Community Support - JR McKenzie Trust

JR McKenzie Trust


The J R McKenzie Trust was established in 1940 by Rotarian Sir John McKenzie. As an independent philanthropic trust, it is able to support a very diverse range of organisations and initiatives.  The Trust looks for opportunities to build relationships with the organisation it supports.

Its strategy for 2010 - 2014 is to focus all that it does as a Trust, including grant making, on working towards a more socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Trust’s focus during this time is on two main areas -

  • Disadvantaged Children and their Families and Māori Development
  • Applications with a focus on other especially marginalised groups may also be considered.

The Trust provides funding and other support to community organisations which share our goals, and which work in one or more of the following ways -

  • Capacity development
  • Māori Development
  • Social Change

The Trust has a two-stage funding process. 

  • The first stage is a brief Outline application designed to give us an idea of what organisations want to achieve. 
  • Some applicants are then invited to submit a full proposal. 

The founder ensured that Rotary would play an important part in the administration of the Trust.  The Board includes a Trustee from each of the Rotary Districts, who chairs each regional panel.  These panels provide crucial local input in grant making decisions.

The closing dates for Outline applications, along with the Outline application form and further information can be obtained from the Trust’s website at

Iain Hines
Executive Director       
J R McKenzie Trust
P O Box 10 006, Wellington 6143
Phone: (04) 472 8876(04) 472 8876