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Len Reynolds Trust Community Based Education Fund

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Community Based Education
Application Dates:
Opens 9:00 am 1 July 2019, closes 5:00 pm 9 August 2019


About the Len Reynolds Trust

Len Reynolds Trust was established in 1966 by farmers Len and Ada Reynolds as a ‘Trust Fund for the benefit of others’. Funds have been distributed since that time by the Trust. In 2014 the Len Reynolds Trust Board decided it was time to formalise the fund distribution process and appointed Community Waikato as Funding Manager. This means we administer an annual allocated portion of the Len Reynolds Trust Fund to the Waikato community.

There will be four funding rounds each year which will open and close throughout the course of each year. Applications and accountability reports will be made online through SmartyGrants via the Community Waikato Website.

For more information please contact Sally Fenwick Ridley sally@communitywaikato.org.nz or 07 282 0744


(a) If people have access to education opportunities, they can then better their lives and enhance the lives of their families.

(b) Mainstream education is not for everyone. There needs to be more opportunities for education outside of those mainstream education so every person has the ability to thrive.

(c) More varied educational pathways are necessary to recognise the skills and knowledge that come from both formal education/training as well as practical life experience to build a vibrant community.

(d) Reduce unemployment levels and income inequality. Training opportunities need to be provided for future employment, finding jobs and preparing for future challenges. Young people need to be supported to grow their potential to contribute to the community.
  • To extend the options for education beyond mainstream options.
  • To reduce unemployment levels and income inequality.
  • To increase training opportunities for young people and people in areas of deprivation.

  • Playcentres and other education opportunities for children in the first five years of life.
  • Adult Literacy
  • Opportunities outside of mainstream education (for example, Outward Bound, Spirit of Adventure).
  • Specialised education programmes/needs/ support (for example, support for people with Autism).
  • Programmes in schools not funded by the Ministry of Education (for example, specialised music programmes, engineering, mindfulness or other unique programmes outside of the curriculum). The focus is to be on opportunities for those who may not have the access to these types of programmes.
More priority will be given in areas of deprivation/lower socio-economic areas.
Areas which are not eligible include:
  • Kindergartens, daycare and OSCAR programmes receiving government funding
  • Core education or scholarships
  • Sport and recreation equipment and expenses

How much can be applied for?

Applications will be considered for between $1,000 and up to $10,000. Any applications received outside of these figures will not be considered
Who can apply?
  • A legally constituted community group or organisation that is registered under the Charities Act 2005 and works towards advancing families, community based education or social well-being in the Funding Area.
  • Applications will not be accepted from umbrella organisations. The group being funded/making the application must be the registered charity.
  • Organisations with an annual operating budget of over $2,000,000 dollars do not qualify for this funding.
  • If you have received funding from the Trust in another funding round in the same financial year (1 April to 31 March), you are ineligible to apply