The IHC Foundation has a broad mandate and funds a wide range of initiatives that benefit people with intellectual disability and their families.
The Trustees will consider applications at four meetings throughout the year. Applications need to be in by the due date for them to be considered.
The next due dates for applications are:
Monday 4th February
Monday 29 March
Friday 2nd August
Friday 15 November
If you have read through all our material and are still not clear about our criteria give us a call on (04) 471 5733.
Application process & guidelines
The Foundation has a simple one step application process.
Applicants are asked to submit applications on the Foundation application form.
Our preference is to receive application forms online but if this is not possible you can post them to us. If you have any difficulties do not hesitate to contact us.
Applications are invited throughout the year and will be considered by Trustees at their next scheduled meeting. Meetings are held every quarter. We will advise you each year of meeting dates when they are confirmed.
To be considered Trustees require an application to be submitted three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.
Each organisation may only apply once in any year. We will acknowledge receipt of your application and advise you when it is to be considered. We may get back to you if we require more information to make a final decision.
Criteria for assessing applications
All organisations applying for grants are expected to:
Be a registered charity or have a charitable purpose
Have the capacity to complete the project
Have the capability to complete the project
Be well regarded in the sector
Provide feedback to the Foundation on how funds have been used
Provide opportunities to promote the Foundation.
All projects must:
Fit with the Foundation’s objectives and priorities
Be clearly defined
Produce measurable (tangible) outcomes
Respond to a clearly identified need
In addition Trustees have preference for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:
Innovation – are bold and push the boundaries rather than maintain the status quo
Uniqueness – involves work no-one else is doing and fills a unique gap
Impact – have an enduring benefit and/or the lessons learned can be more widely applied
Reach – has the capacity to impact large numbers
Relevance – is relevant in today’s environment and reflects modern practice
Inclusive – promotes inclusive practice
Collaboration – is a collaborative initiative or builds on the work of others
Special circumstances – there are special conditions prevailing that make the project important.
If you are satisfied that your project
Fits with the objectives and priorities of the Foundation
Meets our criteria for funding
Is not an activity that would normally be excluded.
There are some activities the Foundation does not normally fund. We do not normally make grants for:
Building and associated capital items
Purchase of vehicles
Projects that are already complete
Organisations not based in New Zealand
Publication and distribution of magazines
The Foundation understands the pressure on many organisations as the government funding on which they have come to rely is reducing. However, the Foundation does not generally fund core services which the government might be expected to fund.
The Foundation will, on occasion, fund individuals where it can be demonstrated that people with intellectual disability will benefit.