From what I have seen, there really isn’t a holistic look at grants over New Zealand. We can see funding of registered charities, through work the Charities office does, but there are also 25,000 incorporated societies who are able to access funding from grant making bodies. It is quite interesting to look at this.
I have gone through a bunch of publically available pdfs and spreadsheets, categorised all the grants, and summarised them below. I have tried to exclude any special funds made up of earthquake money, such as Rata’s Special Fund, or Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Trust’s funding. I have restricted my review to those trusts who call for applications, again to make the job more manageable, and because I am only using publically available information. I have also confined the analysis to Canterbury as I am familiar with Canterbury and many of the names, and the sheer volume of data with my rather manual way of analysis has made the national job slightly daunting – especially as I am still trying to find out if anyone is actually interested!
Total grant money going into the region is around $65million.
Surprised? The Rata Foundation (formerly The Canterbury Community Trust) makes up around 20% of total grants into the region. Christchurch City Council puts in around 11%, Central Government through CNZ and DIA (through Lotteries) put in 13%, larger family trusts of Todd, Tindall, Ngai Tahu and Wayne Francis make up around a 4% contribution... and the balance (51%) is made up of gaming trusts.
Of course there are plenty of other funding sources: organisations in here get money from central and local government through contracts, individuals and families, and of course business.
This can be interesting if we consider that Canterbury has around 10% of New Zealand’s population. Does that mean there is at least $650 million going to Not For Profits from grant making organisations nationally?
From what I have seen, other grant makers contributions are fairly immaterial: but if I am missing someone please let me know!