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TG Macarthy 2019 Grant Round

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 1 July 2019 (NZST).

The Thomas George Macarthy Trust


2019 Grant Round

Thomas George Macarthy of Wellington, was a Brewer who died in Wellington on 19 August 1912. The Trust created by Mr Macarthy's will, as varied by two Acts of Parliament, provides for so much of the income as the Board of Governors sees fit to be distributed among registered charitable or educational organisations operating in the old Wellington provincial district.

Learn more about Thomas George Macarthy here.

Who is eligible: The Thomas George Macarthy Trust makes grants to registered charitable or educational organisations operating within the Funding region who:

  • Improve the quality of life for disadvantaged and marginalised people
  • Help children and young people develop and realise their potential 
  • Look after and provide dignity for older people
  • Provide essential medical and emergency services

This may be through grant making that complements other funding sources, or targets full funding when alternative sources of funding are not available.

More information relating to the Trust’s Funding Eligibility Criteria can be found on the Public Trust website.

All registered Schools, Kindergartens, Playcentres, Kōhanga Reo, Plunkets, Pacific Island language groups and Toy Libraries in the funding region receive grants on an annual or biennial basis and do not need to submit an application.

The Trust will not consider applications from individuals (directly or indirectly) or service clubs.

Applicants are expected to have a formal governance structure and must supply the following information to support their application:

  • Charities registration number;
  • Bank deposit slip;
  • A set of financial statements completed in line with the reporting standards set by Charities Services;
  • Supporting information for their application


 What funding is available:  

  • Grants will be for a minimum of $5,000
  • Grants will be grouped in categories from 1 to 4: (you must select one group only)
    • Group 1: One-off grants (for equipment purchase / replacement and non-operating expenses) with a minimum of $5,000 per grant.
    • Group 2: Grants for operating expenses and or core business services(e.g. social, mentoring, counselling services) of between $5,000 to $15,000 per grant. This includes contribution to an existing salary / wage.
    • Group 3: Community impact funding (salaries, projects, programmes) for grants between $15,000 to $100,000 per grant.
    • Group 4: Special Community Development. This funding would support capital projects that will facilitate and enable the delivery of new, or the expansion/preservation of existing, community and environmental assets with grants of between $100,000 to $300,000.

Applications from controlling bodies are preferred, however, in certain circumstances applications from both a controlling body and branch may be considered. Applicants are expected to have made endeavours to raise funds independently. The significance of government funding will be taken into consideration when assessing applications. Applications for religious purposes will be considered only when the organisation is providing a full and general secular education or a social service.

It is important that all details on the application are concise and easy to read. Applications that are not completed in full will not be accepted.

Decisions relating to grant applications are made on the information provided in the application, and other general enquiries. The Board of Governors 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.

Important dates

  • Applications are open from 9am on the 1st of May 2019 to 5pm on the 1st of July 2019. Please note late applications will not be accepted. 
  • All grant applications are considered by the Board of Governors whose decisions are binding and are advised to all applicants by the 30th of November 2019.


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

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)

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