Make a Wish

Make a Wish aims to create life changing wishes for eligible children with critical illnesses. Every wish is unique to the child - our volunteers "Wish Granters" meet them in their homes, or hospital, to chat and find out what that one true wish will be. The wish is designed to complement a child’s medical treatment, and give them the hope, strength and joy they need to fight their illness.

Make a Wish Website 

Make a Wish Eligibility Criteria 

Make a Wish Application Form 

U18 Variety NZ

Variety provides tailored, flexible support to disadvantaged children throughout New Zealand. We can provide your child with basic essentials like bedding, a school uniform and shoes and access to important life opportunities such as school camp and swimming lessons. You or your family could apply to Variety New Zealand. They fund things like trikes, iPads, laptops, and mobility equipment for children and young people who are disabled or ill.

Variety Funding Application Form 

Halberg Activity Fund Grant – under 21

Activity Fund grants are provided to enable physically disabled young people to participate in sport and recreation by reducing financial barriers. Grants cover either the adaptation of equipment or the purchase of disability specific equipment, lessons and/or coaching and additional costs associated with the young person attending a camp. 

Halberg Foundation Website 

Activity Fund Guidelines and Application Form

UpsideDowns Education Trust

The UpsideDowns Education Trust provides funding for private speech and language therapy for children with Down syndrome in New Zealand.

UpsideDowns Education Trust Website

Funding for Speech and Language Therapy Application Form

​Mana Whaikaha

Mana Whaikaha is a service which provides disability support to individuals, whānau and others in the disability sector from districts within the Mid Central DHB region. Additional direct support is allocated to disabled people and whānau, which will mainly fund early interventions and improved access to specialist services.

Mana Whaikaha Funding Eligibility Criteria

Mana Whaikaha Funding Information

Personal Budget Guideline

NZ Federation of Deaf children (DCNZ)

o   NZ Sign Language (NZSL) Classes Subsidy Fund

Available to DCNZ members (and family members who they live with, or care for) who wish to learn New Zealand Sign Language at home, in a community class or online.

      NZSL Classes Subsidy Form

o   Tutor Fees Subsidy Fund

DCNZ can provide assistance to subsidise to cost of engaging a private tutor for students (for Y1 to Y13). 

      Tutor Fees Subsidy Application Form

o   Speech Language Therapy Fees Subsidy Fund

DCNZ can provide assistance to subsidise to cost of engaging a private Speech-Language Therapist (SLT).

       Speech-Language Therapist Subsidy Application Form

o   Assistive Devices Subsidy Fund

Often technology makes life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children a little easier. DCNZ can assist with a small grant towards a device, such as a vibrating alarm clock, flashing fire alarm, cell phone, etc.

      Assistive Devices Subsidy Application Form

o   Advanced Learning Scholarships

The John and Betty Rose Scholarship is for post-secondary students looking to study at a Tertiary centre in New Zealand. DCNZ grants two scholarships per year of $1,000 towards Tertiary fees.

Advanced Learning Scholarship Form

o   Grants | Individual or Parent Group

DCNZ is able to provide grants to assist individuals or Parent Groups with things not covered in our other assistance, such as competitions or events.  

Grant Application (Individual) Form

Grant Application (Group) Form

Blind Low Vision NZ

Blind Low Vision NZ administers a number of funds that could provide additional financial help and support to people who are blind or have low vision.

o   Kindred Sharp Children’s Trust

This Trust provides grants to children up to the age of 16 who were blind before reaching their second birthday and are registered with Blind Low Vision NZ.

Grants may be approved for the funding of equipment, improving quality of life, or personal development programmes. The maximum grant this Trust will approve is $500.00 per child.

For more information please contact the Fund & Trust Administrator, Murray Peat, on 0800 24 33 33.

o   Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund

This Fund was established in 1923 from the proceeds of a public appeal for funds to aid both civilian and war blinded persons. It can provide assistance to meet the additional financial costs of blindness; enhance member rehabilitation, habilitation and personal development needs. The Fund does not provide assistance to meet the ordinary costs of daily living or welfare.

Pearson Fund Guide to Operations

Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund standard application form

Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund accessible application form

For more information and an application form, contact the Pearson Fund Administrator on 0800 24 33 33 or email:

o   Henderson Fund

This Trust seeks to provide assistance for blind children up to the age of 21 years in the New Plymouth, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Wellington areas, or for children who have received assistance from the Henderson Trust Fund and no longer reside in such areas.

Please contact the Fund & Trust Administrator on 0800 24 33 33 for more information.

o   The Shirley Owen Trust: Learn music

If you are a client of Blind Low Vision NZ, and you would like to learn an instrument or practice singing, apply for some funding assistance through the Shirley Owen Trust.

Shirley Owen Trust Application Form – Standard
Shirley Owen Trust Application Form – Accessible

The Mazda Foundation

The Mazda Foundation Trust aims include (but are not limited to) the provision of financial aid to individuals and causes which may qualify for income tax deductibility for gifts and which provide:

o   Assistance towards the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment

o   Assistance in the advancement of culture and education to achieve excellence at all levels in the community

o   Assistance to young people through advancement of education and employment skills development, with particular emphasis on children from deprived background

o   Assistance in the arts where the goal is to educate and expose the NZ public on NZ culture

The Mazda Foundation Website

The Mazda Foundation Application Form


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