Ready to give back

The Grassroots Giving Programme is calling for funding applications from the local community organisations in the South Auckland area.

Part of the Auckland Foundation’s annual granting, grants of up to $10,000 are available to support specific initiatives, such as youth development, literacy and numeracy, and migrant and refugee services. The programme is enabled by the generosity of The Tindall Foundation.

Auckland Foundation CEO, Dellwyn Stuart says, “Grassroots organisations are the glue that binds our communities. These aren’t the big glamorous charities, but often local people who have seen an opportunity to make a difference and are making it happen. It is exactly these types of organisations that the Grassroots Giving Programme is seeking to support, and give a hand up to.”

Community groups Waiuku Family Support Network and Adult Literacy Franklin are two of the thirty-eight Auckland charities who received a financial boost with a grant from last year’s Grassroots Giving Programme.

Manager of Waiuku Family Support Network Kym Maynard says, “Grassroots Giving funding is extremely important to Waiuku Family Support, as it enables us to assist our local community and start to work at the preventative end of the scale rather than providing assistance once social issues already exist and are escalating. We would not be in a position to provide services such as free antenatal classes for young mums and youth budgeting courses without the support of Grassroots Giving.”

The Grassroots Giving Programme is open now for applications from South Auckland, Central Auckland and East Auckland groups and initiatives, and will close on 29 March 2018. To apply or find out more, please visit

For any questions or for further information, please email or call (09) 366 1523.

Waiuku Family Support Network Manager Kym Maynard (centre) and two volunteers at reception.

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