Funding Framework

BayTrust's funding is allocated into three areas; Community Support and Event Funding, Community Impact Funding and the Strategic Fund. Allocations to each area and the total budget are decided on an annual basis, noting that a degree of flexibility will always be maintained between the budgets of each area.

Community Support and Event Funding up to $15,000

A quick, simple and fast application process where applicants are required to align with at least one of our Outcomes and Attributes, however due to the low value of the grant, a lower level of evaluation, accountability and reporting requirements will be required from the applicants. Please apply for funding at least three months before you need the funds.

  1. applications up to $15,000 received through the monthly granting process;
  2. applications for scholarships received through the Scholarship process

Community Impact Funding between $15,000 & $100,000

A robust application process where applicants are required to have strong alignment to our Outcomes and Attributes, and where demonstration of meeting a number of Outcomes will increase the likelihood of BayTrust’s investment, with a moderate level of evaluation, accountability and reporting requirements. Please apply for funding at least three months before you need the funds.

  1. For applications between $15,000 to $100,000 grants (total commitment if the request is for MYF) received through the quarterly granting process;
  2. MYF commitments and a medium level of non-funding support are considered;
  3. Evaluative practices are encouraged.

Strategic Fund for applications over $100,000

A staged business case application process including an initial expression of interest (EOI), shortlist and then business case presentations with greater weight given to projects that deliver to multiple Outcomes and align to multiple Attributes with a high level of evaluation, accountability and reporting requirements. The Strategic Fund is where BayTrust will be looking to make a meaningful and measurable difference in the BOP community.

  1. Applications between $100,000 and $500,000 will be considered (more for BOP wide initiatives);
  2. Applications will be decided on an annual basis by the BayTrust Board with consideration given to population and regional needs and balance between our Outcomes;
  3. The application process will be initially through expressions of interest with those applicants shortlisted by Trustees invited to complete a full business case;
  4. Capital projects will be considered (generally up to 20% of the total project costs);
  5. Matched funding is desirable;
  6. Groups can only apply for one initiative in each strategic funding round;
  7. Groups that have applied for or received funding within the past 12 months from BayTrust may apply, if the application is for a different project.


Application Process and Questions

All applications are submitted online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the office, and we will provide assistance. Once your application has been submitted online, you will receive an acknowledgement confirming that we have recieved your application.

Grant applications up to $15,000 are reviewed monthly by committee, and groups are advised to apply at least three months before they need to use the funds. 

Grant applications for $15,000 and over are reviewed quarterly by the full board and groups are encouraged to apply three months in advance of when they need to use the funds to ensure that their application will be reviewed in time.

The application is made up of four parts as below:

Organisation Details:

This is where you provide information about your organisation including your: official name, IRD Number, names of people involved, volunteer and staff numbers, contact details, bank account details, legal details, geographic information etc.

Community Grant

This is the section where you to tell us about your programme or project and demonstrate alignment with our Outcomes, Priorities and Attributes. The questions you will be asked are below:

How much are you applying for?

What is the purpose of the grant? Give a brief description of the project, programme or activities you are seeking funding for. Ensure you give enough information that we can gain an understanding of your activities and your organisation.

Why is this project, programme or activity needed? What supporting evidence is this based on?describe the context in which you operate, to help us understand why you need to undertake this activity/project.

What are the outcomes that your organisation is aiming to achieve? BayTrust has identified nine outcome areas, with priorities within each of these.  Identify where your outcome area(s) have strong alignment with BayTrust’s Outcome areas and priorities.   

List each separate BayTrust Outcome area and priority within it, and then demonstrate how your activities align with these. Note - we do not expect you to be able to align to all of BayTrust’s Outcome areas.​

If your activity, services or project are not fully funded, please indicate how will you cover the shortfall? If you are unable to raise the full amount required, what will this mean for your activity, services or project? How do you plan to be funded in the long-term?

How do you evaluate your effectiveness? How do you know that what you are doing is achieving the outcomes, the changes that you are aiming for?

Costs and Funding

In this section you advise us of the total cost of the programme, how much you are applying to BayTrust for and how you are going to fund the balance. You are also asked to show us any other income that you have received or are intending to apply for. This is also where you provide information about your last year's Financial Accounts/Statement


This is where you attach the supporting documents to your application. For an application to be processed at a minimum you must include:

Pre-printed Bank Deposit Slip

Most recent year Annual Financial Accounts, if these are over six months old,  we will require further documentation showing your current financial situation

A complete budget showing all income and expenses related to your programme or project.

This is where you can also attach: feasibility studies, evaluation reports and supporting letters.

You can include a link through to a website that show media for trustees to view

It is important to note that Trustees do not generally see attachments, so that if anything is critical to you application, you should include it as answer in the Community Grant section.


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Thank you for showing interest in applying for funding. We fund programmes and projects that work towards achieving our Outcomes and Priorities and contain the Attributes we require. These Outcomes, Priorities and Attributes are listed below.

Strengthened Whanau - Babies and Youth

Rationale: BayTrust recognises the importance of family and whanau as the basic unit in communities – when the family unit is strong, it follows that our communities will be healthy and strong. Our priorities in this area are:

​The first 1000 days of Child’s Life

The first 1000 days of a child’s life is the best time to make an investment into a child, and addressing the needs of a baby means effectively addressing the needs of the family. Evidence supports the value of investment into this phase of a child’s development as cost beneficial


  1. Programmes addressing the needs of families and children, e.g. parenting programmes, especially where addressing those identified at risk or with high needs;
  2. Programmes should have identified outcomes and a long term approach, be based on sound practice and show strong alignment to the effective interventions identified in our research.


