The Wellington Community Trust (WCT) is a major independent funder in the Wellington region distributing grants for charitable, cultural, philanthropic and recreational purposes.

Our Region

  • Wellington
  • Hutt Valley
  • Porirua
  • Kāpiti Coast including Ōtaki

Our vision

Engaged people, connected communities and sustainable environments across the Wellington region.

What we do 

Governing legislation

WCT is governed by the Community Trusts Act 1999. Our trustees are appointed by, and responsible to, the Minister of Finance.

Community Trusts Act 1999

Our investments

Following the sale of Trust Bank New Zealand in 1996, WCT received $44 million. Since then the Trust has built up a diverse investment portfolio and the original amount has grown to over $65 million.

Our history

Every year, WCT gives over $2 million in grants to community groups and organisations.



Under the Act, every year we must:

  • publish our financial statements and the auditor’s report on our website
  • tell you how to get a list of who we approved funding for during the last financial year.