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New Zealand Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust

The New Zealand Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust was set up in 1985. It was founded on the sale of 50% of the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Federation's share in commercial trading and export activities. The profit of the sale was $7 million, which was put into the Trust as its founding capital. 


Grants offered by the Trust

The Trust offers grants to the horticulture industry and are interested in applications that are focused on:

  • Education
    The Trust does not pay the tuition fees of individual students (other than through scholarships) and does not make grants to non-residents.
  • Fruit grower groups
    Except in the start-up phase, the Trust does not fund the administrative or management costs of grower groups. The Trust does not normally assist with marketing costs.
  • Generic industry issues
  • Research
    This may include export or domestic market research or specific pests or diseases. The Trust does not fund Product Group research such as plant breeding.
  • Industry People
    The Trust does not provide 100% funding and preference is given to growers where the benefits will be shared with the wider industry. The Trust will consider grants to grower welfare groups (e.g. Rural Support Trust) during hardship. Grants are not made for the betterment of individual growers.
  • Flow-on benefit for New Zealand


Application process

The trustees consider grant applications from the industry in two rounds in each financial year, in March and September. 

1/ Applications need to be made on an official form accompanied by:

  • references
    • financial information
    • other supporting information

2/ Trustees will approve or decline applications in writing
3/ An outcome report or progress report may be required

Download an application form here

Applications should be emailed to

or be posted to:

The Secretary,
NZ Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust,
PO Box 2175,


You can also contact Keith Mackenzie on (04) 494 9974 to discuss your application.


More information

History of the Trust

Annual Report 2021

Grant Priorities

Grant Application Form