Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A WILSON HOME TRUST GRANT?
A: Grants can be made in respect only of children and their familise ('family' means parents, whanau, primary caregivers and/or siblings) who fit the following criteria:
'Children with disabilities' means the children or young persons are under the age of 22 years:
- Physical disabilities are those which primarily impair function of body and/or limbs. Additional sensory (vision, hearing,) and intellectual ( cognitive, behavioural, mental,) disabilities may be present, but will not be the primary reason for the funds requested.
The child or young person’s disability needs to be described in terms of the impairments, activity limitations and/or participation restrictions, as per the terms used by the World Health Organisation: “Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations”. (https://www.who.int/topics/disabilities/en/ ). Causes may include a range of medical diagnoses, congenital or acquired.
those children or families must live in the qualifying area described by the Trust Deed (see map below) - for convenience only this area is described as being in the upper half of the North Island.
- Can provide evidence of their financial need - eg: household income and expenses:-
- Key source of weekly household income.
- Weekly outgoings eg: rent/mortgage, food, travel, HP repayments, credit cards, etc.
- Funding limit: Are within the funding limit.
Q: WHAT IS THE LIMIT PER CHILD/YOUNG PERSON?
A: Equipment/activity grants: $5,000 plus GST in a child's lifetime. Holiday grants: Three - four nights acommodation up to $1,000 plus GST - twice in a child's lifetime. Counseling Grants: $1,000 plus GST twice in a child's lifetime. Emergency Grants: $1,000 plus GST in a child's lifetime.
Q: WHAT ARE THE CLOSING DATES FOR FUNDING?
A: Please CLICK HERE for closing dates for the Equipment/Activity/Group Grants. There are no closing dates for Counseling, Emergency and Holiday Grants.
Q: HOW MANY GRANTS CAN I APPLY FOR?
A: As many as you like up to the total limited as mentioned above.
Q: WHO CAN SUPPLY THE SUPPORT LETTERS AND WHAT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE IN THE SUPPORT LETTER:
A: Each application should include a written confirmation from a doctor or health professional such as an occupational therapist, or teacher that have the following:-
- Knowledge: They know the child/young person with a disability.
- Physical disability: The child/young person has a physical disability, it being understood that a person can have multiple impairments, but to be eligible the child/young person has to have a physical disability rather than solely an intellectual or behavioural/cognitive disability or mental illness.
- Primary physical disability: In relation to particular need: In relation to the need which is the subject of the application for a grant (eg: help with the purchase of a particular mobility aid) the health professional needs to confirm that because of the need described in the grant application, the child/young person's physical impairment is their primary disability in a case where the child has multiple impairments.
- Need: There is a need as described in the application and how it will affect the child/young person's family life.
The person supplying the support letter:-
- Application: You have seen and support the application to be attached to your letter.
- Knowledge: You know the child/young person with a disability and confirm that they are:-
- under the age of 22 years,
- live in the qualifying area described by the Trust Deed (a map describing the qualifying area is above) - for convenience only this area is described as being in the upper half of the North Island.
- have a physical disability rather than solely an intellectual or behavioural/cognitive disability or mental illness (a physical disability is defined as meaning a physical impairment of the normal functions of the body or limbs and can be either congenital or acquired),
- if the child/young person has multiple impairments, then in relation to the need which is the subject of the application for a grant (eg: help with the purchase of a particularly mobility aid) you need to confirm that because of the need described int he grant application, the child/young person's physical impairment is their primary disability. NB: A child/young person solely with autism, a sensory disability, mental illness or intellectual disability and no physical impairment does not come within the definition of potential beneficiary under the Trust Deed.
- Need: there is a need/therapeutic justification for the activity/equipment which is the subject of the application, there is no other source for the funding and how the grant will affect the child/young person's family life.
- Independence: you are independent from the activity/equipment provider being sought in the application.
Q: IF MY CHILD HAS A SENSORY DISABILITY AND A PHYSICAL DISABILITY, WILL THIS QUALIFY FOR GRANT FUNDING?
A: If the the primary impairment is physical and the application is for the physical need, then this should qualify for funding.
Q: WHAT FINANCIAL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED?
A: Please provide a high level budget showing the total income and then the key household expenses eg: rent/mortgage, living costs, etc to demonstrate that there is a need. Please include any other information that may be relevant.
Q: IS GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO NON-NEW ZEALAND RESIDENTS?
A: This will be considered on a case by case basis.
Q: HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR CAN I APPLY?
A: As many as you like with the funding limits.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A DECISION TO BE MADE?
A: Provided the application if complete and the Committee have all the information that is required, the Committee of Management generally meet on the last Friday of the month and the decision is communicated during the following week.
Q: IF I HAVE HAD AN APPLICATION PREVIOUSLY DECLINED, CAN I APPLY AGAIN?
A: Yes, provided the applicant fits the criteria.
Q: I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR A GRANT BUT DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER, HOW CAN THEY APPLY?
A: If you contact the Wilson Home Trust we can send a hard copy application form and this can be mailed back to us.
Q: A FAMILY THAT I AM WORKING WITH WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR A GRANT, HOWEVER THEY DO NOT HAVE THE LITERACY OR THE SKILLS TO FILL OUT THE FORMS, COULD I FILL OUT THE FORM ON THEIR BEHALF?
A: Yes, please let us know who has completed the application when it is submitted.