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Len Reynolds Trust

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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


Purpose of the Fund

The four funding rounds are set up with the following needs/goals in mind:
Fund Application Dates Purpose Goals
Families Opens 9:00 am 1 April 2019, closes 5:00 pm 10 May 2019.
Click here to access the application form
(a) Children are the future so their lives need to be made better. Those areas of high socio-economic deprivation have proportionally more children living in them.

(b) In the region, cases of child abuse and neglect are higher than the national average.
  • To decrease child abuse and child poverty in the region.
  • To have a Waikato where all children are raised in safe families, connected to their communities.
Environment Opens 9:00 am 13 May 2019, closes 5:00 pm 21 June 2019  (a) River quality is important. People want to swim in clean rivers, particularly the Waikato, Waipa and Piako Rivers. The water quality in the lower Waikato is very poor.

(b) Preserving our unique native plants is an important part of taking care of the environment and providing a home for our native animals.

(c) Reduction of waste from landfill has a huge impact.

(d) Establishing community gardens provides a sense of community and means that communities come together to produce food for those in the area.

(e) The environment can be protected and enjoyed in a number of ways. The establishment of walking and cycle tracks means that the natural environment is preserved, while being more accessible and able to be enjoyed by the community.
  • To increase water quality of our rivers;
  • To establish or maintain community gardens;
  • To restore the natural environment;
  • To preserve/increase native plants;
  • To reduce waste from landfill;
  • To increase the opportunities for people to enjoy the natural environment while protecting the natural environment at the same time.
Community Based Education

Opens 9:00 am 1 July 2019, closes 5:00 pm 9 August 2019


(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.
Social Well Being Opens 9:00 am 16 September 2019, closes 5:00 pm 25 October 2019 (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.


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

Eligibility Areas

Families Community Based Education Social Wellbeing Environment
  • Programmes/organisations to support teen parents.
  • Single Parent Support.
  • Child/family abuse, e.g., Women’s Refuge.
  • Parenting Programmes/Supervised Access providers.
  • Organisations who support the family unit/strengthening families such as Fostering Kids.
  • Support for older persons.
  • Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organisations who seek to improve water quality of the rivers.
  • Preservation or planting of native plants.
  • Reduction of waste from landfill.
  • Community gardens.
  • Walking/cycling tracks to preserve the natural environment, and increase accessibility to the natural environment.
  • Restoration/protection of the natural environment.

Areas which are not eligible include:

  • Kindergartens, daycare and OSCAR programmes receiving government funding
  • Core education or scholarships
  • Sport and recreation equipment and expenses.
  • Animal welfare
  • The arts, including performing arts or drama.
  • International development and global relations.
  • Law, justice and human rights.