Grants Approved

22 April 2020

Vital grants totalling over $150,000 approved 

The Wakatipu Community Foundation Greatest Needs Fund granting committee has approved five grants in excess of $150,000 to Queenstown front line agencies following the first round of applications.


Happiness House

Keeping our community warm during winter

Happiness House is offering practical support to community who are unemployed in Queenstown due to COVID19 and living in poor housing conditions. Many of the older homes in Queenstown have only single glazing but do have fireplaces and the firewood project is aimed at those who do not have access to government funding for heating.

Salvation Army

Funding for the appointment of a welfare co-ordinator.


The Salvation Army currently employs a welfare specialist team including a financial mentor, social worker and a counsellor and the addition of a welfare co-ordinator will ensure specialist counsellors are able to stay focused at the coalface.


 The charity expects to run at 600% above normal capacity for the foreseeable future – possibly as far out as four years – and the employment of a welfare co-ordinator will allow the welfare specialist team to work fully within their skill set without the burden of time consuming administration.

Kiwi Harvest

For operational costs to keep the KiwiHarvest van on the road rescuing food and distributing it back into the community before it goes to waste.

KiwiHarvest’s goal is to protect our environment from decomposing food waste and the negative environmental effects but importantly provide food support for hungry, vulnerable people, families and children in the Wakatipu region during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Volunteering Central

For operational funding to enable Volunteering Central to continue delivering services in the Wakatipu to meet the community's needs. 

Connecting volunteers to support the COVID 19 welfare response and continued support and coordination of volunteers during the recovery is a significant aspect of the organisation’s work. 

Volunteering Central partners with the QLDC in the event of a civil emergency and since March 16th, 2020 its primary focus has been preparing for and putting into action processes to safely and effectively coordinate spontaneous volunteers in response to the  COVID-19 crisis. 

Baskets of  Blessings

Funds required for urgent purchases of staple ingredients needed to produce homecooked frozen meals for people in need during the Covid-19 crisis.

Baskets of Blessings is maximising its resources producing healthy nutritious food for an increasing number of families requiring community support to meet basic needs, including feeding themselves. The team of volunteers has gone from typically preparing between 300 and 400 meals a month to cooking almost 1000 meals over a seven-day period.

Thank you for helping the most vulnerable in our community 

Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund

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