Funding for Playcentres

I am passionate about supporting centres with their grant funding applications. Some of the areas I can help with are – provide an affiliation letter or Spotlight report, point you in the direction of who might be suitable to apply to, help you with some benefits and outcomes or be there for struggling centres that need a lot of help with their application. You can email me on [email protected]

Tonya Bristow

Top Tip for October (thank you to Exult)

** Funders often have hundreds of applications to sift through so you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Create a strong and compelling vision that communicates your WHY. The reason your Playcentre exists. The difference your centre wants to make in your local community. Your vision is a strong tool to enable your application to connect with the funder on an emotional level. Watch this YouTube video ( by comedian Michael Jr. for a great example of the power of knowing your centre’s why.


Why should you focus on your why? Organisations don’t fund what you do, they fund why you exist. Yet so many applications focus on the what or how of Playcentre. While funders want to get a snapshot of what you do on a day-to-day basis (your mission), they really want to know WHY you exist (your vision). Check out this edited TED talk ( by Simon Sinek, then get great at articulating your why. A question to consider to help you get to your why – if your centre was doing everything 100% right, what would your community look like as a result?

When you put your mission and your vision together, you have your elevator pitch. The first thing you share about your centre, in the brief moment you are introduced and have the full attention of the person you are speaking to. The main point that you lead with in your application to make you stand out. **


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. **


AD Hally Trust – Temuka, Geraldine, Timaru area – Closes 30 October

Advancement of education. Smaller projects as about $30,000 to distribute.


Auckland Council – Local Board Quick Response Grant – Waitakere Ranges, Waitemata, Whau, Albert-Eden, HendersonMassey, Devonport-Takapuna – Closes 15 October

Small grants up to about $1500.


Neighbourhood Matching Fund – Rotorua – Closes 14 October

The purpose of this fund is to bring people together to build stronger communities and neighbourhoods by providing resources for self-help projects, which link to Rotorua 2030 goals. The priorities for this fund include: Contributing to families and whanau working, playing and talking together.


Hutt City Community Engagement Fund – Petone, Eastbourne, Wainiuomata, Central, Eastern, Northern, Western – Closes 14 October


Shout Out

Narrowneck Playcentre recently got funding from the Devonport – Takapuna Local Board Quick Response Grants Round 2 2021.

“Our centre was in need of some new crash mats to meet health and safety requirements. We applied for funding for 75% of the cost of two new crash mats, one to fit under our monkey bars to provide a soft landing for our tamariki when they are swinging through the air, and the other a large square mat to jump / spin / tumble onto from our large climbing boxes and other equipment.

We were delighted when we were notified that the funding had been approved and our tamariki were able to enjoy using the new mats prior to lockdown. This new equipment has enhanced our Playcentre environment for the benefit of our tamariki and kaiako so huge thanks to Devonport – Takapuna Local Board for enabling the purchase of the mats.”

If your centre would like to thank a funder, please email me on [email protected] Stories may also feature on the Playcentre Aotearoa Facebook page and in The Little Villager.


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]

Playcentres can sign up for a Tonic Magazine subscription. The usual cost for one organisation is $99 and includes:

· 4 x issues (February, May, August and November)

· 48 Issues of Tonic Club email newsletter

· 10% discount of any workshops (for anyone in the organisation)

· Free funding wallplanner in the November issue)


If a few centres would like to subscribe they can offer a bulk discount:

· 2-5 centres subscribing: $84.10 per subscription (15% discount)

· 6-9 centres subscribing: $79.20 per sub (20% discount)

· 10+ centres subscribing: $69.30 per sub (30% discount)


They normally only offer these rates if they can ship the magazines in bulk to one address, but for Playcentre, they’re happy to offer the bulk rates and send the magazines out to each individual centre who subscribes.

If any centres are interested, please email me on [email protected] by Friday 22 October with your centre’s name, postal address for the centre and an email address for the invoice from Exult. Once I know how many centres are interested, I can let you know how big a discount you can get.


Centres can access a 10% discount off retail rates on Red Cross Essential (6402, 6401), Comprehensive (6402, 6401, 6400) and Revalidation courses. 6402 and 6401 are the NZQA unit standards needed by MoE. Additional courses, online learning and exclusive courses can be provided on request. Exclusive courses are for a minimum of 10 participants and maximum of 18 per class.


Course Standard Rate per participant (ex GST) Playcentre Rate per participant (ex GST)

Essential First Aid $143.48 $129.13

Comprehensive First Aid $204.35 $183.92

First Aid Revalidation $117.39 $109.57


If a centre member needs to complete first aid training, we would encourage you to consider using Red Cross.

Ecostore continue to honour the special arrangement with Playcentre whereby they make their products available to Playcentre at wholesale.

The wholesale rates especially for bulk sizes are a lot cheaper than the regular retail prices for Ecostore products so Centres are guaranteed a good deal.


Ecostore usually require an order minimum of $200 for wholesale orders and charge freight to deliver the products to wholesale customers.

Under their special Playcentre offer, the minimum order amount is reduced to $75 (very achievable) and they deliver the products to the Centre freight free nationwide.


Please note that they do require orders in full carton quantities if Centres are ordering our retail size products. This means you can’t just order one bottle of hand wash 425ml for example, but will have to take a whole box of 3 bottles.

This does NOT apply to the commercial 5L and 20L sizes which can be ordered as individual bottles.


To place a wholesale order centres will need to email their customer service team directly ([email protected]) – an online portal is being developed.


To become a wholesale customer of Ecostore, all the Centre has to do is contact our customer service team ([email protected]), complete the account application and then ensure that your order volume meets the $75 per order threshold. EASY!


Discounted rates for their reusable cups are available for Playcentres at $8.50 + GST per cup. In order to receive the discount, email Fiona McAllister (Office Manager) at [email protected] 04 282 0494

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]