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Frozen Funds 2022

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at 5:00PM 15 July 2022 (NZST).

Frozen Funds Charitable Trust

2022 Grant Round


IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to assist you in completing your application online. Applicants should carefully consider the criteria, which may be varied from time to time.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s New Zealand hospitals managed funds for the benefit of patients. Various hospitals developed a practice whereby they retained the interest income on the patients’ funds for the general benefit of all patients. This practice was stopped in the late 1980’s and the accumulated income was "frozen". A process was implemented to return interest income to patients where they could be identified. Following further Health reforms, the Government determined that the remaining "frozen funds" which could not be attributed to specific patients’ should be held on trust to assist people in New Zealand who use mental health or intellectual disability services (including current and former patients of mental institutions and inpatient). The Trust provides grants to support specific purposes as outlined in the grant round theme. All applications must address the grant theme. For the theme in Maori please click here.

Applications are open until 5pm on 15 July 2022

Who is eligible? Charitable organisations, or individuals or groups without charitable status. However Individuals or groups without charitable status must apply through a charitable organisation that has agreed to run and administer the funds on their behalf.

Applications must;

  • Be for people who use, or have used, mental health or intellectual disability services (Projects need to be run by and / or for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health illness)
  • Show evidence how service users are going to be involved in the project/programme.
  • Directly linked to and able to demonstrate how they address the theme.

The Trust will accept more than one application per organisation, individual or group, however only one will be funded if successful.

How much funding is available? Grants will be for a maximum of $10,000.

How are decisions made? All grant applications are considered by the Frozen Funds board members. It is important that all details on the application form are concise and easy to read. Decisions relating to grant applications are made on the information provided in the application and other general enquiries. Application forms that are not completed in full will not be accepted. The board members may approve a grant subject to certain conditions. In such circumstances, the funds will normally be held by the Trustee until the conditions have been met. The decision is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

In what circumstances will an application not be considered?

  • Applications from organisations that is not registered with Charities Services.
  • Applications from individuals who do not apply through a registered charitable organisation.
  • Applications from groups who do not apply through a registered charitable organisation.
  • Applications that do not directly address the theme.
  • Applications for retrospective funding.
  • Applications from organisations who received a grant a prior year that have not met their accountability requirements.
  • Applications from sports organisations and service clubs

Important dates:

  • Applications are open from 9am on 16 May 2022 to 5pm on 15 July 2022.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the end of August 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact us: Any questions should be directed to Public Trust Charities by email to or by phone on 0800 371 471.

How to apply

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • Please ensure you have read the Trust’s funding eligibility criteria on the Public Trust website.
  • If you are unsure if your organisation is eligible to apply or of the suitability of your funding request contact Public Trust Charities on 0800 371 471 or

Step 2: Register or login to apply online

First time users will need to register.

Hint: you will need an email address to register.  If your organisation has a ‘generic’ email (e.g. using this may allow other staff members to use the same login in future (as long as they know the password).

Your login can be used for any trust managed by Public Trust granting via SmartyGrants and can be used in future grant rounds.

Note: Please store your login details in a safe place for future reference.

Once registered, you can login to the system and start your application.

Step 3: Complete your application

The application is best viewed/completed on a non-mobile device.

Complete all of the required questions – mandatory questions are marked with an*.

Attach all required supporting documents.

Note: Our preferred format for attachments is PDF, Excel, Word or JPG.  Supporting materials cannot exceed 25MB in size, as files exceeding this will not upload.

Hint: Save your work regularly so it is not lost if you time out or lose your connection.

You can save your application at any stage and return to it later.

Make sure the spell checker is switched on in your browser to prevent spelling errors.

Step 4: Review and submit your application

When you are satisfied with your application press the review button to ensure that all required sections of the application have been completed (you must do this before the submit button is enabled).

Submit your application.

Note: Once you have submitted your application no further editing or uploading of supporting documents is possible.

Step 5: What happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming your submission with a copy of your application attached and information about how/when your application will be assessed.  This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation email then your application has not been successfully submitted (don’t forget to check your spam email folder when looking for the email).

We will contact you if we require any further information to consider your application.

We will contact you after the board meeting to advise if your application were either successful/unsuccessful.

If you need more help using this form, download the help guide for applicants or check out applicant frequently asked questions (FAQ's)

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