When you or your child has a disability, you may face higher costs to meet your support needs.
There are a number of discretionary grants offered that you can apply for. These tend to cover costs that are not typically government funded. Here the details of some funds that might be helpful.
The Jubilee Trust is administered by CCS Disability Action. It offers a general grant, education grants, education scholarships and organisational grants to assist people with physical disabilities living in Auckland, Northland and Whakatane.
Cook Opie Trust
Cook Opie Trust, which is administered by the Jubilee Trust trustees provides grants for the purchase of computer and technical equipment that will assist people with physical disabilities.
Wilson Home Trust Discretionary Grant
The Wilson Home Trust Discretionary Grant is to support an initiative, activity or equipment that will enhance the life of children or young people who have a physical disability.
Halberg Disability Sport Foundation All Sports Activity Fund
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation All Sports Activity Fund provides grants to enable young people with a physical disability to participate in sport and active leisure within their community by supporting the additional costs associated with having a disability.
Variety fund a broad range of requirements, from medical equipment, to mobility needs to innovative educational initiatives.
Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand
The Mazda Foundation issue individual grants. One of their objectives is to support young people through advancement of education and this includes support for equipment for people with disabilities.
Lions Clubs New Zealand
Lions Clubs New Zealand provide funding under Health, Sight, Community and Child Mobility grants. You'll need to contact your local club to request information about funding.
Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand
The Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand offer a range of grants for people with Cystic Fibrosis, including support with education, physical health, hardship and welfare.
Rotary International offer District Grants that fund smaller, short-term activities addressing local needs. You’ll need to contact your local club to apply for specific funding. Local libraries and Citizens Advice Bureau holds lists of the clubs in the region.
J R McKenzie Trust
The J R McKenzie Trust offer grants that fit their mission of a more socially just and inclusive Aotearoa with a particular emphasis on Maori and young people.
North Shore Presbyterian Hospital Trust
This trust offers small grants to improve the health and welfare of individuals living in the North Shore or Hibiscus Coast areas of Auckland City. Applications are considered four times a year and must be received by the 7th of March, June, September and 25th of November in each year.
TIP Most applications require a letter of support or quotes. Use photos to personalise your application and be sure to ask funders for help with the application form if you feel you need help. In most cases you'll find that people are more than happy to help you through the application process!
For information on these and the many other grants available visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau or ask your local library how they can help you access the ‘Fund View’ database.