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Tiaki Fund

Helping you beautify your community

Does your area need a spruce up? Want to care for your local environment? We want to help you lead a successful environmental or beautification project in your community.

That’s why we’re offering grants towards the cost of locally led projects in South or East Auckland, with a total funding pool of $16,000 per year.

Whether it’s a waste clean-up, community mural, native planting or something else - if you want to make a difference in your community, we want to help you make it happen!

Community volunteers clean up a stream in South Auckland.

Funding is available for:

  • Waste clean-ups

  • Community murals

  • Graffiti guarding

  • Native planting to prevent graffiti

  • Clearing weeds/vegetation to open up a space

Funding grants are available to:

  • Schools and ECEs

  • Neighbourhoods

  • Community Groups

  • Youth Groups

  • Marae

  • Workplaces

Have a project in mind that isn’t on the list? Get in touch, we may be able to help!

  • Zero Waste Volunteer
    We’re looking for volunteers to help out with our brand-new Zero Waste hub! The Manurewa Community Recycling Centre is a place of community connection, a destination for learning and most importantly where practical actions can be taken to reduce waste to landfill. We are looking for some good sorts to help with assisting customers, interacting with the community, keeping up with general maintenance, creating shop displays and much more. If you have a friendly attitude and an interest in engaging with our Zero Waste kaupapa, and the local community, this is a great opportunity for you! By volunteering, you can support this worthwhile cause in a meaningful and hands-on way. You'll get to know our fun and friendly Beautification Trust team, become a waste minimisation guru in the process and help out in your community! If you are keen to help out between Wednesdays to Saturdays as an on-going or casual volunteer then fill in the form above!
  • Community Champion
    Love your local area? Become a Community Champion and care for a local space, like a reserve, walkway or waterway.
  • Community Events
    We host and support environmental education and community events which need the support of volunteers. Some events may include planting days, clean-up events, and place-making projects such as murals. We post all of our Community Events on our Events page. ​
  • Boomer Shed
    Our community shed for people aged 50+ is always keen to welcome volunteers to help out. ​ In particular we are on the lookout for experienced engineers, cabinetmakers, welders, arts and crafts tutors and other tradespeople to share their skills with others in our fully equipped workshop. If you have a talent and willing to share it - let us know! Find out more about the Boomer Shed. ​
  • Adopt A Spot
    We have an ever increasing number of wonderful people who help tackle graffiti and litter by adopting a spot. These people watch out for tagging and rubbish in public places on a weekly basis and then report it into the Trust. ​ Past experience shows that the sooner tagging is painted out and litter is removed the less likely it is to attract more.
  • Repair Café
    Do you know your way around a tool-belt? Do you like getting crafty? Join in with one of our Repair Cafés by helping out with repairing broken or damaged items!
  • Foodtogether Pop-Up Manurewa
    We on the lookout for keen volunteers to help out with our Foodtogether Pop-up. You will have the opportunity to learn about food waste, engage with the public and join a meaningful community of volunteers. The Foodtogether Pop-Up is on every Thursday between 12pm and 1pm, giving locals the opportunity to fill a bag with delicious, seasonal fruit & veg for just $15!


Ready to apply for funding? Fill out our online application form. 

Community volunteers clean up Papakura Town Centre.

Special thanks to Auckland Council for helping fund the Tiaki Fund programme.

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Whakamana Hapori, Empowering Communities

Here are some other ways we can support you to lead your own successful environmental or beautification project in your community.

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Community Tool Library

Get equipped for your project.

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Community Compost

Free compost available.

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Creator Space

Workshop & classroom space.

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