BayTrust believes that when Youth are involved and engaged within their community – through a range of activities (work, sport, volunteerism, education) they are more likely to lead productive lives and become good citizens that will provide leadership for our communities in the future.


  1. Activities that support youth engagement;
  2. Youth support services and programmes that encourage youth to be productive members of the community, that are strengths based, have identified outcomes and a long term approach, are based on sound practice and can show strong alignment to the effective interventions identified in our research;
  3. That facilitate youth into post-secondary education, training or employment.

Vulnerable families and children

For a variety of reasons, some families, children and parents need assistance to reach their full potential, improve their lives, or recover from setbacks. Supporting family members to become strong will lead to strong communities.  


  1. Programmes addressing the needs of children, especially those who are at risk or vulnerable, to help them overcome difficulties and thrive
  2. Programmes or activities that support adults/parents who are vulnerable, at risk or disadvantaged
  3. Programmes should have identified outcomes and a long term approach, and be based on sound practice.

Inclusive Communities

Rationale: BayTrust has a role in fostering acceptance of community diversity and assisting those at a disadvantage to participate in and contribute to the community to the best of their ability. We recognise the challenges posed by changing demographics on communities and the relationship of Tangata Whenua to the land.


  1. Programmes that promote general health and wellbeing for those who are disadvantaged – through illness, inequality, age, disability or geographical situation;
  2. Effects of demographic changes on people and activities that focus on how to reduce the negative impacts of these changes, especially those that take a regional perspective;
  3. Activities that promote the acceptance of diversity within our communities

Safe communities

Rationale: Feeling safe within communities is necessary to personal wellbeing and enjoyment of our natural resources.


  1. Lifesaving, Coastguard, water survival and safety organisations and activities;
  2. Search and Rescue operations and organisations;
  3. Community Policing activities and organisations

Healthy Sustainable Housing

Rationale: We recognise the importance of healthy, sustainable housing in enabling people and families to lead healthy, productive lives.


  1. Programmes that address issues of sub-standard housing and or lack of social housing;
  2. Retrofitting insulation programmes where there is a community approach to the programme.


Rationale: Community development encourages communities to address their own issues, build on their own strengths and natural advantages. This builds cohesion, enhances the lives of people within communities and increases their sense of belonging, wellbeing and happiness.  Economic vibrancy, prosperity and jobs that provide a sustainable wage or better, plus all year round employment are essential to retain citizens and enable communities to thrive.


  1. Community organisations and activities that facilitate community development at a community level, encourage community cohesion and pride, volunteerism and equity amongst citizens;
  2. Activities that seek to address economic challenges, or improve economic welfare; the creation of sustainable employment opportunities;
  3. Activities that encourage or support the creation and enhancement of social enterprises.


Rationale: BayTrust recognises the benefit of sport and recreational activities in contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of community members, and the role sport plays in providing a mechanism for inclusion of individuals in a community. BayTrust believes the most strategic manner it can contribute to sport is through its involvement in the CoachForce programme which is delivered across 19 sporting codes across the BOP region by our strategic partner Sport BOP, and achieves recognisable community outcomes.


  1. CoachForce programme due to its wide coverage and identified community benefits;
  2. Other sports and recreational activities that are not supported by CoachForce where the activity is an important part of that community, is well supported by the community and is easily accessible to all.


Rationale: BayTrust believes involvement in arts, culture and heritage, community activities and events enriches people’s lives and increases their sense of wellbeing and connectedness.


  1. Applications for community driven arts, cultural and heritage opportunities / activities that enrich the lives of communities through active participation and that ideally work in a collaborative manner reflecting community priorities e.g. community arts programmes.
  2. Contributions to capital costs (generally up to a maximum of 20%) for buildings or assets where they are of strong local significance or historical importance with considerable wider community benefit.
  3. Events up to $15,000 maximum (or a GAL) where the majority of the below elements are present:
  • a free to the public component;
  • high community appeal (the event reflects the interests of a high % of the community);
  • outreach to schools or youth involvement;
  • local community involvement in the organisation and delivery of the event;
  • high volunteer involvement;
  • where BayTrust funding will make a material difference to the event;
  • that have material economic development spin offs.


Rationale: We need strong community organisations and strong community leaders to deliver good quality programmes and activities that address community needs and aspirations.


  1. Activities that build the capacity and capability of community organisations or social enterprises, especially those that drive greater sustainability; support evaluative practices, service improvement and collaborative practices;
  2. Activities that support and enable community leaders;
  3. Activities that encourage and support volunteerism.


Rationale: The natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability and future of BOP.


  1. Community led natural environmental initiatives;
  2. Activities that promote community involvement in sustainability practices or raise awareness of environmental issues at a community level;
  3. Activities that recognise the natural environment as a cornerstone of sustainable communities and support those that show leadership within this space.


To help determine the likelihood of
funding success BayTrust will apply
its funding strategically by investing
in programmes and activities that
contain the following attributes:

1. Are BOP wide or BOP replicable, and are
       community led.

2. Contain measurable outcomes and
       embedded evaluative practices.

3. Build capacity and capability of
       community groups and individuals who
       are potential community leaders

4. Support those in the BOP who have the
       greatest need

5. Incorporate a Partnership approach

6. Foster Youth engagement and early child

7. Deliver innovative solutions to social issues

Note: the more of these attributes that an application can demonstrate it meets, the more likelihood of funding and the greater the funding that can be accesses.

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