It has been an unpredictable time for everyone, and we at WCT are doing our best to adapt and respond to community need. In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic we have simplified our usual funding process for the next 6 months (April 1 – Sept 30, 2020).

Our funding will continue to have a strong equity focus, and priority will be given to organisations supporting whānau and community wellbeing, particularly for those most impacted by direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19. This unprecedented situation is resulting in different and immediate needs for communities in this new environment; and our criteria have been tweaked to reflect these. To support this, we’ve changed to a model of:

One simplified application form

Download a Word document containing the Application Questions:

Granting on a monthly basis

No deadlines

Up to $10,000 for a quick turnaround

Requests of over $10,000 (up to a maximum of $50,000) will be considered for special circumstances – these will take up to several more weeks to process, and we may ask you for more details.

You can still apply for projects that would usually sit within one of our usual funding streams (Quick Response, Community Grants and/or LIFT); the difference is that all applications will go through one simplified application form

We’ve tried our best to anticipate your questions; and there are some that we will be able to answer later, once we’ve better established the immediate and longer-term community needs

If you have questions about how your project/work may meet the criteria, or if you would like to discuss the changing needs in your community please contact us

The total budget of this fund is $1.5m, to be distributed between April and September 2020.