Reply To: We are a new community funded Charitable Trust providing affordable, accessible and equitable  healthcare to the Wairarapa Community and visitors.   Any support, mentoring, funding, guidance is requested. 


Welcome to the charitable sector!

The first place I’d point you to is Community Net which has a heap of free resources for charities – https://community.net.nz/.

Joining peak bodies is helpful to start building networks, identifying potential mentors, and finding out more about the wider sector. I’d suggest you start with Social Service Providers Aotearoa – https://sspa.org.nz/.

The best way to find what funding is available is through organisations who keep track of what’s out there. Try Generosity NZ – https://generosity.org.nz/ – or Strategic Grants – https://www.strategicgrants.co.nz/. They both are fee-based but will save you a huge amount of time searching yourself online.

Another way to identify potential funders is to find out who is funding similar charities and using that as a starting point to see if you meet their criteria. You can search for charities on the Charities Register – https://www.register.charities.govt.nz/CharitiesRegister/Search. Always reach out to the funding advisor for a philanthropic trust before applying. Will save you lots of time!

I also suggest you contact the DIA Community Advisors to ask for advice about funding and/or local contacts – https://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/how-we-can-help-and-where-to-find-us/

Nga mihi