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Support the Hearing Aid Fund

The Hearing Aid Fund was created to help hard of hearing Kiwis access the new hearing aids they need. Hearing aids can be very expensive. If you're struggling to afford new hearing aids, apply or register for this $500 grant today.

We believe everyone should be able to access hearing aids if they need them.

Hearing aids can have a hugely beneficial impact on being able to connect meaningfully with others. Unfortunately, many who need them cannot afford them. 

To help bridge this gap, the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing have created the Hearing Aid Fund, which supports hard of hearing New Zealanders who are facing financial hardship. Each successful applicant will receive up to $500 towards their new hearing aids.

You can help us to grow the Hearing Aid Fund. By giving today, you’ll be helping people in our community to hear sounds they’ve been missing out on. Sounds like their baby’s or grandchild’s first words, their children’s voices, and conversations with their loved ones.

We've teamed up with Lily McManus

Lily McManus goal is to help as many New Zealanders as possible to receive the hearing aids they need.

In the video featured below, Lily McManus interviews Deva about her personal experiences with hearing loss and how her new hearing aids, generously donated by Lily McManus, have changed her life.

Change a life

Many of our community members have reached out to share their heartbreaking stories about their struggles to afford hearing aids.

Thanks to those who donated to the Hearing Aid Fund, we were able to gift $500 grants to some very grateful recipients. They were touched and relieved to receive financial support towards their much-needed new hearing aids.

Our most recent grant recipients were thrilled to receive this grant:

​“My deep appreciation to the Foundation and supporters. After many years of hearing difficulty, I will be able to fully participate in conversations and enjoy television and movies again.” Mary F. Hearing Aid Fund Grant Recipient.


“This is terrific! It will make life much easier for my family. I loved it when I tried my new hearing aids at testing. I couldn’t believe the difference.” Helen-Mary G. Hearing Aid Fund Grant Recipient.

Reach your goals

Are you seeking a grant or scholarship? The NFD Trust offers grants and scholarships to New Zealanders who are Deaf or hard of hearing. 
Grants are also available to those who are hearing able and work in the Deaf and hard of hearing sector.

NFD Trustees


Our independent NFD Trustees help to ensure that any grant and scholarship applications that are accepted will be effective in helping our community.

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Contact Us


If you have any questions about our grants or scholarship programmes, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Check out our frequently asked questions to learn more about the work we do for the Deaf and hard of hearing community and how you can get involved.

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Apply for a Hearing Aid Fund Grant

The Hearing Aid Fund supports hard of hearing New Zealanders who are facing financial hardship to purchase new hearing aids. Applications can be made by individuals to apply for a grant, to the total of $500.00, to purchase new hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Fund Criteria:

Before you apply, please ensure:

  • You are over 18 years of age.

  • You are able to provide proof of NZ Citizenship OR NZ Residency (eg. Copy of passport, NZ Residency visa or Returning Resident visa and show you have lived in NZ for 3 years or longer).

  • You have a hearing loss that requires hearing aids.

  • You can provide an audiogram or letter from Audiologist confirming hearing loss.

  • You have a quote for hearing aids from audiologist



  • A grant of $500.00 from the NFDHH Hearing Aid Fund can be used to purchase new hearing aids from any audiology clinic in New Zealand.

  • If your application is successful, you will need to provide a quote from your audiology clinic and NFDHH will pay the grant funds directly to the to the clinic on your behalf.

  • Based on the above criteria, decisions to approve applications are made by the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and are final.

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application, no later than 4 weeks after submitting an application.

How to apply

Complete the application form below and ensure all supporting documents are uploaded.

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