John Ilott Charitable Trust

Information for Applicants

Between 1 and 31 October each year, we open applications to New Zealand organisations. We are unable to consider applications received outside this timeframe (including those that are late), so we recommend you send your application as soon as the annual cycle opens.

The John Ilott Charitable Trust was set up to support small and individual organisations/groups, so if we receive an application from a Charity that is part of a large national organisation, it will not usually be endorsed unless exceptional circumstances warrant its further consideration.

To be considered for a grant, projects must fit within the Trust’s guidelines. The criteria are:

  1. Projects that help newly formed groups and organisations with a little “seed-money” and that can 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 that offer advanced training for individuals already highly skilled in forms of the arts, or in charitable, educational or other activities that will finally help the community

Applications must be on the official Application Form, (in its original format) and must be submitted along with the following support information:

  1. a detailed description of the purpose of the funds
  2. latest financial statements to demonstrate the income and solvency of the organisation (we prefer audited or reviewed financial statements)
  3. a Board resolution confirming the application to apply for funding
  4. a bank deposit slip or a print out from a bank statement (as our grants are paid electronically)
  5. Confirmation of the organisation’s status - GST number, Charities Commission number, incorporated society or other entity number.

Electronic submission

From 2021, we prefer that applications are submitted by email. As we recognise some organisations may not yet have the technology to meet this requirement, we will accept a hard copy application during the 2021 application round. If your organisation is unable to provide an email application, you can send the hard-copy by post to our post office box (PO Box 10-243, Wellington, 6143).

All complete applications sent or post-marked on or before the closing date will be included in our grant considerations. We do strongly encourage you to send your application in early please.

We will send you an email to acknowledge your application has been received.


Organisations that successfully receive a grant are expected to account for it by 31 July in the year following the grant

A grant must be clearly accounted for before any further applications can be considered.  You are therefore encouraged to ensure that any funds you apply for can be used in a timely manner.  See Accountability Requirements for more information.

If it is not possible for your organisation to meet the timeline for provision of the Accountability Report, you can request an extension from the Administrator

Tips for success

Please ensure your application is complete and submitted on time. The application form must be fully completed with all supporting information included. 

Ensure your request is specific and details things that are essential to your project.

If you have any questions, please email the Administrator.

Here are some examples of previously 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
  • 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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