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Grant Seekers

We distribute over $40 million of community funding and grants on behalf of our clients and generous donors each year. If you have a community project, charity, or cause that needs a hand, you can find out about more about apply for funding here.

Grant funding in a Covid19 impacted giving environment

At Perpetual Guardian we have a fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interests of the Trusts that we manage in perpetuity, and to oversee the advancement of the original charitable intentions for Settlors and Trusts.  We continue to see and monitor the (as yet not fully known) economic impacts of COVID-19 on the Trusts we manage.  This is being managed on a case by case basis, and in some instances has seen granting placed on hold.

Other philanthropic funders are taking a range of approaches and the majority of these funders are family, community or private philanthropists, so have very different considerations from a trust company such as Perpetual Guardian, a philanthropic leader and professional trustee with an obligation to act in perpetuity.

Perpetual Guardian continues to take a balanced and prudent approach to our grant-making to ensure that capital and income can be sustained and where necessary rebuild so we can continue to support charities in needs as per the Settlors intent, and for the medium to long term.  This means that for grant seekers some of our available grant funding will fluctuate, but please rest assured that we are monitoring this ever-evolving situation and will continue to look to achieve as much benefit for New Zealand as we possible can, given these constraints.

We will continue to publish on our website which grants are open for applications so please check below.

Applying for funding


As the custodian of our clients’ philanthropic investment, we work hard to understand and act on their founding vision.

You can use our application schedules below to determine whether any of our legacy giving programmes match your organisation’s area of operation (or your individual endeavours).  

We constantly enhance this information to help enable you to conduct thoughtful research, planning, and the project-matching needed to pair with the right kind of funding for your organisation.  Please check back regularly for any updates.  

To apply for funding from Trusts open for applications, visit Grants Open & Upcoming.  


We value our interactions and learning about your work. There are different reporting requirements for each Trust managed by Perpetual Guardian.  We will communicate the requirements with you if your grant application is successful.

Application schedules - last updated 19 May 2022

Our 2022 applications schedules are available below.  Please check back regularly for additions and amendments.

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