Apply for help

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

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

For information on the dates of our monthly meetings, and the cut-off dates for applications, visit our events page.



15 March 2019

12 April 2019


5pm 25 February 2019

5pm 25 March 2019


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, available as a PDF or Word document, which you can download via the buttons below.  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.


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.


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


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.

Automotive repair and maintenance costs

This includes 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.


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. 


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 25th of the month to the Fifeshire Foundation at

Fifeshire House,  Trafalgar Square, Nelson

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.