Frozen Funds Charitable Trust

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Calling for new board members

The Frozen Funds Charitable Trust is calling for two new Board Members. Ideally persons applying for either of the two positions will be from the Mental Health Sector, a service user, worked in the sector and or who have supported people with Mental Health. One of the vacant positions must be filled by a person living in the Auckland region (being north of the Bombay Hills).

To apply for the position as a member of the Board of the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust, please complete the application form.

Please click on and save the application form to your computer, complete the application form by typing in your
answers to the questions. Print and sign the completed form, post to the address shown on the form. 

Applications close Wednesday the 31st of May at 5pm.

About the trust

The purpose of the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust is to provide grants for projects run by, and for, people who use mental health or intellectual disability services.

A new funding theme is available in January of each year.

Proposed projects must be:

  • applied for by charitable organisations or by charitable organisations on behalf of individuals or groups without charitable status
  • directed by people who use, or have used, mental health or intellectual disability services
  • completed within a finite period.

Preference will be given to project proposals that would not be normally funded through government.

How to apply

Experessions of interest will re-open again late January 2019.

Before an expression of interest is completed please read the Trusts's funding eligibility criteria and the 2018 grant round theme.

History

'Frozen Funds' was the name given to the interest on patients' welfare benefits paid into psychiatric and psychopaedic hospital trust accounts in the 1970s and 80s.  The interest money was kept by the institutions to fund such things as recreational projects.

In 1987, this practice ceased and the interest money was taken from the hospitals for payment to the people who owned it.

Over half of the interest money was returned to its owners in the early 1990s.

The government then decided that the unclaimed balance of the funds should benefit people who used mental health and intellectual disability services.  A charitable trust was established.

You can view lists of grant payments made by the Trust.

To view resources on the intellectual disabilities sector that have been partially or fully funded by the Trust, please visit The Donald Beasley Institute, Publications, Frozen Funds

To view resources on the mental health sector that have been partially or fully funded by the Trust, please visit the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Media, Information Hub. Type "Frozen" into the search field, this will bring up a list of the resources.

Inquiries about unclaimed interest money

Substantial efforts were made to trace patients entitled to the interest money through a widespread publicity campaign.  The funds have been frozen since 1987 to ensure claimants came forward and decisions were made about the balance of the fund.

For more information contact the

Ministry of Health
P O Box 5013
Wellington 6011.
Ph (04) 496 2000

Board

The Trust Board is made up of seven people, four of whom are current or former users of mental health or intellectual disability services.  Public Trust provides administration and investment services to the Board.

Current members of the Trust Board are:

  • Robert Martin, Wanganui
  • Arlene Foster, Tauranga
  • Fran Hartnett, Auckland
  • Natasha Brown, Hamilton
  • Jan Walter, Dunedin

Donating to the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust

The Trust has Charitable Status and individuals making a donation to the Trust are able to claim a refundable tax credit for 33 1/3% of the total donations made. 

Companies or Maori Authorities may claim a tax deduction for any donations made to the Trust.

Please note that:

  • You can't claim for payroll giving donations made through your salary and wages, as you receive the tax credits at the time of your donation; and
  • No refundable tax credit or tax deduction is available to the extent it exceeds your taxable income for the year.
  • The Trusts IRD Number is 093 605 187

Donations can be made:

Online by crediting the Public Trust Account held with the BNZ, North End, Wellington
Account number 020-536-0305865-22
Include Reference no CL100361639 VR001/170 Frozen Funds Charitable Trust.

Or by cheque payable to the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust.