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Grace Gives: Grace in the community

At Grace, we recognise that if not for our local communities, we would not have grown as we have over the years. So, each year, Grace undertakes a range of initiatives to support the communities throughout New Zealand in which it operates.

Grace Gives Grants

2016 sees the launch of Grace Gives Grants. Whilst we have grown a lot in our history, we continue to stay true to our local roots and our Grace Gives Grants is our way to maintain that community connection.

In New Zealand, Grace Gives Grants will be awarded to deserving community groups to help them help their local community.

What we are looking for:

Something a little different! We’re interested in hearing from community groups that:

  • Focus on communities which are excluded or disadvantaged – Although everyone has equal value, not everyone has equal opportunities. The Grace Gives grants will favour those who need it most.
  • Create relationships and environments where people are empowered to help themselves & each other – We understand that people with strong connections are safer and more successful. Grace Gives aims to support people to be independent – and interdependent.
  • Actively involve people and communities – Grace Gives loves the concept of community-led development. Whichever community is served – Māori, disabilities, youth – we want to help organisations where these voices are integral to decision making at all levels.
  • Build inclusiveness – Dealing with exclusion requires understanding, fostering empowerment and participation, building bridges between different communities and addressing attitudes and structures that stand in the way. Grace Gives aims to support everyone to participate fully and have their voice heard.
  • Involve approaches that are likely to bring about solutions to complex problems – Grace Gives will look for approaches that aim to solve complex community problems. We consider a range of models of working, including not only service provision but also advocacy and social enterprise, and we particularly like collaborative efforts.

How to Apply:

It’s easy! Community groups can simply apply for the grants online via our Grace Gives Grants Page which will be launched on Monday 31st October, 2016.


Grace Gives Grants Key Dates

Grant applications open

Monday 31st October, 2016

Grant applications close

Sunday 13th November, 2016

Public voting commences

Monday 14th November, 2016

Public voting closes

Sunday 4th December, 2016

Grant finalists announced

Tuesday 6th December, 2016

Grant recipients announced

Friday 9th December, 2016