The Rural Communities Trust was established to provide financial assistance to groups, families and individuals in small rural areas who due to their location may otherwise be disadvantaged. Much of New Zealand’s economic strength comes from the land and the success of this industry depends heavily on those people who live and work in the rural areas. However, the urban drift and other factors can rob many rural residents of the sorts of amenities and facilities urban dwellers take for granted.

The Rural Communities Trust is committed to restoring an equality of life to rural communities through funding for services and amenities. The Rural Communities Trust is based on the “helping hand” concept – helping people to help themselves. Since 1982 grants of more than $700,000 have been approved to individuals, groups, families and communities providing assistance for health, welfare, personal development, craft, sporting and community needs.


All members of the Rural Communities Trust financially contribute to the Trust annually. Without our members we would not be able to offer grants. Please help support the Rural Communities Trust by supporting our members


  • Scargill Squash Club
    Since we have had the ventilation installed, the courts have been fantastic to play on; no more wet walls. All scheduled games are now able to be played and not relocated to other clubs. The quality of squash has improved greatly. Thank you very much for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.
    Scargill Squash Club
    Assistance with the Purchase of a Ventilation System
  • Plunket Taihape
    Plunket Taihape now has a refurbished computer for Plunket Staff and Volunteers to be able to carry out their work on. This has allowed their workflows to be more efficient ensuring Plunket babies and families receive the best care and support possible.
    Plunket Taihape
    Purchase of a Refurbished Computer
  • East Coast Rugby Football Union
    I’d like to thank you very much for the donation towards mouth-guards. Your contribution meant all players registered to participate in our Junior competition received a mouth guard for their safety. We had another fantastic Junior season and thank you again for your support. Our Junior players were able to play the game they love safely.
    East Coast Rugby Football Union
    Purchase of Mouth-Guards for Junior Rugby
  • Polio NZ Inc on behalf of a member
    The most important issue for people with post-polio is to minimize stress on affected muscles. This ramp now allows our member easy access from her car into her home with her grocery shopping, wood for the fire and other tasks without trying to negotiate steps. This will prolong our members’ ability to walk and delay the necessity of a wheelchair
    Polio NZ Inc on behalf of a member
    Financial Assistance towards Building a Disability Access Ramp
  • Ohoka School Community Hall
    The Ohoka School and Community Hall is now very proud to boast its very own AED. This is available for the whole community to use and is well received by the staff and parent of the Ohoka and wider community. This is a fantastic benefit to our Sport and Events facility (School Community Hall) as it uses by a wide range of the community for sports and events throughout the year
    Ohoka School Community Hall
    Purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)




    If you would like any more information about the Rural Communities Trust, please contact:

    The Rural Communities Trust
    c/- Federated Farmers
    PO Box 447
    Hamilton 3204

    0800 327 646