WCT is a broad-based funder of community initiatives.  We classify our funding offers across three categories:  People, Places, Participation.  Please read below to learn about our funding categories and to find out where your initiative might best sit.

First-time Applicants: If this is the first time your organisation has applied to us for funding please get in touch before submitting an application form.

People

Community wellbeing through the Zeal project

The People funding category supports social and community services.
Successful applications in the People funding category will meet at least one (for Quick Response applicants) and at least two (for Community Grant applicants) of the following assessment criteria:

  • Addresses issues such as (but not limited to), poverty, disadvantage, family and gender-based violence and abuse, social exclusion, illiteracy and innumeracy and social isolation
  • Supports people and communities to develop their potential and improve their quality of life
  • Engages with the target population in a collaborative way, identifying solutions together
  • Take a strengths-based and/or community development approach to addressing identified issues
  • Takes an evidence-based approach to both identifying issues and proposing solutions
  • Reflects social justice principles in their kaupapa
  • Works towards social change using community development principles and/or advocacy

Significant funding: Successful applications in the People funding category that are requesting a grant over $25,000 from WCT should seek to meet most of these assessment criteria. 

Successful applications in the People funding category will seek to work with at least one of our target population groups.


Places

The Places funding category supports initiatives that protect and preserve our natural and physical environments.

Successful applications in the Places funding category will meet at least one (for Quick Response applicants) and at least two (for Community Grant applicants) of the following assessment criteria:

  • Promotes education and active engagement in the conservation of our natural environments
  • Promotes and supports the custodianship of our heritage and our natural environments
  • Preserves and promotes the unique cultural heritage of our region’s mana whenua
  • Takes an evidence-based approach to both identifying issues and proposing solutions
  • Preserves the significant history of our region

Significant funding: Successful applications in the Places funding category that are requesting a grant over $25,000 from WCT should seek to meet most of these assessment criteria. 


Participation

Capital E in Wellington Photo Stephen A'Court

The Participation funding category supports Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation.

Successful applications in the Participation funding category will meet at least one (for Quick Response applicants) and at least two (for Community Grant applicants) of the following assessment criteria:

  • Facilitates access to, and engagement in, arts across our region
  • Promotes the unique status of the Wellington region as being the arts capital of New Zealand
  • Promotes access to, and engagement in, cultural activities in our region
  • Promotes participation in activities that deliver positive benefits by improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing
  • Takes an evidence-based approach to both identifying issues and proposing solutions
  • Addresses barriers such as isolation and disadvantage that can discourage people to actively participate in recreational and sporting activities

Significant funding: Successful applications in the Participation funding category that are requesting a grant over $25,000 from WCT should seek to meet most of these assessment criteria. 

Successful applications in the Participation funding category will seek to work with at least one of our target population groups.