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Community Fund Application Form

Community Fund

Applications are open twice per year, between:

  • 1st February - 31st March

  • 1st August - 30th September

Applicants need to demonstrate a clearly defined purpose and show how the grant's use will be of benefit to New Zealanders who are Deaf or hard of hearing.



To support projects and activities that have a direct benefit to New Zealanders who are Deaf or hard of hearing.



Supports groups and individuals whose aims are compatible with the objectives of the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


What does it cover?

Short-term projects, equipment and materials, capacity building, the development of innovative, imaginative and creative ideas, action-oriented research, acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, collaboration between groups/individuals.

Please note: The NFD Trust will review applications up to the value of $5,000.

What we do NOT fund:

  • Schools/educational centres

  • Rest homes and hospitals

  • Disaster relief organisations

  • Groups/individuals whose main purpose is the promotion of a message rather than a service

  • Building and land development

  • Projects already completed

  • Government and/or publically funded agencies

  • Salary/wages

  • Research


Individual applicants are required to:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency, and be residing in New Zealand.

  • be Deaf / hard of hearing (or those eligible to wear a hearing aid) or have an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

       OR be undertaking a project or activity that will directly benefit New Zealanders with hearing loss or APD.

  • submit ALL supporting documents, along with a fully completed application form by the closing dates specified below, or your application will NOT be considered.


Supporting documents required:

  1. Quotations / invoices / receipts.

  2. A scanned copy of a pre-printed deposit slip or bank statement which includes the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder's name. Must be signed and stamped by the bank within the last 90 days.

  3. Proof of NZ citizenship or residency, in the form of a passport or birth certificate.

  4. An audiogram or medical certificate relating to your hearing condition (if applicable).

  5. Accountability report for ANY previous funding received from the NFD Trust (if applicable).


How to apply:​​


  1. Fully complete the application form below and ensure ALL supporting documents are attached

  2. Return application and supporting documents by the closing date.


The Community Fund is open for applications.

Applicants will be notified of the progress of their application no later than two months after the closing date.

Please note, if you are successful with your application you will need to complete an accountability form which will be emailed to you. 

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