The principal objective of the Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust is to actively fundraise and attract sponsorships, donations and bequests in order to maintain a fund available to build strength through diversity within the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand. Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, at times advertised by the Trust, in order to support a range of rainbow-affirming projects and to assist LGBTQI+ support services.
Funding criteria for support includes:
alignment with the Trust's purpose and objectives
applications which benefit the wider NZ Rainbow community rather than any particular individual
clear and transparent benefits specifically targeting the LGBTQI+ community in NZ
the ability of the applicant to deliver the proposed project
the availability of funds
Community Support grants contribute to permanent LGBTQI+ services and resources that provide education, cultural benefit, health, welfare and support, to ensure their sustainability. This can include funding of some overhead or operational costs.
Applications for Community Support Grants must be received before midnight March 1st, 2019.
To download the Community Support Application Form, click here.
Gifting of $10,000 to community groups was celebrated on Wednesday 6 April, 2016 at Marcello’s Café in College Hill.
Auckland Women’s Centre received $1,000 to assist in the buying of books for two additional library units – Trans Women of colour and LGBTQI+ Youth. Prominent lesbian community member Cissy Rock accepted the gift on behalf of the organisation.
LowDown’s Cissy Rock, accepted a gifting of $500 for important replacements for sound gear for the lesbians out west and will also be available for other events throughout the community.
The Charlotte Museum Trust, receiving $2,000 from the trust to invest in a badge maker, a digital photo frame, and an LP to CD converter. These items will help to transplant the vast history of lesbian culture onto modern platforms and increase accessibility to these resources.
The Legacy Project received $2,000 to continue to support and co-ordinate community theatre projects from within the LGBTQI+ community to develop and stage eighteen short, theatrical works from the queer community.
Queer Aesthetic workshops of community group Breaking Boundaries were also supported this month by the trust with $1,000. “It is a really excited year for us at Breaking Boundaries”, says Joni Nelson, “we are stepping away from just being an online support service to actually being able to give back, start working with the community to create our own histories.”
OUTLine NZ was gifted the largest sum at $3,600 to fund clinical supervision and risk management training for the OUTLine team who work tirelessly with volunteers on the front line.
In April, the GABA Charitable Trust distributed $12,660 in community grants to organisations and individuals that benefit the health, welfare and support services of the LGBTQI+ community throughout New Zealand.
Auckland Women’s Centre $900 towards the operating costs of the Auckland Women’s Centre Library
Ben Walton $750 towards the production of Zinzan, a queer short film about a father/son relationship
Body Positive $2,000 towards a theatrical production about HIV/AIDS and featuring an HIV+ cast
Cartier Charitable Bereavement Trust $1,000 towards the production costs of a fundraising calendar featuring local performers
Charlotte Museum $1,130 towards the upgrade of computer systems and museum workshops and events
GALS (Gay and Lesbian Singers) $2,000 towards marketing costs for the Out & Loud choral festival
The Legacy Project $2,000 towards venue costs for script development workshops with writers and directors
OUTLine NZ $2,880 towards training costs for helpline volunteers and face-to-face counsellors
While any project, activity or service that complies with the Trust's mission objective can be considered, priority will be given to those that:
benefit the Auckland rainbow community
benefit a large number of individuals
have an educational focus
assist in reducing the marginalisation of LGBTQI+ people within society
For further information, please contact:
Gresham Bradley, Chair
Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust
Box 68 213
Community Participation grants contribute to LGBTQI+ projects and initiatives that may be held from time to time that benefit our community encompassing educational, cultural, sporting and other events including those held during Pride parades and/or festivals.
Community Participation grants specifically exclude the recipient organisation's overhead or operational costs.
Pride funding is intended to support individual organisations, groups, or persons participating in wider Pride events including, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin Prides.
To download the Community Participation Application Form, click here.
The Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust funding window is now open to participants in the Auckland Pride Festival. Unfortunately the Trust has withdrawn sponsorship of key events put on by the Auckland Pride Board and in particular the Auckland Pride Parade 2019. The Trustees consider Pride’s decision to refuse the NZ Police the right to march in uniform to be contrary to the Trust’s key purpose which is to “maintain a fund available to build strength through diversity within the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand.”
