Main menu

Skip to content

Frequently asked questions

Here are a number of questions which come up regularly.  If you’ve got a question which isn’t in the list, please give us a call or send us an email.

These questions are all about applying for a grant from the J R McKenzie Trust.  If you have any questions about the J R McKenzie Youth Education Fund, which is a separate fund administered by Rotary clubs, please click here.

Answer: It’s essential to check to see if what you’re applying for meets our criteria.  If so, you can complete an outline application here.

Answer: Following a review in 2010, we are taking a more strategic, focused approach to our grant making.  We are now making larger grants, over a longer duration, with a stronger connection to our Strategy.  Whereas before 2010 around 80% of applicants received a grant from us, the “success rate” is now 5%.  We’d encourage you to read more about our strategic approach here.

Answer: Before applying, check whether your approach fits strongly with our strategy, which is set out here.  In particular, we want to fund capacity development, self-determined Māori development, and advocacy and other work towards social change.

  • Answer: Within about 5 weeks you should hear whether your application has been shortlisted or not considered for a grant.  If shortlisted, you will have 5 weeks to complete a full application, with a final decision made about 9 weeks later: so the whole process takes approximately 5 months.
  • Answer: Check you have clicked submit.  If the application has definitely been submitted, give us a call to check.  You can find our contact details here.

Answer: We don’t presume to define “Māori development”, but we have a strong preference for Māori-led development for Māori.  Activities are likely to:

    • Be ‘by Māori and for Māori’
    • Have positive, practical outcomes for Māori
    • Follow a kaupapa Māori approach
    • Contribute to the fulfilment of Māori aspirations to live as Māori; actively participate as citizens of the world; and to enjoy good health/well-being and a high standard of living
    • Ensure Māori participation in decision-making
    • Provide for long-term sustainability of outcomes.

Answer: This has always been a core priority for the Trust.  There is now very strong evidence that acting early with children who have a high chance of not doing well, and their caregivers, is more effective than leaving things until later.  We are keen to support early intervention and prevention strategies whenever possible.

    • “Children” include people up to 18 years old.Have positive, practical outcomes for Māori
    • “Disadvantage” means reduced ability to enjoy a full quality of life, for example because of: poverty; an environment that does not meet basic physical, social, cultural and emotional needs; discrimination and stigma; disability and health disorders; abuse and/or a risk to safety; poor employment opportunities, etc.

Answer: We don’t usually fund the construction of buildings or capital works.  You can find a list of things which the Trust doesn’t generally make grants for here.  If you are still not sure or would like to discuss this further, please contact us.

Answer: In line with our strategy, we wouldn’t normally fund applications focussed only on service delivery.

Answer: No.  If your outline application is shortlisted you will be asked to complete a full application, including more detailed information about your organisation and its background, at a later stage.

Answer: Our grants usually range between $35,000 and $300,000, over a period of 1-3 years.  You can find out more about our current grants here.

Answer: There is no fixed maximum grant.  You should think carefully about how your project will work towards long term systemic change, in line with our vision and strategy.  Consider the realistic costs involved in your project, and apply for the amount you need to carry it out.

Answer: We very rarely make grants this small.  We’d encourage you to think strategically about what you want to achieve and how it will contribute towards a more socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand over the long term.