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Len Reynolds Trust Social Wellbeing Fund

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Social Wellbeing
Application Dates:
Funding round closed for 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) Increase social connectedness. Voter turnout shows how connected and invested we are in the issues facing our country – turnout is low with under half of enrolled electors voting. People need to be encouraged to increase links between different community groups.

(b) The issues around affordability, availability and quality of housing need to be addressed.

(c) Everyone deserves equal access to healthcare services. There are fewer doctors per head in rural areas with 40% of rural GPs nearing retirement. Better networks should be created between health facilities and the wider public sector.

d) Health services need to be equipped and carers need to be acknowledged and developed to meet increasing demand from our ageing population.
  • To increase community connectedness.
  • To increase access to housing.
  • To increase access to healthcare and employment, particularly in rural areas.
  • To promote volunteering.

  • Community Houses.
  • Budgeting advice and foodbanks.
  • Community Based Health and Disability Services including counselling.
  • Access to Healthcare – groups who provide travel to increase access to health, or groups who travel to provide healthcare.
  • Social Housing – homelessness, shelters including men’s shelters.
  • Youth development.
  • Organisations that promote volunteering. For example, Surf Lifesaving, Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
  • Groups which encourage community connectedness through events or other community spaces.
Areas which are not eligible include:
  • Animal welfare
  • The arts, including performing arts or drama.
  • International development and global relations.
  • Law, justice and human rights.

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