Investing in communities since 1941

We support communities by providing grants to New Zealand charities in line with our annual funding objective.

Charities We've Supported

How we Help

The Sutherland Self Help Trust provides grants to community organisations throughout New Zealand.

Founded in 1941, the Sutherland Self Help Trust was established by the Sutherland Family, who pioneered New Zealand’s first chain of grocery stores, The Self Help Co-op. The pioneering spirit of The Sutherland Family saw them reject traditional trading methods and opt instead for a business model that would support the community.

This included setting up The Sutherland Self Help Trust to assist registered charities in New Zealand through Grants in order to deliver services to support the community.


2021 Funding Initiative

How to Apply

Visit our application page and submit a single-page summary of your charities specific project and organisation details before 29th January 2021.

Funding Context

COVID-19 has impacted normally resilient communities by increasing anxiety, increasing health and welfare concerns and affecting economic stability. For already marginalised community members, the impact will be felt greater. It was decided that the 2021 grant criteria would be to assist organisations in their COVID-19 response, especially in strengthening resilience in the areas of mental health and disability support.

Earl Family - SSHT 2018
Nicola Earl and her children Sadie (on the left) and Benji from New Plymouth, are clients of the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP).

The Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) was granted a generous $50,000.00 from the Sutherland Self Help Trust toward the purchase of a clinical video system. This means our clinicians now have access to equipment for teaching, to record clinic sessions that patients (and their families) can use at home. Because of SSHT our patients rehabilitation will be made that much more accessible for themselves and their families/whanau. The SSHT was approachable and great to deal with from day one. Cochlear Implant technology is complex, so having the opportunity to discuss our needs face to face with Ben from SSHT was invaluable.

Belinda Van der Monde

Fundraising Manager, Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP)

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