We are a pro-interactive grant maker

What we do

The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust is no ordinary trust.

We are a pro-interactive grant maker investing in initiatives to nurture, grow and empower children and young people in New Zealand with Greater Christchurch being the priority geographical community of interest.

How we work

We work with local and central government, community groups, youth advisors, education and research institutions, and funding agencies to ensure we can continue to help meet the needs of young people in Greater Christchurch.  

We work with stakeholders in each of our funding areas to work out what we'll fund.  We don’t have a contestable fund, like many other trusts do.  We prefer to take a more proactive and interactive approach to our funding and with the organisations we work with.  

Our Youth Development Champion

In January 2017, the Trust created a Youth Development Champion position to promote positive youth development across Greater Christchurch and to create a centre of excellence to provide leadership, best practice, support and training in positive youth development to youth and community based organisations, schools, service providers, businesses, government agencies and other networks and infrastructure across Greater Christchurch.  

Our funding areas

We broadly work within 2 areas –  the youth sector (0-25 years) and cancer research

Within the youth sector, we are focused on specific issues within housing, education, the early years, and the development of the youth sector.  

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