Grants Open & Upcoming

Update: Funding rounds during the current lockdown

Last updated: 22 October 2021.

Kia ora to fundraisers and charities across Aotearoa who have arrived here to check out what might be happening with our funding rounds during the current Covid19 outbreak.

We are pleased to let you know that scheduled application rounds are proceeding.  In some instances we have provided some additional time for you to submit an application.  Where application rounds have a generous time-frame to submit, we do not anticipate closing dates to extend.  Please ensure your application is submitted by the published due date. All closing dates outlined below are current as at 4 October 2021.  Please check back again regularly for any updates.

The Philanthropy Team at Perpetual Guardian are available to provide support should you need it.  The best method of contact during lockdown is via email to  One of our team will be back in touch with you within 24 hours Mon-Fri.

Noho ora mai,
Liz, Kirsten, Jessie & Lynette

Introducing a change to our application process: The Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub

We are pleased to let you know that we are transitioning to a new Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub. 

The Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub will enable fundseekers to: 

  • Submit a request for funding
  • Log in and save and return functionality
  • Update your organisation details
  • Track the status of your funding request
  • Review your current grants and report due dates
  • Submit reports
  • Monitor grant payments.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

Over the next few months we will be gradually transitioning our funding applications to the Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub.  We will include instructions in the grants open now and upcoming grants information where the new Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub will be used.  What this means is that some applications will be on our standard system and some will be on the new Funding Hub.  We expect to be fully utilising the new Funding Hub from January 2021 so if you would like to create an account now, please fell welcome to do so here:
The Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub

If you’ve got a burning question or some constructive feedback for us when you start to use the Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub, please feel welcome to drop us a line at
And don’t forget, our team are available to help Monday – Friday.  We’ll get back in touch with you within 24 hours (but usually much quicker than this).

Grants Open Now

Use the links provided below to find more detailed information on the Trusts open for applications (listed alphabetically), including guidelines, as well as the online application form.  Please read the guidelines and instructions provided carefully.

Please note that non-submitted applications will be automatically declined.  Please ensure you’ve submitted your application by the due date.  If you need any assistance please email our Philanthropy Team.

Frank Sydenham Scholarships
Scholarship(s) to enable former students from schools with the statutory boundary of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to undertake post graduate horticulture, agriculture or forestry studies (or related subjects).
Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be past pupils of Colleges, Secondary or District Schools in the Bay of Plenty Region.
  • Applicants must already hold a bachelors degree in horticulture, agriculture or forestry from a university in New Zealand, Canada or Australia.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a post graduate qualification in horticulture, agriculture or forestry (or related subjects).
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age.
  • Scholarships may be made available for New Zealand or internationally based post graduate study on a good faith basis that the Scholar will remain in or return to New Zealand for a five year period except for short periods of travel (see application for further detail).

Applications open 1 December 2022 – 17 January 2022. 
Please register for an account on the Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub if you wish to apply for funding for this round.


NEW: Yvonne and Dudley Lorimer Memorial Scholarship in Horticulture
To support students undertaking horticulture related endeavours at WINTEC.  This funding round welcomes applications from students enrolled in one of the following courses in 2022:

  • Level 5 Landscape Design
  • Level 4 Amenity Horticulture
  • Level 4 Arboriculture

Applications open 29 November – 13 December 2021.
For more information and to apply, please use this link.

Upcoming Grants

The following application rounds are sorted alphabetically.

Farming Research Trust (Leonard Condell Farming Postgraduate and PhD Scholarships)
A scholarship to support research in the field of agriculture.  A scholarship is available at both PhD and Postgraduate level.
Open 23 January 2022 – 10 March 2022. 
Please see the Massey University website for more information.

Robert C Bruce Charitable Trust
For afforestation projects on public land. Two types of grants are available:

  1. Project grants (for organisations) for afforestation projects on public land.
  2. Research grants (for individuals) for research directly related to forests and afforestation.

Applications open 6 December. Closing date to be confirmed.
Please register for an account on the Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub if you wish to apply for funding for this round.



Anstiss-Garland Charitable Trust: will not be opening for applications in 2021.

Christchurch Casinos Charitable Trust: will not be opening for applications.

Epilepsy Foundation of New Zealand: will not be opening for applications in 2021.

Jeanne Mary Webb Charitable Trust: will not be opening for applications in 2021.

Trimble Agricultural Research Travel Fellowship: is unlikely to open for applications in 2021 due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on international travel. Please check back again for updates.

2021 Application Schedule

Our 2021 application schedules (Organisations and Individuals) can be found here for planning purposes.
Our 2022 application schedules will be available from late December.

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