The Sutherland Self Help Trust was conceived in 1941 by Arthur Sutherland, son of Ben Sutherland. The Sutherlands owned and managed New Zealand’s first major chain of grocery stores – the Self Help Co-op – and it was their wish to create a trust fund to further community welfare in New Zealand.

The Sutherland family donated property to form the capital for the Trust. After a period of 20 years the income generated by this capital was distributed to causes judged worthy by a Board of Trustees.

Patricia-McGavin-cutting-ribbon-with-John-Sutherland,-Jackie-Johnson-supporting,-Copeland-St-29Jan2013-030The board of trustees is made up of two Sutherland Family appointments, and one appointment each from the Law Society, Medical Council and The Institute of Chartered Accountants.

The first distribution was made in 1962. In that year $41,360 was distributed to 17 organisations. Since then over $28 million has been distributed.

Today, the Sutherland Self Help Trust provides grants to community organisations throughout New Zealand. Its current policy specifies the areas of interest for each year.

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2020 Funding Objective

The Trustees of the Sutherland Self Help Trust Board advise that 2020 funding will be made to organisations which;

“assist young people with long term health conditions including physical, mental and intellectual disabilities”.

Funding Context

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a major developmental challenge for everyone. Research indicates that young people with long term health conditions experience major disruption as they mature to adulthood.

Along with the physical challenges they encounter, young people with long term health conditions are more likely than other young people to suffer from low self-esteem, have gaps in their education, employment and relationship experiences, have fewer protective factors and greater risk behaviours.

If your organisation has a project that may assist young people with long term health conditions, please apply.

A research study can be found at

How to Apply

Organisations are asked to submit a single-page summary of their specific project and organisation details before 31st January 2020.  Organisations selected by the Trustees will then be asked for further information about their project & asked to submit an online application in March 2020.

Projects eligible for consideration include buildings, equipment, & other capital expenditure.

Funding will not include operating expenses, salaries, research, vehicle operation and administration costs.  Grants will be made only to charitable organisations (not individuals) and are for use only in New Zealand. We will focus on funding between $10,000 and $50,000 for each organisation.

Funding will be distributed from June 2020.

Please submit your project summary by 31st January 2020 to;

Do not post your summary please use the online process.

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