This round of applications closes at midnight on Sunday December 16th.
Wellington International Pride Parade
Applications are now open to support entry into the Wellington International Pride Parade. You must have been accepted by the organisers. This round of applications closes at midnight Sunday January 27, 2019.
Other Pride Events
Application deadlines for Pride events scheduled to be held within New Zealand during 2019 will be 6 weeks in advance of the start of each Pride event.
The GABA Charitable Trust was proud to distribute $9,900 in grant funding to support the staging of events during the 2017 Auckland Pride Festival and to encourage participation in the Auckland Pride Parade.
Festival Production Grants
Dykes on Mikes
Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?
The New Normal
We Don’t Have To Be The Building
Whati Te Waka
Ze: Queer as F*ck!
Parade Participation Grants
CarribeaNZ Southern Stars Steel Band
NZ Prostitutes Collective
Whati Te Waka
The Trust distributed $10,350 in grant funding to support the staging of events during February’s Auckland Pride Festival and to encourage participation in the Auckland Pride Parade 2016.
Festival Production Grants
Artspace – The Bill
Pride Tennis Tournament
Proud To Play
Same Same But Different
Woof! The Auckland Pride Dog Show
Parade Participation Grants
CaribbeaNZ Southern Stars Steel Band
Rainbow Family Te Whanau Uenuku
The GABA Charitable Trust distributed $10,075 in grant funding to support the staging of events during February’s Auckland Pride Festival and to encourage participation in the Auckland Pride Parade 2015.
Festival Production Grants
Alternative Bindings, literature programme
Breaking Boundaries, discussion programme
PulseArt, A Space for a Story exhibition
Rainbow Community Church, Worthy! musical
Rainbow Youth, Masquerade Ball
TAPAC, Night of the Queer cabaret
Parade Participation Grants
Aotea Drag Kings float
Aztec Gods float
Body Positive float
Brass Bandits float
Charlotte Museum float
Mika Haka Foundation float
OUTLine NZ float
Pasefika LGBTQI Youth float
Rainbow Families float
Rotorua Chamber of Pride float
These are available annually through the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust to assist students who identify as LGBTIQ+. Successful applicants would be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and a positive role model influence for Rainbow-affirming peer and community support, and have a good academic record.
In 2008, GABA and the GABA Charitable Trust created the GABA Secondary Scholarship programme to assist young LGBTQI+ people leaving secondary school through their first year of full-time tertiary study. In 2011, in recognition of the increased costs and challenges of tertiary education, the scholarships were increased to $3,000 each.
The scholarships are offered to a student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, is seen as a good role model by peers and teachers, and who has excelled in effort and achievement in their secondary education. Scholarships are open to any LGBTQI+ student who is enrolling in a full-time degree course, of at least three years duration, at any tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA.
Rainbow New Zealand Trust General Tertiary Scholarships
The Trust offers two scholarships for study at any University, Polytechnic or Wānanga in New Zealand. Applications must be made by completing the fillable PDF available for download on this link here. See below to read our Conditions.
Rainbow New Zealand Trust/AUT University Tertiary Scholarships
In 2014, GABA formed an alliance with AUT University, and now jointly offer two additional scholarships for study at AUT, under the same conditions as our standard scholarships.
Applications must be made by September 30 through AUT by clicking this link.
Hamish is an engaging student from Morrinsville College who gives 100% to everything he does. He has a penchant for Drama, participating in the school’s “Rather Large Day Out”, a showcase of drama, music and art. This involved acting in a play, and signing as a member of the chorus for the school musical.
Hamish describes himself as reliable, punctual, and a great team player.
Hamish will be studying for a Bachelor of Law at AUT.
Jessy Jean Thurston – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship
Jess hails from Auckland’s North Shore, attending Northcote College. She has a blue belt in Zen Do Kai, and has played the lead role in a production of Peter Pan for the National Youth Theatre Company. Jessy is looking forward to a career in Journalism, and has already had four articles published in Channel Magazine.
