BayTrust offers two scholarships, the BayTrust Disability Scholarship and the BayTrust Kaitiakitanga Scholarship, please see below for more information.

BayTrust - Kaitiakitanga Scholarship


Originally named the 'Bruce Cronin Scholarship' after first manager of BayTrust, serving from 1996 to 2014.

This scholarship was established to recognise his service to the people of the Bay of Plenty.



  • To be eligible to apply for a BayTrust - Kaitiakitanga Scholarship, applicants must have links to the BayTrust geographical area.
  • The BayTrust geographical area is shown on the BayTrust website and applicants will be eligible if they were born in, or attended school in, or whakapapa back to the area.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a New Zealand university.



Up to two scholarships may be available each year.

The scholarship(s) will carry an award of $5,000 each and is to support postgraduate study at Master or Doctoral level at a New Zealand University in the following area of research:

  • Kaitikakitanga - Protecting and improving our environment for future generations.

The selection committee (Universities NZ & BayTrust staff) reserves the right to determine if the applicant’s area of research falls into this category.

The dissertation or thesis should have a demonstrable benefit to the wider Bay of Plenty region.

If there are two worthy candidates that apply then a total of $10,000 in total could be awarded.



Candidates should complete an application form using the Universities NZ on-line scholarship application website:

The closing date by which applications must be complete and submitted through the website is 1 February for tenure in the same year.

The on-line application form will request, and applicants must provide:


  1. evidence of their qualifying association with the Bay of Plenty;
  2. an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  3. a description of the research (to a maximum of 1,000 words) which identifies the benefits to the Bay of Plenty region.


The online application will prompt candidates to request a copy of their academic transcript from their New Zealand University.

In the online application candidates are asked to nominate two people to provide references in support of their application:

  • one referee should be able to comment on the candidate’s academic ability and capacity;
  • the other referee should be able to comment on the candidate’s association with the Bay of Plenty.

BayTrust - Disability Scholarship - Tū kaha, Whai kaha

The BayTrust Disability Scholarship (Tū kaha, Whai Kaha – stand tall, people with disabilities) was established by BayTrust in 1990.  It was originally named after the late Ray Dillon, former Chair of BayTrust who was well known for his active support of people with disabilities.  The scholarship was established to support Bay of Plenty students with disabilities whose home base is within the Bay of Plenty.  If asked, students must provide proof of their relationship to the Bay of Plenty going back to parents/grandparents. 


Applications for the Disability scholarship are now OPEN for the following year of study (2023).

Apply HERE

If you have any questions please call or email Yvonne on 07 578 6546 or


4 Quick Facts About The BayTrust Disability Scholarship.

  1. The scholarship provides financial assistance to people who have significant disabilities and who will be undertaking tertiary education.

  2. Scholars may receive up to $5,000 per annum for 4 years full-time study.

  3. Applications are open only between November and January.

  4. BayTrust operates and funds the BayTrust Disability Scholarship.

Are You Eligible to Apply For The BayTrust Disability Scholarship?

  • Yes, if you have a significant disability.
  • Yes, if you are planning to go to University or Polytechnic (or another New Zealand based institution recognised by NZQA, or equivalent).
  • Yes, if you are already going to University or Polytechnic (or another New Zealand based institution recognised by NZQA, or equivalent).
  • Yes, if your home base is within the Bay of Plenty area.

What Else You Need to Know About The BayTrust Disability Scholarship?

  • Applications should be made in the year prior to the year of study.
  • The amount of the Scholarship is at the discretion of the Trust, up to $5,000 per annum for 4 years full-time study. Part-time students may be given a Scholarship for up to 5 years.
  • Scholarship funds will be released to successful applications on receipt of all required documents and proof of registration at the tertiary institution of their choice.
  • There is no age limit for applicants.
  • All applications will be assessed by the Scholarship Committee. 
  • The Trustees’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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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. 


  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 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.

Tū Māori mai

  1. Activities or programmes that promote a strong Māori cultural identity (including Te Reo and tikanga) and contribute to a range of positive outcomes,
  2. Activities or programmes that help build knowledge of local Māori histories that help build understanding and positive collective futures
  3. Contributions to capital projects on Marae (up to $15k).


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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