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Wellington Methodist Charitable and Educational Endowments Trust

Wellington Methodist Charitable and Educational Endowments Trust


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 children permanently resident in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Trust makes grants for youth and children's education totalling approximately $180,000 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 an apply? 

We provide grants to several community organisations that we identify and partner with on a medium-term basis.  From 2021 we are not accepting community applications.

We are still inviting applications from schools, kura, including kindies and school-related 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

How to apply?

Applications for grants open in November each year and close on 31 December. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in  March, and payment of grants is  made shortly afterwards. 

The application form asks 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.

A schools application form can be downloaded below.   Applications should be emailed to the Secretary by 31 December 2022.  

Successful recipients are also asked to provide a short report on the outcomes of their funded project by 01 September 2023.

Contact details

For more information, please email the Trust Secretary

Postal Address:  PO Box 352, Wellington, 6140

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 approximately 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".

Additional land was given on 10 July 1869 or 261 acres in the Foxton area; and  again on 23 November 1868  (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.