Community Grants

How to apply

Community Grants

Applications for the 2024/25 grant round open Monday 8 July 2024 and close 5pm Friday 2 August 2024.

Please send your applications via email: 

We will no longer be accepting applications via post.

Responsive grants –  Micro-funding

All applications for the AACT Monthly Micro-funding Grants must be made by completing the Trust’s application form.

Applications are due on the last day of each calendar month.



Community Grants (annual)
The Trust has a specified maximum grant of $50,000.

Responsive Grants – Micro-funding (monthly)
The Trust has a specified minimum grant of $500 and a maximum grant of $2,500.


Grants are provided as one-off support (1 year). Trustees will only consider multi-year applications when the Trust has developed a more strategic relationship with an applicant and where a project is demonstrably effective and there is a continuous need for its delivery.

Previous recipients may re-apply to consecutive granting rounds. In general terms, organisations can be supported consecutively for 3 years. As above, Trustees will consider repeat funding where the Trust has developed a more strategic relationship with the applicant and/or where a project is demonstrably effective and there is a continuous need for its delivery.


The Auckland Airport Community Trust can only award funding to projects that support the communities residing in the Trust’s ‘Area of Benefit’.

The Area of Benefit is defined by aircraft noise zones.

Several of these suburbs are only partially covered by the Trust Area of Benefit – please check your eligibility on our Area of Benefit Map below.


It is essential that all applicants check that their project benefits people living in these communities before applying. Many applications are declined each year because the project does not benefit communities within the Area of Benefit.

If your project supports the communities living within the areas of this map red, yellow or blue then you are eligible for funding.

In cases where projects are delivered regionally or sub-regionally, the Trust may consider partial funding requests as relevant to the percentage of your project’s beneficiaries that reside in the Trust’s Area of Benefit. This may be of relevance to schools that fall just outside the Area of Benefit but draw students from within.

Established providers not currently operating within the Area of Benefit are encouraged to consider how they might deliver their programmes in the Area of Benefit with the assistance of funding from the Trust.


Grants may be utilised for the following purposes:

  • To purchase capital items and equipment;
  • To cover programme costs, including salaries directly applicable to programme delivery;
  • To contribute towards core operational costs (however please note that such costs are not a priority for the Trust).

Any granted funds that are subsequently not applied to the specific project or programme will be required to be returned to the Trust. Changes in expenditure or purpose must be agreed with the Trust prior to expenditure.

Trust grants will not attract GST by your organisation. If your organisations is GST registered the grant will not cover the GST component of any purchased goods or services. In this case, the GST should be claimed back by your organisation directly. GST registered applicants are requested to exclude GST from their budget when completing the application form.

For organisations that are not GST registered the Trust will endeavour to ensure that the value of the grant will cover the actual costs incurred in delivering the programme/project (including GST).

Grants cannot be awarded for the following:

  • Projects outside the geographic borders of the Trust’s Area of Benefit
  • Loan and endowment funds
  • Business or investment capital
  • Venture capital initiatives
  • Cost associated with the establishment of new charities
  • Individuals
  • Retrospective applications
  • Core education or equipment/projects that deliver core education
  • Religious/ political advocacy or advancement

Happy Recipients

We are extremely grateful for your incredible support. Thank you for enabling us to provide basic baby essentials to families in need in the Manukau area.
Sarb Lester


Thank you so much, we really appreciate your support!
Nivarna Willis


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