Helen Graham Charitable Trust (in conjunction with the Thomas Bevan Family Charitable Trust)

Helen Margaret Robertson was born in 1930 in South Canterbury. She trained as a teacher in Christchurch, eventually becoming a school inspector specialising in science. She married Graham Robertson in the mid-1980s and moved to Levin to retire. By this time Mrs Robertson had developed multiple sclerosis. In 1992 Mrs Robertson established the Helen Graham Charitable Trust, the name being a combination of her own and her husband's first names. Mrs Robertson died in 1998.


The Helen Graham Charitable Trust supports a variety of charitable purposes within the area bordered by the Horowhenua District Council boundaries to the North, East and West, and by the Otaki River to the South. These charitable purposes include...

  • Education: particular consideration will be given to educational research connected with agriculture.
  • Medical research
  • Organisations involved in the research or therapy for the physically disabled. Including accident victims, physically immobilised persons and people disadvantaged by a loss of sight or loss of hearing.
  • Charitable purposes beneficial to the Horowhenua community.


Applications made to the Helen Graham Charitable Trust may also be considered for funding from the Thomas Bevan Family Charitable Trust which supports religious and charitable purposes of the various churches in the Horowhenua District. The Thomas Bevan Charitable Trust also supports charitable purposes within the Horowhenua District, other than for religious purposes.


Applications cannot be accepted for capital expenditure or from organisations based outside of the specified Horowhenua area. Applications cannot be accepted from schools, individuals, sports organisations or service clubs.

How to apply

Applications are open during September annually

Applications can be found here

All open grant applications are accessible here.


PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship Applications from students from the four Horowhenua College’s to the Helen Graham Primary Industries Scholarship 2020 can be accessed on this link: https://publictrust.smartygrants.com.au/HGPIS

The closing date for the Scholarship 2020 grant round has been extended to 5pm 27 November 2020