Grants and Scholarships

At Perpetual Guardian it is our privilege to manage the largest number of registered Charitable Trusts in New Zealand. We administer over 580 Charitable Trusts on behalf of the generous legacies of our clients. Annually, this translates to approximately $30 million invested in the community through grants and scholarships.

Our Vision

Our vision is for stronger New Zealand communities where everyone thrives.


Our grants strategy is to facilitate our clients enduring legacy – providing expert guidance to maximise impact and ensuring their goals and wishes are managed with integrity.

Applying for Funding

You can download our Granting Schedule – this shows what grants and scholarships are available and when.

Late updated 11 September 2018

New Granting System

We continuously look for ways to improve our granting system and have taken on board all your feedback. We are excited to announce that we have a new system that will allow you to:

  • Save your applications midway so you can complete it later
  • Keep track of all your applications and accountability reports on one Applicant Dashboard
  • Easier file uploads
  • Less submission errors

Once you have started an application, you will receive an email. Please read the instructions carefully in this email and all subsequent emails. We also have helpful information on our FAQs tab for each Trust you apply for. The following instructions are to assist with your applications:

  • You will need to create a new login for each trust as accountability reports have to be submitted using the individual links sent to you via email after the grant has been approved. However you may see the status across all trusts you have submitted an application for while being logged into one trust.
  • To return to your incomplete application, follow the link in the first email that was sent to you, don’t start another application.
  • You may skip to other questions by clicking on the different steps on the left menu in the application.

Important Note: Your application will be automatically declined if you do not submit your application by the due date even if you have already started one.

Application Forms

To help make our granting process simpler, we have introduced new application forms. At times, you will see that there are different application forms available. If you choose to apply for a larger the grant, we will be asking more questions to get a better understanding of your project or activity. If there is only one application to choose from, this will be based off our under $15,000 grant application. The following application form templates give an indication of what to expect:

Open Grants:

The Andrea Hewitt Foundation

Tuesday 18th September 2018 to Tuesday 20th November 2018

To support young multisport athletes in their endeavours to compete in national or international multisport competition. Contributions will be towards travel or equipment.

Info and application form

The B A Lewis Charitable Trust

Monday 17th September 2018 to Friday 5th October 2018

To support:

  • Religious activities - only Jewish religious centres, Kadimah College and Shalom Court
  • Social services - only organisations supporting individuals with disabilities
  • Health - only as it relates to babies and young children.

Info and application form

The Kathleen Spragg Agricultural Research Trust

Monday 17th September 2018 to Friday 5th October 2018

For research, development and training which would be of value to the pastoral industry of New Zealand. Further funding guidelines available on application:

Info and application form

New Zealand Charitable Foundation

Monday 10th September 2018 to Friday 28th September 2018

For charitable organisations that operate with effect in the Canterbury area.

Info and application form

The Mr. and Mrs. George Denton Trust

Monday 3rd September 2018 to Friday 28th September 2018

For botanic beautification of Wellington City and/or purposes and institutions in the City of Wellington which are protestant, charitable and educational.

Info and Application Form

The John T Gibson Trust

1st September 2018 to Friday 28th September 2018

For Taranaki students who will commence either a University Agricultural Course or a Veterinary Science Course in 2019 - to purchase text books necessary for that particular course.

Info and application form

Alexander & Gladys Shepherd Scholarship Trust

1st September 2018 to Friday 28th September 2018

For Taranaki applicants embarking on studies in 2019 for the following purposes:

  • Education or training to attain further knowledge and skills towards farming pursuits at an approved education facility, or
  • Attainment of an agricultural degree or certificate at a tertiary institution or other suitable education facility or training farm.

Info and application form

Upcoming Grants:

A K Franks Charitable Trust

Monday 1st October 2018 to Friday 19th October 2018

For charitable purposes in the Northland District.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding grants and scholarships, how you can leave an enduring legacy or if you would like to receive our philanthropy newsletter with more info on the Trusts we manage and helpful resources, please email

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