WTMF refreshed for 2018

We’ve refreshed the criteria and application form resulting in a few minor enhancements for WTMF.

In its eight years WTMF has granted over $2.8M in support of collaborations and mergers around New Zealand. Initially designed to assist non-profits respond to the Global Financial Crisis it has continued to help make collaborations easier. Of course times change.

The WTMF Committee decided to refresh the Fund and consider how to best increase its focus on sustainable collaborations which generate long term improvements or efficiencies in services. With greater acceptance of collaboration as a way of working among both Funders and community organisations, we had to ask if the WTMF purpose was still relevant.

It is agreed a dedicated fund, focused on enabling high quality collaborations, is undoubtedly in demand. WTMF has a great deal of awareness and experience of the complexities of collaborating, and we want to retain this for the benefit of non-profits. However, we also recognise the need to reduce Funder duplication, sharpen our niche and make clearer what the Fund supports.

As a result, the WTMF Committee will build on gains made since the Fund was established and adopt new ways to help take quality collaborations to greater heights. A new Purpose Statement has been agreed.

The WTMF supports collaborations and mergers that bring long-term benefits to non-profit organisations and the communities they serve.


The criteria, while not too prescriptive, reflect the Purpose and are in now in place. These may be further refined mid-2018 as we receive feedback.

To assist applicants, the WTMF Committee has agreed on its understanding of Best Practice Collaboration . These underpin the criteria. Applicants can now also access a series of FAQs to help with completing the revised application form.

If interested in applying, we encourage you to read the new criteria, our understanding of Best Practice Collaboration and the FAQs. If you have any comments on these changes, please email them to bedemartin@xtra.co.nz