Community funding through the WBS Charitable Trust

Helping our community prosper

At WBS, we’re proud that our profits don’t go offshore but rather get invested back into the Wairarapa community. Through the WBS Charitable Trust, we support all sorts of groups and initiatives with grants. Below is a list of the October 2023 recipients.

Apply for grant funding online

We recommend reading over the Trust’s grant policy before applying: WBS Charitable Trust Grant Policy

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Application process

  • 1-30 April: Applications open
  • First 2 weeks of May: Applications collated
  • Second 2 weeks of May: Trust reviews applications and approves grants
  • June: Applicants informed of Trust’s decisions

More about grant funding

The WBS Charitable Trust looks to support applications that fall within the following categories:

  • Arts and culture
  • Sports and recreation
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Educational
  • Community support

Community groups we supported in our October 2023 funding round

  • Wairarapa Sports Education Trust
  • Wairarapa foodbanks
  • Social Crust
  • Waiwaste
  • Featherston Community Patrol
  • Martinborough Men’s Shed
  • Enliven
  • Cobblestones Trust
  • Wairarapa Cancer Society
  • Oasis Charitable Trust
  • Access Radio
  • Wai Community Centre Trust – Grow Community Garden
  • Forest and Bird Fensham Reserve
  • Wairarapa Ki Te Upoko – Māori Wardens
  • Wairarapa College
  • Wairarapa Youth Orchestra
  • Galaxy Cheer All Stars
  • Greytown Little Theatre
  • Tinui Astro Turf and Sporting Complex
  • Masterton Bowling Club
  • Wairarapa Youth Charitable Trust
  • Gladstone & Districts Sports and Social Club
  • Riversdale Beach Association
  • Riversdale Beach Golf Club
  • Phoenix News
  • St Johns Wairarapa
  • Mania Kindergarten
  • Masterton Toy Library
  • Waiti Project
  • Tinui Playgroup
  • Wainuioru School