Since the Hawke’s Bay Foundation started in 2012, it has made grants totalling $705,000 to local grassroots community organisations. This includes funds distributed by the Foundation as the local regional fund manager for the Tindall Foundation and also donor-specified contributions.
The funds are distributed via an annual funding round, with applications opening on 17 May and closing on 21 June, and grants are announced mid September. All applications are reviewed by the Trustees and their decisions are aligned to clear criteria and a philosophy of providing assistance to heal problems rather than manage them. The Trustees have a preference for initiatives that assist groups that are working towards financial self-sustainability.