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What is the PlaceMakers Foundation?

The PlaceMakers Foundation is the culmination of our heritage. It combines our charitable giving, the skills of our people and customers, and all our resources to help make a lasting difference. From a helping hand for local groups to bringing major projects to fruition through our Big Build Grant, we’re making a change and together building a better New Zealand.

What is the Purpose or Mission of the PlaceMakers Foundation?

The object of the PlaceMakers Foundation is the charitable purpose of advancing education and providing benefits to the community by way of funding community projects and initiative of a charitable nature.

Such charitable purpose will benefit local communities, funding and promoting health, education and wellness initiatives or services funding and promoting initiatives or innovations have ecological or environmental benefit.

What is the structure of the PlaceMakers Foundation?

The PlaceMakers Foundation is made up of 5 trustees of whom three are appointed indefinitely and the other two are appointed on an annual basis.

What can I apply for through the PlaceMakers Foundation?

The PlaceMakers Foundation has two different grants:

  1. The Big Build Grant
    The Big Build Grants provide expertise, materials and project management up to the value of $25,000 for special projects where an entire community will benefit from the creation or betterment of a local facility. Our entire team gets behind the project, from selecting the recipient right through to rolling up our sleeves and helping make it happen. Together we’re building New Zealand and proud of it! Check here to see when the applications open next.
  2. Foundation Grants
    Throughout the year our stores fundraise continually for a set amount of time to contribute towards local groups, teams and organisations seeking support. It’s this kind of ‘leg up’ that can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a goal that has positive ripples throughout a community.

Do I need to be a trade customer at PlaceMakers to apply for a grant?

No you don’t need to be a customer at PlaceMakers to apply for our support.

What if I have a small project/ event and need materials from my local PlaceMakers branch?

These requests are managed by local PlaceMakers branches, apply through the Foundation Grant application form and this will be passed onto your local branch for review. 

How do you apply to the PlaceMakers Foundation?
Visit The PlaceMakers Foundation and click on ‘The Big Build Grant' or ‘Foundation Grants’ and complete the application form.

What is the process for applications?

  1. The Big Build Grant
    1. Applications are open for a month and submitted via The PlaceMakers Foundation
    2. Applications are submitted to the board of trustees
    3. Grant recipient is notified & announced (within a month of applications closing)
  2. Foundation Grants
    1. Apply anytime through the application form via The PlaceMakers Foundation
    2. Your application will be forwarded onto your local branch for review
    3. Your local branch will be in touch within 2 weeks of receiving your application