Sunrise supports charities and community organisations that have a charitable purpose in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne (the area covered by the Gisborne District Council).

Since we launched in 2014 we have awarded grants with a total value of $1,338,500 to worthy causes across the arts, education, environment, health, social services and sports communities in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne.

Read more about who we've helped.

When you can apply 

We do one funding round per annum, applications for 2023 will open on 1 June and close on 18th July 2023. Applications will be notified by 28th September and Grants paid by 26th October 2023. 

Details & application forms will be available in early 2023.

TindallWe are proud to partner with and grant on behalf of The Tindall Foundation.


Who can apply

Eligibility and funding priorities are decided each year by the Sunrise Grants Committee and set out in our funding policy. 

Sunrise Funding Policy 2023

Sunrise Application Form 2023

Download Application form in word format

Grants committee

  The Sunrise Grants Committee l-r Leslynne Jackson, Stephen Thomson, Natasha Ashworth and Richard Briant (inset) - Chair.

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