Apply for help

The Fifeshire Foundation considers applications for help from people
who are in hardship and domestic crisis. 

We also consider applictions from agencies that support local people in crisis.  
We can only make funding decisions at our monthly meetings - and not in between meetings.  

Next meeting dates
 Applications must be received by
    Friday 10 August 
           5pm 25 July                              

                            Friday 8 September AGM                   

            5pm 25 August                                   

If you can't make the cut off date, or have any questions about applying please contact Rachel Swarbrick on Ph 027 334 3374.  Or text us and the Manager, Rachel, will call you back. 
Please note we have a new application form.  We now require all applications to include a budget worksheet, signed by a budget advisor, or you must confirm household income and expenses.  Please contact us if you need to discuss this. 

Download application form

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Things we fund

Personal needs
We can consider applications for a wide range of items for both adults and children,
such as clothes, shoes, glasses, driving lessons and licence fees. 

Household costs
We can also fund household needs such as food (we provide Countdown cards), firewood, furniture, bedding, baby gear, heaters, fridges and washing machines.

Critical bills
Critical bills such as bond, rent, power bills, or cellphones that are needed for safety reasons. 

All applications for help with power bills must attach a current budget signed by a budget advisor, or a letter to say one will be provided by the meeting date.  Where we help with power bills, we will strongly recommend people arrange regular payments to their power company

Travel or transport
Important travel or transport, driving lessons or test fees, baby buggies, car seats, bikes or bike seats. 

  GP bills.  Simple dental work (such as fillings/extractions) for pain relief. 

Children's costs
Stationery, uniforms, camps, holiday programmes and respite care. Prams, cots, car seats and bikes.

Organisations that support people in financial and/or domestic hardship. Please provide 2 signatures from your organisation and a copy of your most recent financial statements. 

Download application formWord Doc | PDF

Please be realistic
We would love to help everyone, but with approximately 35 monthly applications, and a budget of about $13,000 each month, we just can’t. So please be realistic and apply for the priority and the amount that will best help in the immediate situation. You are welcome to call us if you're unsure about your application: Ph 027 334 3374

Things we don't fund

Applications with no evidence of hardship
We do not fund people who are not in hardship and domestic crisis.  This is why applications must state household income or benefit levels, number and age of dependents, and other relevant factors. 

Applications with insufficient information
Please include any quotes, bills or accounts related to the application, so that we can make an informed decision, and make payments afterwards if the application is successful.  Applications without the necessary information will be returned. 

Cars and car repairs or car running costs. 

Organisations’ basic running costs
This includes rent, power, telephone, and office equipment.  We cannot fund organisations’ wages costs as these amounts are also beyond our means. 

Things that have already happened
This could be a school camp that has already finished, or an account that has already been paid.  We do, however, help with bills that are overdue or in arrears. 

Download application form

Word Doc | PDF

Application process

Download our form and please read it carefully.  You may like to have someone help you fill it in.  You are welcome to include a letter of support with your application. 

Download application formWord Doc | PDF

Tell us about the need or crisis

Please describe the situation or crisis as much as you feel able to.  Applications are strictly confidential because we know this information may be sensitive. 

Describe the current circumstances 

This includes noting the number and ages of members of the household.  Please note any other relevant factors such as health, special needs, housing, work or debts. 

Include copies of bills, accounts or quotes

Your application will be returned if this information is missing.  Please include full information and quotes so that the Trustees are able to make an informed decision, and so we are able to make a payment if your grant is successful.

Individuals must include 2 signatures 

Please give 2 signatures from people who support the application, e.g. budget advisor, WINZ, support/social worker, doctor or nurse, minister, employer, lawyer, teacher or principal. NOT family or friends.  Also, if applicable, please confirm that no WINZ grants or advances are available. 

Organisations must include 2 signatures 

Please provide 2 signatories from your organisation, a resolution from your committee and a copy of your most recent financial statements.

Important dates

Return the completed Application Form by the 20th of the month to the Fifeshire Foundation at

Fifeshire House,  Trafalgar Square,
or post to
Fifeshire Foundation
PO Box 907, Nelson.


We let the contact person know the result a few days after the meeting.  Fifeshire Foundation meets on the first Friday of each month, but there is no meeting in January.