Grant applications

In 2012 we formed the NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust ((registration #2566732) and in July 2013 we became a registered charity (registration number  CC49344). 

Our non-profit Charitable Trust ascertains to promote, through it’s annual mountain film festival, healthy and active lifestyles, encourage youth to make small safe adventures in the outdoors, to inspire people to reach their full potential, to work cooperatively with others in the youth development area, to help people with disabilities get into outdoor activities and to promote NZ arts, film, culture, environment and outdoor lifestyles. 

The Festival hosts an auction of donated goods, then give away the money raised.

Sadly we will not have an auction in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

We gave away $9,000 in 2019! 

We suggest you apply for between $500 and $1,000.

We have a grant scheme for three different causes we believe in so applications MUST fit one of these criteria!! :

  1. Fund youth (18 years and under) in adventure film making courses and/or adventure skills training,
  2. Financially support local environmental projects like river cleanups, native tree re-planting and other similar projects,
  3. Assist with funding people with disabilities to buy specialist sporting equipment.

 

If you’d like to apply please email or write to us before the deadline on August 30 via letter to: NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust Board of Trustees, P.O.Box 563, Wanaka 9343 or via email: info@mountainfilm.nz.

Please explain in one page what you’d like the money for, how much is the total project costing and how much do you need from us? You also need to include a bank deposit form for you or your organisation.

Applications for funding open on July 1, 2021 and close on August 30. 

During the 2018 NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival in Wanaka and Queenstown $4,195 was raised for our charitable causes. The Charitable Trust and registered charity that operates the Festival gives away money from this auction (as well as some funds from it’s National Tour) to three causes; funding youth in adventure skills training; support local environmental projects; and assist people with disabilities to buy specialist sporting equipment.

This year the Board of Trustees awarded funds to nine people/groups. 

First up was some outrigger skis for Kyle, a 10 years old with a disorder called the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (a degenerative nerve disease that affects both motor and sensory nerves). Because of this, Kyle uses a crutch to help him walk, and outriggers when he skis ($750).

Gemma Fletcher received $2,000 towards her new Hydra Sit-Ski. Gemma is campaigning towards the next Winter Paralympics as the first woman from NZ ever to compete. Jason Reid received $600 for Running on the Spectrum which helps kids with Autism into a running program and supplying them with new running shoes. The money with help 10 kids lives in the running program.

Kahu Youth – Youth versus Wild programme ($1,610). The programme encourages and supports young people to develop survival skills, confidence and self esteem. The activities include whitewater rafting, navigation, shelter building, knots, survival in the wild, ration packs, traps, snares, pack, layering, and environmental care. The project will run over six weeks and directly benefit 8 young people.

Makarora Trapping Group received support for a predator trapping program in an area around Makarora within Mt Aspiring National Park. Since 1997 the group has been working with DOC and has now built, set out, and currently maintain over 400 traps. There is a range of trap types installed, some which use rabbit and egg baits which are attractive to stoats, and others which are self-re-setting traps designed to catch rats and possums.

Nick Mannix received $800 for a FreeWheel (a single large pneumatic castor that after attaching to a footplate of a wheelchair), allowing the user to easily cross rough ground that would otherwise be impossible.

Funds went to POET, a Hamilton based group that equips low decile secondary schools to facilitate the delivery of outdoor education experiences for students by building capability and sustainability in the school through professional development, mentoring of teachers and direct funding to ensure no student is excluded through a lack of financial means.

Youth versus Wild Programme