Jessy’s interests include Drama, English and Media, she describes herself as organised and dependable.
Jessy will be studying for a Bachelor of Communications at AUT.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Ethan Morse – GABA Trust / Westpac Scholarship
Having come out at 14, Ethan went on to become the very popular and highly respected Head Boy at Katikati College. He led the formation of an LGBTQI+ support group at his school and when the Orlando shootings happened in June 2016, he immediately organised, promoted and led a pride march through the streets of Tauranga in support of those who lost their lives.
He excels in English and Drama and will be going to Victoria University to further those studies.
Finn doesn't seem to have had any issues with his sexuality since he moved from Twizel to Dunedin to continue his secondary education at Logan Park High School. He and his boyfriend were voted cutest couple at the school formal in 2014, 2015 and again this year even though this year his boyfriend was briefly away in Europe and had to be present as a cardboard cut-out.
Having little need for a support network at school he nonetheless started a diversity group so that other less confident students could get the support they needed. He also has been very active in challenging school policies on gender diversity, and in combating discrimination and bullying in sport.
He will be studying Psychology and Gender Studies at Otago University.
Brooke Milne – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship
Brooke is a transman whose journey from girl to boy while still at Spotswood College in New Plymouth has not stopped him from being a prefect and an outspoken leader within his school and community. He was recognised by his school by getting the Principal's Award for the greatest contribution to the school this year. His leadership has not only included gender and sexuality issues but many other areas of school life and he is unable to be with us tonight because the school needs him as the MC for the Graduation Dinner which he is largely responsible for organising.
Brooke will be studying Creative Technologies at AUT.
Aimee Quinlan – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship
Aimee is an exceptionally caring person who has a enormous drive to help those in need. As well as attending college she has volunteered and worked with children with special needs.
Last year she set up a Rainbow Alliance group at her school, Whangaparaoa College, and has ensured the future leadership of the group by mentoring a younger student.
She will be studying at AUT for a Bachelor of Education with psychology in order to continue her work for children with special needs.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
From Long Bay College, Beth is very high-achieving academically and a school leader in many areas.
She has been active with Rainbow Youth serving on the Campaigns, and Finance and Culture Committees and is currently the board treasurer.
She will be beginning a Bachelor of Arts in History, planning to achieve a Doctorate and become a university academic.
Bryan was born in NZ of Malaysian Chinese parents.
He has been at Newlands College in Wellington where he is Head Boy, co-chairs the School Council and also fills other leadership positions.
He is academically very successful and participates in many school activities both sporting and in the arts while also volunteering outside school.
He hopes to be able to continue his volunteer work with LGBTQI+ youth while studying for a conjoint Bachelor of Law and Arts at the University of Auckland.
Kate is from Botany Downs Secondary School where she played a major role in establishing a successful and sustainable LGBTQI+ group for which she also prepared much of the material used by the group.
Passionate about writing, Kate will be doing a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Culture specialising in Creative Writing.
Jesse Ung is a New Zealand-born Cambodian from James Cook High School in Manurewa.
Since coming out at 13, he has always been involved with his school’s LGBTQI+ groups, generally in leadership positions. He’s also volunteered extensively outside school.
He is passionate about film and will be doing a Bachelor of Communications focussing on film studies.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Daniel went to Mahurangi College where he was Head Boy and was involved with many school activities in both the arts and sporting areas including being the coach for underwater hockey.
He will be studying Communications.
Courtney went to Rangitoto College where she was a top scholar. She was extensively involved with the performing arts including writing and acting, and a satirical piece she created about the homophobia of Colin Craig can be seen on Youtube. She is also a published poet and an intern at a radio station.
She wishes to study English and Theatre at The University of Auckland.
Jacob went to Rosehill College where he was a House Leader and Māori Leader. He was a co-founder of the school’s Celebrating Diversity Group for which he had pushed for several years.
