Funding for Playcentres

Top Tip for August

** It is important to acknowledge any funders who help you out. This can be done in a variety of ways such as a thank you on social media, sending a thank you card with a story about the impact the funding had, photos to show them what their funding achieved and a thank you in your minutes and at your AGM.

With the end of our financial year fast approaching, it is also important to make sure you have a separate line in your accounts for each funder and list them by name. Some funders stipulate this in their terms and conditions, so I find it easier to list everyone separately. The finance pack will also ask for a list of those who have given you funding in the last 12 months. Providing their name and the amount lets Playcentre Aotearoa acknowledge them in the annual report and highlight any funders who have consistently supported Playcentres nationwide.

Don’t underestimate the importance of your “Thank You”.  **


Lottery National Community Fund – applications now closed

Thank you to the 163 Centres that completed the form for this. I have submitted the grant application and expect to hear the result in early October. Based on past results, a straight split of the funds would see each Centre getting around $900. 14 Centres that applied want to put the funds towards large projects at their Centre. I will be contacting each of you to see if I can recommend where you might be able to secure additional funding for your project while you await the result from Lottery.


Upcoming Funding Rounds

** Please note: Always check-in with individual funders BEFORE YOU APPLY. While every effort has been made to ensure information given is correct at the time of publication, funding availability and other details may change frequently. **


Southland District Council Community Partnership Fund – Southland

Applications close 30 September 2021

The nine community boards in the district are responsible for approving the grants. More information is available under the relevant community page.


Pelorus Trust – Far North; Northland; Hibiscus Coast; Auckland; Taranaki; Wairarapa; Manawatu; Kapiti Coast; Lower Hutt; Upper Hutt; Wellington; Marlborough; Nelson

Applications accepted at any time, meetings usually happen twice a month. Funding is for equipment or services that foster continuous learning, including the development and maintenance of facilities that benefit the community. They will not fund what they consider should be funded by central government or utilities. They may consider funding the cost of renting or leasing a premises.


Auckland Foundation – Auckland

Applications for each of the contestable grants are open from Monday August 16 – Friday August 27 at 5pm. Applications may be possible under the Grassroots Giving Programme ($500-$15,000). Your organisation or initiative should be focused on positive outcomes, and on long-term solutions that see our tamariki/children, rangatahi/young people and their whānau/families be resilient, secure and thriving.

Priority will be given to organisations/initiatives that:

  • Are grassroots
  • Put whānau/families at the centre
  • Are collaborative
  • Work holistically/provide wraparound support
  • Use kaupapa Māori models of practice
  • Focus on long-term solutions and are outcomes-focused

There is also a North Shore Fund and a Hobsonville Point Community Grant Fund.


Discounts for Playcentres

This section contains information about discounts or offers for Centres. It does not constitute endorsement and these offers are not for individual members.

Coming soon is a “Discounts for Playcentres” page on the members section of the website! If you have a business you would like us to approach and ask for a discount for Playcentre, please email me on [email protected]. I am waiting to hear back from Ecostore.

To access discounts for products being used at your Playcentre, take a letter from your Playcentre explaining the paint project/expected paint/product needed (approximate is fine) into your local Resene owned ColorShop and ask for the EC41 Playcentre discount. The discount depends on the products you buy – your local Resene owned ColourShop will talk you through options.  E.g. for some, if you don’t care about the colour, you could look at mistints.


The Playcentre Shops


10% off everything in store (excludes PC branded items and clearance items)

Find them online at, call them on 03 377 4354 or visit them at 17 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

They also have a Facebook page –

When you order online for your Centre, make sure you select ‘pre-approved account’ so that the discount can be applied by the shop when processing the order. If you pay by credit card, there is no discount.

Centre members and members of the public are also welcome to buy from the shop either in person or online, however, the discount will not apply.



10% off everything in store (excludes PC branded items and clearance items)

You can visit them at 33 Rimu Street, Inglewood on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 3pm and outside these hours by arrangement, call them on 06 756 7570 or check them out on Facebook –

Each term a different area of play will get a 15% discount. Term 3 is dress ups.


Playcentres nationwide can access our commercial rates through this channel. These rates are not offered in any retail stores.

With expert support available at the end of the phone, Alistair and Nathan will swiftly become an indispensable business resource. You can make an online payment for your items and we can then deliver direct to your Playcentre (for a small fee) or you can pick up from your local store (no cost).

Get in touch with Alistair or Nathan for pricing or consultation.

Technology and Computers

Laptops, Desktops, Monitors, Tablets, Mobile Phones, Cameras, Printers, Security, Networking

Alistair Bryce

P: +64 3 367 7587 | Ext 75887
M: +64 22 499 0079

E: [email protected]


Electrical Appliances & Home Living 

TV’s, Audio, Whiteware, Kitchen Appliances, Furniture, Bedding

Nathan Lee

P: +64 3 363 5910 | Ext 615009
M: +64 21 243 1008
E: [email protected]