Wilson Home Trust Grants Information

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.”  Magic Johnson

The Wilson Home Trust is delighted to offer a range of grants that support an initiative, activity or equipment that will enhance the life of a child or young person who has a disability. We also have grants available for the child’s family because we acknowledge the challenges that many families experience.

Please check that the child meets our criteria for a grant.
If you require more information please us.


  • The child or young person has a disability which is primarily physical.
  • The child or young person is younger than 22 years.
  • The child or young person lives in the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand.
  • The child or young person’s family has a need for financial assistance.

Dates for upcoming funding rounds are

  • March 2018 round closes Thursday April 12. Closed and being processed
  • April 2018 round closes Thursday May 10.
  • May 2018 round closes Thursday June 14.

Funding approval meetings are held in the last week of the month, with applicants notified within five working days of the meeting.

Policy Update

The Committee of Management (COM) approved two amendments to the Wilson Home Trust Grants Policy effective 31 March 2017.

Maximum Grant Allocation 

The COM noted that grants range from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars, which indicates the diversity of needs, and services that disabled children require. Although some grants had been higher in the past, the COM agreed that $5,000 exclusive of GST would be a reasonable maximum single grant allocation for the future.

Funeral Grants 

It was noted that funeral grants have on occasion been approved. The COM noted that the focus of the Trust Deed was on children with disabilities who need care and rehabilitation during their lives. Funeral grants or costs were therefore not considered applicable to the primary purpose of the Trust nor an appropriate category for grant requests, so would no longer be available.

What grant should I apply for?

Children’s Equipment and Activity Grant

The equipment or activity grant is to support families to acquire equipment or offer experiences that will enhance the life of their child who has a disability. Items that are normally funded by Government agencies are excluded (e.g.  Accessable or Enable). There is a cap of $5,000 exclusive of GST for each child up to the age of turning 22.

All applications for equipment or activities, must include quotes from two separate providers and a letter of support from a health professional. Details of what to include in the letter of support can be found here. WHT Checklist for Professionals Grants Policy

Holiday Grant

The purpose of the holiday grant is to support a family who is in significant need of time out.  The Holiday Grant is up to $300 excluding GST. There is a limit of two Holiday Grants per family before your child turns 22 years. We do not cover travel and transport costs or cancellation fees. The holiday grant is valid for 3 months. You may apply anytime.

Where Can I Go?  You may stay anywhere of your choice however, you will need to pay initially and we will reimburse you on proof of a receipt. Alternatively, we do have an arrangement with the two organisations below who have holiday homes available and we can pay them directly.

Paihia Centre for Recreation has two self contained cottages available. One of the cottages is wheelchair accessible. They are situated in the grounds of the parish church in Paihia. If you choose Paihia we will pay them directly. Once your grant is approved you may make a reservation on their website.

Rescare Beach House at Maraetai  is a large home fully accessible with a fenced yard. Situated at 153 Maraetai Coast Rd, Maraetai, Clevedon. Bookings are for two nights from midday Friday to midday Sunday. If you choose Maraetai we will pay them directly.

To make a reservation  or phone 09 292 8396.

Any other location:
You can stay at any location of your choice. However, you will need to pay initially and we will reimburse you with original receipts.

Counselling Grant

A Counselling Grant is available for any family member who has a child with a disability and requires counselling support. This may include parents, primary carers, siblings or the young person themselves. The grant is up to the value of $500 exclusive of GST. You may choose your own counsellor. Please call us to discuss your eligibility and/or application.

Emergency Grant

A Family Assistance Grant is for urgent support in times of a crisis or emergency. You may request this on behalf of another person. The grant is up to $250 exclusive of GST.

Group Grant

The Group Grant is for not-for-profit organisations or groups of children or youth who meet our criteria and seek to provide an enriching experience. Examples include: recreation, sport, camps, communication, socialization and therapeutic activities. When organisations apply for a group grant all the people that the grant applies to must meet the criteria.


In all cases, we would like to talk to you. Please contact us:

Carol White (Trust Manager): (09) 485 3463 or carolwhite@wilsonhometrust.org.nz