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 so, contact us to request an application form.


  • The child or young person has a physical disability.
  • 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.

Applications will be considered four times a year and you will be notified shortly after that date.

The closing dates for applications are 20 February, 20 May, 20 August and 20 November.

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).

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 including 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.

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 $300. 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.

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.

Funeral Grant

The Funeral Grant offered by The Wilson Home Trust is up to $1000.00. Applications can be made at any time. The Trust is able to pay the Funeral Director upon receiving an invoice for up to $1000.00. Please contact a Coordinator if you would like to talk about this grant.


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

Russell Vickery (Trust Manager): (09) 485 3461 or rjvickery@wilsonhometrust.org.nz

Jenna Bernstein (Admin Assistant): (09) 488 0126 or jenna@wilsonhometrust.org.nz