Helen Graham Charitable Trust

The Helen Graham Charitable Trust supports a variety of charitable purposes within the area bordered by Horowhenua District Council boundaries to the north, east and west, and by the Otaki River to the south, including...

  • 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 the crippled, the deaf, the blind and accident victims.
  • charitable purposes beneficial to the 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 and general charitable purposes generally within the Horowhenua District, other than religious purposes.

Applications are not accepted for capital expenditure, or from organisations based outside the specified area, schools, individuals, sports organisations and service clubs.


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 trust helps fund charitable projects in the Horowhenua region. Over the last 15 years, the trust has distributed $230,000 in grants and scholarship funding in the region.

How to apply

Applications close on 11th of October 2019.

All open grant applications are accessible here.