John Ilott Charitable Trust

Information for Applicants

Applications are open to New Zealand organisations between 1 and 31 October each year. Applications cannot be considered outside this time-frame. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to consider late applications therefore it is advisable to send applications early. The John Ilott Charitable Trust was set up with the intention of supporting smaller and individual organisations/groups and therefore in general, applications from Charities that are part of a large national organisation will not be endorsed unless there are exceptional circumstances to warrant further consideration.

The Trust's grants criteria are set out below. Projects will only be considered if they fit within these guidelines:

  1. Projects to help newly formed groups and organisations needing a little “seed-money” and able to show that they are likely to succeed
  2. Projects associated with better literacy and reading knowledge – both for children and adults
  3. Projects advancing sexual education
  4. Projects to assist parents
  5. Projects to assist with problems of babies and pre-school children
  6. Projects to assist with problems of children and young people
  7. Projects to assist women, including those re-entering the paid workforce
  8. Projects offering advanced training for individuals already highly skilled in differing forms of the arts, or in charitable, educational or other activities which will finally help the community

Applications must be on the official Application Form, in its original format and must be posted along with supporting information including:

  • a detailed description of the purpose of the requested funding
  • the latest set of financial statements (audited accounts are not required)
  • the latest annual report
  • a bank deposit slip or a print out from a bank statement (this is critical as our grants are paid electronically)
  • minutes of the board meeting, or a signed resolution agreeing to apply for funding
  • quotes or other evidence of the costs being applied for
  • information as to whether the organisation is GST registered, a registered charity, an incorporated society, a branch of a national organisation or part of a federation of aligned organisations.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept emailed applications, these need to be posted to our PO Box. Any complete application post-marked on or before the closing date will be processed for consideration. We do encourage applicants to send their applications in earlier rather than leaving it to the closing date in case of returned or delayed post.

You will receive an emailed receipt when your application is received.  As we receive a lot of mail towards the end of the application period, applications received around this time may not be receipted until a day or two after they have been received. If this may cause concern, it is advised to send your application early.

Please note that it is expected that successful grants be accounted for by 31 July the year following the grant.  If this is not possible, an extension should be requested from the Administrator. A grant must be accounted for before any further applications can be considered therefore applicants are encouraged to ensure funding being applied for can be used in a timely manner.  See Accountability Requirements for more information.


Tips for success:

Ensure your application is posted on time, and is complete, with all the supporting information included and the application form clearly filled out. 

Be specific in your request and request funding for things essential to your project.

If you have any questions, please email the Administrator.

Examples of past successful requests for funding:

  • provision and delivery of an educational programme for children
  • tutoring for four students with literacy and numeracy needs
  • professional supervision for volunteer workers, counsellors and co-ordinator
  • stationery and client library resources
  • counselling with a focus on sexuality education
  • printing the new magazine
  • running the English Conversation Class for senior refugees
  • two staff members to complete an advanced first aid qualification
  • venue hire cost for the parenting and life skills course for young mums
  • providing advocacy, budgeting and assistance for work readiness
  • resourcing and delivering two budgeting courses
  • running the residential safe house for women and children
  • manager/fieldworker salary
  • 12 months phone and broadband costs
  • delivering 330 sexual health presentations to Auckland schools
  • supporting the annual staff training, supervision and education
  • stationery and printer costs for the Alternative Education School
  • providing a free positive parenting short course to parents and caregivers
  • operating costs and salary for grief coping programme


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