us on Facebook to ensure you are notified when the funding round opens. 

If you are unsure whether your organisation qualifies for Acorn Foundation funding, please contact Margot McCool or Jo Wilson at 07 579 9839.

Application process

We have a two-step on-line application process.

  1. The simple preliminary application must be completed by the set deadline to help us ascertain whether your organisation or project fits within the Acorn or Tindall priorities and criteria. We will advise you of the results of the preliminary application very quickly (usually within a week of applying), and if applicable, we will invite you to complete a full application. 
  2. Full applications, including financials, are due within a set deadline (usually end of June) and are reviewed by Acorn staff and Distributions Committee members. We schedule visits with groups we are unfamiliar with or with whom we haven’t had contact for some time. Our Distributions Committee meets at the end of July to determine the successful applicants, and once the grants are ratified by the Acorn Foundation Trustees, the decisions are announced in mid-August.

Generosity NZ (www.generosity.org.nz) provides extensive details on other funding options available in New Zealand.