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George Brown 2019 Grant Round

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 28 February 2019 (NZDT).

George Brown Charitable Trust 2019

Applications are open from the 1st of February 2019 to the 28th of February 2019 (5pm).

The Trust has approximately $100,000 available for grants in 2019. The minimum grant awarded will be $5,000 and the maximum grant will be $25,000

The George Brown Trust was established in 1934 by the Will of the late George Brown, a retired jeweller of Nelson. Public Trust administered the trust as Trustee. The purpose of the grant you are applying for must be clearly linked to the objective of the Trust including the restriction to Nelson city residents. 

Organisations must have purposes or projects that are directed towards aiding people who are poor, in need, or suffering genuine hardship and provide relief for those people and their dependants. This includes anyone who does not have access to the normal things in life that most people take for granted.

The Trust makes grants to organisations:

  • Registered Charitable or incorporated society’s based or providing services within the area of the Nelson City.
  • For the purposes of maintenance, support or benefit of persons of good character and repute resident in the area, who are in indigent circumstances and unable to adequately maintain and support themselves and their dependants.

Applications are only accepted from charitable organisations. Individuals, Sports organisations and Service clubs are not eligible to apply to the Trust.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Grants are considered by the Trustee Public Trusts. The outcome of the applications will be advised to each applicant before the end of April 2019. The decision of the Trustee is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

Decisions regarding grants made are on the basis of information provided in the application and other enquiries.  It is important that the application form be completed in full and that details provided are concise and easy to read.   A condition of any grant made is that it be identified a “Public Trust – George Brown Charitable Trust” in your accounts for the financial year in which the grant is received.  

For further enquiries, contact

Public Trust 

Telephone 0800 371 471 or Email:

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Step 1: Determine eligibility

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 (Full Applications only).

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.

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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.

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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