The J R McKenzie Trust was established as a charitable trust in 1940. Each year the Trust receives a dividend from its assets, that it can apply towards projects and initiatives that contribute to our vision A socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand: Kia hua mai he whenua ka toko i te tika me te pono hei korowai mō Aotearoa.
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The Trust offers a range of grants to eligible community organisations and advocacy groups with an emphasis on long-term change – working with the aim of reducing the need for health and social services over time.
The Trust has three focus areas for funding:
If a project fits within one of our funding focus areas, then the kinds of activities we are interested in funding include:
We prefer to fund multi-year projects that demonstrate impact and financial sustainability.
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Each year, we run two funding rounds for groups seeking support for projects and initiatives that fit our funding focus. The full process for successful applicants takes four to five months. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised if they have not been selected for funding within six weeks of outline applications closing.
You may submit one application only per calendar year.
All outline applications received are assessed by staff and a subcommittee of Trustees in a double review process and a shortlist is agreed. Applicants who are shortlisted are notified six weeks after the closing date of their outline application submission that a full application can be submitted.
Our next funding round opens on 18 December 2018 and closes in early 2019.
For each Round, the following steps apply:
The Working Together More Fund (WTMF) – He Pūtea Mahi Tahi – was established to help groups wanting to work together to achieve greater results for our communities.
Representatives of funders Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, J R McKenzie Trust, Todd Foundation, and The Tindall Foundation came together in 2009 to discuss how they could best support NGOs to manage through the recession and into the years ahead. The funders commissioned research and consultation into collaboration and found that:
In October 2009, the WTMF was launched. In October 2011, The Hugh Green Foundation joined the group, and was followed by the DV Bryant Trust in December 2013.
For more information and to apply visit the website.
Please note this fund has now closed.
In 1992, Sir Roy McKenzie established the Deaf Decade Trust funded by his Rangatira Ltd shares. Sir Roy originally planned the fund to operate for ten years, but it continued supporting initiatives until the end of 2017. Called the Deaf Development Fund (DDF), it operated as a committee of the J R McKenzie Trust.
The purpose of the DDF was to support projects that contribute to the development of the Deaf/NZSL community. DDF especially sought to fund projects that may not fit the criteria of larger funding sources. Grants were made to organisations, community groups and individuals for a wide range of purposes. They ranged in size from under $500 to $10,000, with most grants being under $4,000.
Grant decisions were made by the DDF committee, Lesley Carmichael, Rachel McKee, and Victoria Manning.
DDF funded Deaf Studies Awards to support Deaf people to train as NZSL teachers in the ‘Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL’ programme at Victoria University of Wellington. The Sir Roy McKenzie VUW Deaf scholarships were also funded by DDF. These awards will continue to be available through the Victoria University Scholarships Office.
Having a very similar name means that we are often contacted with applications for this fund. The Youth Education Fund is a separate funding body established by J R McKenzie. Although similarly named, this fund is not run by the J R McKenzie Trust. It is administered and distributed by Rotary District representatives around the country.
The funding focus is on providing assistance where death, sickness, family break–up, or economic hardship causes difficulty for young people and their caregivers to meet the young person’s education costs.
For more information on the types of things funded by the J R McKenzie Youth Education Fund, and who to contact, visit www.youtheducationfund.org.nz