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Have some questions about the fund?

Who can apply?

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Anyone can apply for applications up to $5,000. However, for applications over $5,000, applicants must be from an approved representative of a legal entity. For more information, please see our funding programme guidelines.

What is considered a 'legal entity'?

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A legal entity includes incorporated societies, charitable trusts, and companies with a charitable status. Only a legal entity can apply for funding above $5,000. You will need to provide one or more of the following document as proof, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Current constitution or trust deed and certificate of incorporation,
  • Letter from your district Māori Council/appropriate iwi authority
  • Copy of a Māori Land Court Order
  • Bank account details
  • Proof of organisational structure
  • Copies of minutes of meetings/annual general meetings.

Do I have to be Takatāpui to apply?

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We will only accept applications led, or in partnership with Takatāpui and rainbow Māori. However, we will consider applications from individuals and organisations who don't identify as Takatāpui or rainbow Māori, provided the kaupapa serves these communities. 

Can I apply for more than one fund?

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Yes – however, each application will need to be for separate kaupapa, and cannot be combined for a total value of more than $10,000.

What bank account evidence do you accept?

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Any of the following bank account evidence will be accepted by Burnett Foundation Aotearoa:

  1. A pre-printed deposit slip which includes the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder’s name.
  2. A bank statement which includes the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder’s name.
  3. A letter from the bank which includes the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder’s name. This must be signed and stamped by the bank.
  4. An internet printout which includes the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder’s name and the web address along the top or bottom of the page. This does not need to be signed and stamped by the bank unless all of the above is not provided on the printout.
  5. ATM printout must show the bank logo and the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder’s full name.
  6. Hand-written bank account evidence as long as it includes the full bank account number (bank, branch, account number and suffix) and the account holder’s name. This must be signed and stamped by the bank.

What are some examples of kaupapa that will be supported?

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Within the context of this application process and fund, we are looking for events, wānanga, or other kaupapa that engage and support takatāpui and diverse Māori communities. We are not limiting applicants to particular types of kaupapa and encourage you to apply if you meet our criteria! Find out more about some of the previous kaupapa we have funded here.

What can't be applied for?

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Hononga Takatāpui will not fund the purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, or other harmful substances. However, we may still fund kaupapa that include alcohol (i.e. a catered event).

When do I need to apply by?

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Applications can be submitted any time after the funding round has opened (15 December 2023), until the fund is fully allocated. After this date, our website will be updated accordingly.

Who assesses the applications?

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A panel of Burnett Foundation Aotearoa staff including Takatāpui Māori, Pākeha, and a person living with HIV will make the assessments in line with the Hononga Takatāpui criteria and funding guidelines available here. All applicants will be contacted to advise the outcome of their application, regardless of the decision. Some applicants may be required to submit further information before a final decision is made.

How long will it take to have an outcome?

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Applications are reviewed every two weeks. Some applications may be able to be fully assessed, in which case a decision will be communicated within 48 hours of assessment. However, some applications may require further information before being assessed, in which case they may need to wait until the following review date.

Do I need to spend the pūtea within a certain timeframe?

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There is no set timeframe for fund expenditure as every kaupapa is different. However, pūtea should be spent by the expected conclusion of the kaupapa as set out in your application. If this is delayed, kei te pai; we simply ask that you keep us in the loop and advise a new deadline for completion.

Please note, however, that funding applications Pūtea Kaupapa will only have the last 20% of funds released upon completion of an approved wrap-up report, submitted within 6 weeks of the kaupapa ending.

I need more help, who can I speak to?

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If you have any further questions or if you require our assistance in completing the application for our fund please email and let us know at [email protected]

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