He is particularly interested in developing young leaders from amongst the more marginalised groups in society and this is part of his desire to study Social Work at The University of Auckland.
Vernon went to Long Bay College where he was the Arts Captain. A person who hates being idle, he has been involved in a myriad of school activities including organising a Straight Gay Alliance at his school. He was also on the Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and involved with many community charities. He has had his own company since age 10 called Balloon Mania which provides balloons for many significant events.
He intends to do a conjoint Business and Communications degree.
2013 Scholarship Recipients
Johann studied at St Patrick’s Silverstream in Wellington, a conservative catholic college where he consistently challenged the school’s heterosexist attitudes. He is a very active online advocate on LGBTQI+ issues with a large following, and set up a support group for LGBTQI+ students at school and, with the help of the school counsellor, changed the attitudes of the school’s priest and headmaster.
Johann is also very active in the wider community including St John’s Ambulance, where he is a Cadet Leader and has received the St John’s Grand Prior’s Award. He set up his own group, The Compassionate Marists, to assist elderly residents in rest homes and was recognised for this work by the Upper Hutt City Council. He was also a Youth Advisor to this council.
Johann will be studying medicine in Auckland.
Joni studied at Long Bay College where she excelled in Drama, Media Studies and Photography. She organised, ran, performed in, and directed numerous arts events. She was also been very active in the LGBTQI+ affairs at school and in the wider community: writing, creating NZ’s first QSA online forum and starting a QSA group at school, and she has been a facilitator and Volunteer Committee member with Rainbow Youth.
Joni is planning an arts degree in psychology and media at The University of Auckland.
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Rawinia was a very popular and successful leader of the Wellington Girls College Student Council. She was an executive prefect, occasional student representative on the school board and involved with her school’s Queer Straight Alliance. She also volunteered and fund-raised for Victim Support and was involved with JustSpeak – a community advocacy group on criminal justice.
Rawinia plans to do a conjoint Law and Arts degree including Political Science and Public Policy and intends to work in the political arena.
Joshua was a Student Leader and Peer Support Senior at Kaipara College. He set up a QSA at Whangaparaoa College when faced with bullying there and went on to assist with setting up QSAs at other schools.
He has served on the Auckland District Health Board’s Peer Sexuality Support Programme, Auckland City Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and has worked with the Ministry of Youth Development’s advisory committee and as the Youth Representative on its funding board. He plans to take a conjoint Law and Arts degree with Public Policy as a focus and says, “I want to be Prime Minister”.
This year the quality of applicants was so high that the Trust awarded a study grant for an exceptional third student.
Kiran was born in Singapore and came to New Zealand when they were nine years old. An accomplished musician and photographer, they were a Young Scholar at the University of Auckland studying Maths and Computer science.
Kiran is a Rainbow Youth volunteer and is involved with Q West in Henderson. They are also doing a conjoint Law and Arts degree with the hope of working in the non-profit sector defending civil liberties or minorities issues.
2011 Scholarship Recipients
Jack was Deputy Head Boy at Fairfield College. He was active in both sports and the arts. He started a Queer Straight Alliance group at his school and was a voluntary Facilitator at Waikato Queer Youth.
He is very motivated to help others make the most of their potential, and pro-active in improving and developing groups he is involved in. Jack intends to study for BA majoring in Theatre Studies.
Academically able, and involved in a wide variety of school activities at Massey High, Farrran has shown a dedication to helping both her fellow students and others in the wider community. She intends to study health sciences with the goal of becoming a doctor, and we expect her drive and ability will ensure that she succeeds.
The Trust was asked by the Cartier Trust to select another student for a scholarship they wished to award. The following candidate was chosen.
From Kelston Boys High School, Iefata has been involved in sport as a player, referee and coach as well as being a stage performer. Recognised by his school as a leader, he has also mentored junior pupils. Iefata intends to study Health Sciences with the goal of entering Medical School.
