What we do

Eastern & Central Community Trust’s vision is to help build stronger, more sustainable communities. We do this through a range of initiatives, from funding grants to helping with collaboration and capacity building, and opening up networking opportunities to organisations of all sizes.


Our work is inter-generational and our funds are invested in perpetuity – which means we plan to be here for a very long time. We carefully manage our investment funds to ensure we have the money to give out grants each year. We want to work on helping with short and long-term solutions for our communities, and we will also make sure that, over time, we give fairly across all of our regions.


Our region

Eastern & Central Community Trust’s region stems from its origins as a savings bank (there are more details in our history). It serves the areas of the following local authorities: Gisborne District, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay, Tararua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Masterton, Carterton, and South Wairarapa.