Asia New Zeland Foundation

Asia New Zealand Foundation business grants support organisations leading projects that provide New Zealanders with opportunities to learn from the region’s business leaders, and build relationships in Asia.

What types of events do business grants support?:In the past, the Asia New Zealand Foundation has supplied grants to support both networking events open to the general public and invitation-only events held for the benefit of select senior business audiences.

Grants are intended to cover costs associated with bringing speakers to New Zealand. Business grants can not be used to cover standard event managment costs such as administration, venue and equipment hire or catering costs.

In the case of constituency-building events overseas, grants may be extended as a contribution to a pool of funds.

What types of organisations can apply for grants?

Business grants are awarded to organisations that are able to deliver high-quality learning and networking opportunities. They are not intended to fund business development activities by commercial entities.

Eligible applicants include:

Asia-related business councils
public tertiary institutions
business events that create Asia-related learning and networking opportunities
business support organisations engaged in developing relationships with business counterparts in Asia that are of benefit to a wide range of industries in New Zealand.

Organisations not eligible to apply for grants include:

private-sector entities primarily engaged in for-profit commercial activities
individuals seeking to cover costs of travelling overseas to meetings, conferences or trade fairs
diplomatic missions or trade offices.
Grant value

Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000. Typically, higher-value grants are awarded to organisations holding events offshore that involve audiences of around 100 or more.

When to apply

Grant deadlines relate to the financial year. Applications for:

projects held in July to December are due by 31 May
projects held in January to June are due by 30 November.

How to apply

Save the application form below to your computer and then complete all sections.

Grant application form including guidelines (interactive PDF – 1.3MB (Note: You’ll need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete this form: Download free software Adobe Reader)
Use the checklist at the end of the form to make sure you have provided all the required documents.

Email your application form to James Penn.

Post to:
James Penn
Director, Business
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 105-134
Auckland, 1143

Deliver or courier to:
James Penn
Director, Business
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Level 6, DLA Piper Tower
205 Queen Street
Auckland City

Applications must reach us by 5pm on the deadline day.


The Asia New Zealand Foundation should have branding opportunities at events supported by business grants. These opportunities would include:

the Asia New Zealand Foundation logo and references to it included in event collateral
Asia New Zealand Foundation banners on display at events
Asia New Zealand Foundation executive-level managers or trustees included in the programme of speakers.

Form more information, please email our director, business James Penn or call him on +64 09 368 1435.

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