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Infrastructure Education & Training Charitable Trust - July 2022

This round will open at 7:00AM 4 July 2022 (NZST) for submissions.

Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust 


2022 Grant Round – September

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.

The Trust was established by a Deed dated 26 November 2021, by the Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation Incorporated (known as Connexis). Public Trust is the Trustee of the Trust.

The Trust purpose is to distribute income and capital to develop, promote and facilitate education and training within the infrastructure industry so as to increase the general and specific competencies which contribute to the effectiveness of employees within the industry.

Two grants rounds are to be held each year, one in February and one in July. Grants are for projects, and not for funding of day to day expenditure, although this does not exclude operational costs involved in a project.

Public Trust will screen all applications against trust funding criteria. All applications that meet trust criteria will be provided to the Advisory Panel.

Advisory Panel

An Advisory Panel will decide on the grant applications. The Advisory Panel consists of representatives of the organisations named below, together with Public Trust as the non-voting Chair.

  • Te Taumata Aronui (The Tertiary Education Commission). Māori Representation.
  • Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Ltd. National Training Provider representation.
  • Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council. Standard Setting Body Representative. 
  • Te Pūkenga Learner Wellbeing and Services. Learner Representative.
  • Civil Contractors New Zealand. Civil Construction Industry Representative.
  • Water New Zealand. Water Industry Representative.
  • Electricity Engineers’ Association. Electricity Supply Industry Representative.

 Applications are open from 7am 4 July 2022 until 5pm on 25 July 2022.

 Who is eligible? Applications shall only be accepted from:

  • Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Ltd
  • Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC
  • Entities providing scholarships, grants or similar to individuals who are in vocational training on an infrastructure related qualification, and
  • Entities working within the infrastructure sector (for example providers, industry associations, industry groups, researchers).

Grants can only be made to entities who are operating in partnership with Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Ltd, or Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC, and are based within the infrastructure sectors of civil construction, three waters, energy and telecommunications.

Applicants must show relevant infrastructure industry support (such as from an industry association, large employers group or other industry body).

Individuals are not eligible to apply to the Trust and the Trust does not fund overseas projects.

How much funding is available? Grants paid must not exceed in total $1,000,000 in one calendar year. No single grant shall exceed $500,000. Total grants to organisations that provide scholarships, grants or similar to individuals in vocational training on an infrastructure related qualification shall not exceed $150,000 in any calendar year.

 What is funded?

  • Projects and/or dedicated services.
  • Organisations that provide scholarship funds, grants or similar to individuals

What is not funded?

  • Day to day or operational expenditure. This does not exclude operational costs involved in a project.

 How are decisions made? The Trustee provides a summary of all the applications to the Advisory Panel and the Advisory Panel decides which applications to approve. The Panel’s decision is final. No further communications will be entered into. This includes providing applicants with the reason why they have been unsuccessful, justifying why an application was successful or reconsidering an application.

A grant may be approved subject to certain conditions, in such circumstances the funds will normally be held by the Trustee until the conditions have been met. 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. 

In what circumstances will an application not be considered?

  • Incomplete or late applications
  • Retrospective funding
  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications requesting funding for overseas projects

 Important dates:

  • Applications are open from 7am on 4 July 2022 to 5pm on 25 July 2022.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the end of September 2022.

 Late applications will not be accepted.

Please note: Successful applicants will need to provide the following:

  • confirmation of receipt of the funds.
  • an accountability report on the completed project or progress on the project within 12 months of receipt of the grant to be uploaded to Smarty Grants. The accountability report to cover; project budget; project actual costs; and one to two pages on the project.

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 Advisory Panel meeting has been held to consider the applications either successful/unsuccessful.

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