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TG Macarthy 2022 Grant Round

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at 5:00PM 30 June 2022 (NZST).

The Thomas George Macarthy 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.

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 as 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.

Applications are open until 5pm on 30 June 2022

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 compliments 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 two yearly 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 or verification of your bank account details;
  • 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) between $5,000 to $20,000 per grant.
    • Group 2: Grants for operating expenses and or core business services(e.g. social, mentoring, counselling services) of between $5,000 to $10,000 per grant. This includes contribution to an existing salary / wage.
    • Group 3: Community impact funding (salaries, projects, programmes) for grants between $10,000 to $80,000 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 to a maximum of $300,000.

Applications guidelines:

  • 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.
  • Applications for religious purposes will be considered only when the organisation is providing a full and general secular education or a social service.
  • Applications for assistance or promotion of Drama, Music, Arts and Crafts will only be considered if they are primarily for educational purposes or public benefit.
  • Applications from sports organisations will only be considered if they can clearly demonstrate the advancement of education or promotion of health, for a significant section of the public.
  • 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.
  • Only one application from an organisation will be considered. The exception to this is that an organisation who applies under Group 4 may also submit an application under groups 1 to 3.
  • 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.

In what circumstances will an application not be considered?

  • Incomplete or late applications
  • Retrospective funding
  • Accountability requirements from 2021 - any applicant who received funding in 2021 that has not uploaded a receipt for the grant to the 'Smarty Grants' database will not be considered in the 2022 grant round. (Or who has not made alternative arrangements with the Trustee in this respect.)
  • Applications from individuals, sports organisations and service clubs
  • Applications requesting funding for overseas projects
  • Applications not based in or supporting people within the Trusts funding region
  • Financial Statements that do not comply with the Reporting Standards set by DIA - Charities Services. You must attach the same completed financial statements you used with your latest Charities Filing return.

Important dates

  • Applications are open from 9am on the 1st of May 2022 to 5pm on the 30th of June 2022. 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 2022.

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 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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