Community organisations play a crucial role in keeping our communities connected and thriving. Hawke’s Bay Foundation is here to assist these organisations with a “hand up not a handout”.


We prefer to support initiatives that assist groups and communities who are working towards meeting their own needs and have sustainability when their Hawke’s Bay Foundation funding ceases.


The Hawke’s Bay Foundation considers funding for charitable groups that make a difference in the community, with focus areas on community connectedness; social development; health, children and youth issues; older adults; arts and culture and the natural environment.

When to apply

There is one funding round per year.  Please note that applications for the 2024 round closed on June 5th, 2024.

Click here to download a SAMPLE of the application form

For any questions around your application please email [email protected] or contact the office on 06 870 4648 (please leave a message if office is unattended).

Who can apply?

Community organisations can apply for any charitable purpose within the Hawke’s Bay region, as defined by the area within the jurisdiction of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council – this includes Hastings District, Napier City, Wairoa District and Central Hawke’s Bay.

Individuals cannot apply.


  • A limit of $15,000 per donation unless approved by the Trustees.
  • Applications will be considered for project costs and/or for general operating costs such as salaries/wages, rent etc.
  • Organisations that are acting in a ‘pass through’ function, i.e. where funding is not being used by them but is being passed on to a third party, will not be funded.
  • Approved donations will be paid by direct credit to a verified bank account.
  • Donations must be used within 12 months of receipt unless prior arrangements are made with Hawke’s Bay Foundation.  If necessary, an extension request may be submitted in writing, detailing the funds usage to date, and expected project completion date.  Approval of any extension is not automatic and is at the discretion of the Hawke’s Bay Foundation.
  • All organisations receiving funds are required to report back after 12 months on the use to which those funds have been put.  Further applications for funding will not be accepted from any organisation that has not provided a satisfactory accountability report for a previous donation.  Please note that this means that although an organisation has 12 months to spend the funds and supply a satisfactory accountability report, only those organisations who are able to do so prior to the closing date of the following year’s funding round (i.e. 6 June) will be able to apply in that year.
  • Donations do not include GST.


The Hawke’s Bay Foundation Ophthalmic Education and Facilities Fund was established in 2019 from the funds previously held and administered by the Hawkes Bay Ophthalmic Trust.  These funds are held and invested by the Hawkes Bay Foundation with the distribution of the interest earned available to support the purposes of the fund.


These purposes of the Ophthalmic Education and Facilities Fund are as follows:

1.      The general promotion of ophthalmic education and facilities at the publicly funded health services within Napier and Hastings;
2.      Provision of funds to enable ophthalmic study and research by members of the staff of the publicly funded health services within Napier and Hastings;
3.      The provision of funds to provide and assist with the fares, accommodation and fees to enable medical, nursing or other staff engaged in ophthalmic duties within the publicly funded health services within Napier and Hasting to travel either in New Zealand or overseas for the purpose of study or to improve their ability to carry out their duties;
4.      Purchase and provision of equipment, apparatus and accessories for use directly or indirectly in relation to publically funded ophthalmic surgery, investigations, therapy or research.


Hawke’s Bay Foundation launched a Cyclone Relief Fund in March 2023 in the days following the devastating floods in Hawke’s Bay. This targeted regional fund was set up to help those in the community worst affected by the disaster with much needed financial assistance.

Our Cyclone Relief Fund is now closed to both donations and distributions as all donations were distributed in 2023.

Tindall Foundation

Hawke’s Bay Foundation also acts as a Local Donation Manager for The Tindall Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation working throughout Aotearoa to support families, communities and the environment. We are honoured to distribute donations on behalf of TTF in Hawke’s Bay (from Wairoa to Southern Central Hawke’s Bay) to projects and initiatives that support TTF’s Family/Whānau Focus Area.

Watch the short film on The Tindall Foundation’s home page that explains the way Local Donation Managers fund on its behalf.

The Tindall Foundation funding is focused on enhancing the mana and strength of families, communities and the environment to build a stronger Aotearoa New Zealand, now and for future generations – which includes: Early Years; Youth Development; Literacy and Numeracy; Budgeting; Maori; Migrant, Refugee and Cross-cultural; Housing; Community Services and Development.

Tindall Foundation funds cannot be granted for the following:

  • Core or public health services
  • Core education related programmes
  • Research from outside a community without its direct involvement
  • Sport, leisure and recreation
  • The arts
  • Overseas organisations; projects outside the geographic borders of Aotearoa New Zealand; overseas travel and expenses, and exchange programmes
  • Buildings or land
  • Animal charities
  • Capital assets or equipment costing over $3,000,
  • Individuals including scholarships, international travel to conferences, events or for research
  • Personal loans
  • Endowment funds
  • Religious or political advocacy
  • Venture capital initiatives

Applications are welcomed from organisations meeting the above criteria during Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s annual funding round, as per dates above.