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Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

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PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

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The Wellington Methodist Charitable and Educational Endowments Trust offers grants to support child and youth development projects in the Wellington Region. The objective of the Trust is to help maintain, educate, support and develop children and young people, with a particular focus on Maori and Pasifika cultures, and permanently resident in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Trust makes grants for youth and children's education totaling approximately $150,000 each year. This funding is used to support some youth and children's related initiatives undertaken by Methodist Church; and there are also grants open to community groups and low decile schools in the greater Wellington area. 

Who can apply? 

We invite applications from schools, church groups and non-profit community organisations located in, or servicing, the greater Wellington region

Key Criteria: 

  • Project primarily for the personal development of children or youth, particularly of Maori or other cultures
  • Preference for innovative and creative projects
  • Preference for projects that address inequality

Please note: the Board are unlikely to fund applications from major national organisations who have access to national funding sources

How to apply?

Applications for grants open in November each year and close in December.  Funds are usually distributed in May or June of the following year. 

In your application we will ask you to provide a short outline of your proposal, including timeframes and costings, and a description of the expected benefits and success indicators of your project.

Successful recipients are also asked to provide a short report on the outcomes of their funded project.

  • 2020-21 Applications

Applications for 2020-21 will open in November 2020.  An application form will be available to download from this site from October 2020.


Contact details

For more information, please email the Trust Secretary at


Other details

Charities Registration Number: CC21470

New Zealand Business Number: 9429042911166



The Trusts origins are in a grant made on the 27th October 1852 when the Crown gave a parcel of land comprising approx 73 acres to Rev James Watkin, the Superintendent of Wesleyan Missions "in trust for the use of and towards the maintenance of a school therein mentioned so long as religious education, industrial training, and instruction in the English language shall be given to the youth educated therein"; on 10 July 1869, approx 261 acres in the Foxton area; and on 23 November 1868 approx 2 acres in the township of Foxton.  

With the adoption of The Wellington Methodist Charitable and Educational Trusts Act 1916 (later amended) , these properties were transferred from individuals to the new Board. Today, only the farm (at Moutoa, near Foxton) is owned by the Board.