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Helen Graham and Thomas Bevan Charitable Trusts 2019

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 11 October 2019 (NZDT).


2019 Grant Round

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

Applicants should carefully consider the criteria which may be varied from time to time.

Applications are open until 5pm on the 11th of October 2019.

Who is eligible? Applications are open to organisations (registered with Charities Services or an Incorporated society) situated and or providing services within the area bordered by the Horowhenua District Council boundaries to the North, East and West and by the Otaki River to the South.

Applications are not accepted for capital expenditure, or from organisations based outside the specified area, schools, individuals, sports organisations and service clubs.

What does the Trust fund? The Trust considers applications for the following purposes:

  • Education particular consideration will be given to educational research connected with agriculture.
  • Medical Research
  • Organisations involved in the research or therapy for the physically disabled. Including the crippled, the deaf, the blind and accident victims.
  • Religious purposes connected with spiritual welfare (including but not limited to the spiritual welfare of children) and any charitable purposes carried out by churches.
  • Charitable purposes beneficial to the community.

Applications made to the Helen Graham Charitable Trust may also be considered for funding from the Thomas Bevan Family Charitable Trust which supports religious and charitable purposes of the various churches in the Horowhenua District and general charitable purposes generally within the Horowhenua District, other than religious purposes.

When considering applications consideration is given to organisations that are self-supporting and not solely reliant on The Helen Graham Charitable Trust.

How much funding is available? The minimum you can apply for is $1,000 and the maximum you can apply for is $5,000.

How are decisions made? All applications are considered by the Advisory Panel in November 2019. 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.

The Advisory Panel 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.

Application forms that are not completed in full will not be accepted.

More information about the Trust ‘s can be found here

Important dates

The applications are to be completed and submitted via Public Trust online Granting System ‘Smarty Grants’.

  • Applications are open from 9am on the 1st of May 2019 closing on the 1stof July 2019 at 5pm
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 30 November 2019

Late applications will not be accepted

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

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

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • 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.

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 has been held to consider the Applications 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)

If you have any technical difficulties using the online SmartyGrants portal email