The New Zealand Communities Growth Trust was established by High Court order in March 2000. It is a reformation of the former Centrepoint Community Growth Trust, which established and operated an intentional community in Albany from the late 1970s to the 1990s.
The High Court appointed Public Trust as Trustee and provided for charitable grants to be made under four categories of:
therapeutic and counselling
public benefit (including the support and establishment of communities)
relief of poverty.
The Trust is established for charitable purposes exclusively within New Zealand. The Trust support’s individuals disadvantaged by cults or spiritual communities in particular past residents of Centrepoint and their children and organisations that provide services that meet the purposes of the Trust.
The Trust has $300,000 available for distribution annually to be allocated as follows:
Therapeutic and counselling, and relief of poverty Open to individuals disadvantaged by cults and/or spiritual communities including former residents of Centrepoint. Funding available - $150,000 per year.
Education (scholarships) Open to individuals disadvantaged by cults and/or spiritual communities and those wishing to study in the areas of counselling and education. Funding available - $30,000 per year
Therapeutic and counselling, education and public benefit Open to charitable organisations that provide services that meet the purposes of the Trust. Funding available - $120,000 per year
Please refer to the appropriate application form for further guidance regarding eligibility criteria and conditions of the funding.
How to apply
Therapeutic and counselling, and relief of poverty Applications are considered on the 15th and 30th of the month only or the working day prior if this falls on a weekend or public holiday, excluding December, where all applications will only be considered on the 15th of the month.
Education (scholarship) applications Applications will be open annually from 1 November to 15 December. All open grant applications are accessible here.
Organisation applications (therapeutic and counselling, education and public benefit) Applications will be open annually from 1 November to 15 December. All open grant applications are accessible here.