2010 Scholarship Recipients
Alex is from Devonport where she attended Takapuna Grammar. She has achieved firsts in class in three years for English, History and Media Studies. She has been a member of the Peer Support Team, the Peer Sexuality Support Programme the main focus is increasing gay awareness in school. Alex has been active in trying to make her school LGBTQI+ friendly, speaking about challenging homophobic language in Staff Briefing and the Dean’s meeting.
She made a short film about homophobia which was shown in all year level assemblies later winning ‘Most Creative Promotion’ award at prize-giving. The film is now being used by a Rainbow Youth Educator in schools. She has run homophobia workshops in Year 10 Health Classes this year and last year and has been a member of Generation Queer at Rainbow Youth.
On the sports side of things, Alex has been a coach to the Year 10 Girls Soccer team. She participated in the Michael King Writers Centre creative writing workshops at the beginning of the year and was also lucky enough to be approved for the Auckland University Young Scholars Programme, where for one essay, she got a question about sexuality in New Zealand, a topic she is really passionate about reading Mates and Lovers: a History of Gay New Zealand and got an A+. Alex’s main love is films and she works at the newly restored Devonport Theatre as a projectionist.
Alex plans to start a Bachelor of Arts degree at Victoria University double-majoring in Political Science and Film.
Logan is from Hamilton where he attended Fairfield College. Here he was Editor of the college magazine and indulged in his loves for writing. He was elected Head Boy winning both the student and teacher votes and approval from the Principal and School Board. He has used his position to encourage a number of students identifying as LGBTQI+ to be comfortable with their sexuality and to change attitudes in the school overall.
He has been active in acting (Mitch in Streetcar Named Desire) and re-enacted a musical number from Moulin Rouge. He was an active member of Students Against Drink Driving, and the anti-harassment team in the school, which is at the forefront of efforts to eradicate bullying. He also became a member of the Hamilton Youth Council where local government issues were approached from a youth perspective.
Logan is keen on journalism and won a scholarship this year through Global Focus which offered him training sessions in Wellington and publishing opportunities for an article on global mental health. He will be studying at the University of Waikato taking a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Teaching, with a double major in English and History. His goal is to teach these subjects and become a positive role model in the education system.
Matt is from Hamilton and spent 16 years of his life on his family’s dairy farm. A graduate of St Paul Collegiate, Matt is a top level student with a strong interest in the fields of art, photography and design. This year he achieved top student in Art Photography and Art Painting and received the Thornton Gallery Award for most promising artist in the school.
He came out to his school in the 5th form. He was Stage Challenge director for two years in a row, captain of the Under 15A hockey team, a swimmer, runner and weight club member. Matt became a School Prefect, Head of Social and leader of Hamilton House as an out and proud gay student — a first at this private male-only school. Matt was Head of the School Ball Committee, leader of the Culture and International Students portfolios and Head Tenor in the School Choir.
Matt loves the arts and culture: musicals, drama, art, dancing, and design. His focus is now on fashion and seeks to build a creative career in the fashion industry. Matt will be enrolling for a Bachelor of Design course of studies at Massey University Wellington.
The Award is open to any LGBTQI+ student who is enrolling in a full time degree course of at least three years duration, at any Tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA. The degree must be on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications. The recipient must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have lived in New Zealand for at least the previous two years.
The recipient will be entering the first semester of year one, having successfully completed secondary school and having achieved university entrance in either of the previous two academic years prior to the year of intended tertiary study. (This allows for students taking a gap year.) Candidates will apply by completing all parts of the attached form.
The recipient will have shown a good level of academic achievement during their secondary studies. Involvement in extra-curricular/co-curricular activities will be of particular interest. The recipient’s personal history, financial needs, academic record (particularly in terms of effort and achievement), and plans will be taken into account.
The Scholarship will be paid upon proof of registration and payment of course fees. Recipients who hold other grants or awards may be awarded a sum up to the value stipulated by the regulations (if any) relating to those grants or awards.
All candidates must be available (at their own cost) to attend an interview in Auckland and to be available to accept the award at an appropriate time and place.
Recipients will report briefly to The Trust at the end of their first year of study.
The Trust reserves the right to not to make an award in any particular academic year and explanatory reasons may not be given.