Education Fund

Grants up to $500 are available to people over 25 years of age who wish to further their training or education in order to improve their skills. Applicants will need to indicate the benefit of their study to the wider community in addition to their personal development. Preference will be given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas. The course to be undertaken must be offered by a recognised education provider.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications Close: Ongoing – applications due 1 March and 1 July
Value: Up to $500 – no set amount given

Community Fund

A fund to provide help to persons or groups. To assist families in time of natural disaster, to assist the elderly, the young or any family or person for their particular need related to this described circumstance.

Eligibility criteria: Applications by RWNZ members only, but may be made on behalf of another person or group.
Applications Considered: At each RWNZ Board meeting. In matters of urgency the President and Finance Chair in consultation may make an immediate grant.
Value:  Up to $1,000 per grant

Hunterville/Ruahine Mobile Kindergarten Grant

Grants are primarily directed towards community based co-operative play groups for vulnerable and remotely located children in rural Hunterville and Ruahine areas, i.e.
•    Children with limited access to regular groups,
•    Groups in the above area that do not have funding for an early childhood educator.
Applicants may be accepted from play groups outside the Hunterville/Ruahine catchment where it can be shown the additional resources will help a child with special needs.

Value:  Two grants of up to $1500 will be made each year. A group may apply more than once. Payments will be made in April.

Region 5 (Rimanui) RWNZ Norma Evans Second Chance Education Award

Award to encourage women wishing to advance in the workforce by obtaining qualifications enabling them to secure career opportunities and independence. 


  • You must be a New Zealand citizen to apply for this scholarship.
  • You must be female and over the age of 20 years at the time of application.
  • You must live in the Coromandel, Thames, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne or Central Plateau regions.

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant will need to provide a profile outlining their past achievements, proposed study programme, educational goals and their long term objectives.
  • The applicant will be required to list two referees.
  • The applicant may be required to attend an interview.

Applications Close: 10th February each year

Tararua Provincial Education Grant

Tararua Provincial Rural Women New Zealand offers a one-year Tertiary book or resource grant to assist tertiary students who are New Zealand citizens and resident in the Tararua or Central Hawkes Bay area.
Application form is to be supported by the following:

  • A letter written by the applicant outlining the course of study, the reasons for requiring financial assistance, and desired vocation at the completion of study.
  • A character reference from someone other than a family member.
  • Copies of the most recent exam grades and qualifications. If not applicable, life skills acquired.
  • A character reference from a responsible member of Rural Women New Zealand concerning the circumstances of the family and the need for assistance for the applicant’s education

Applications close 1 March. 

Miss Harris Tertiary Nursing Bursary

RWNZ wishes to offer people the opportunity to extend their education.  A bursary of $1000 will be awarded biennually in even years from 2014.


  • Study/course is nursing related
  • Commitment to study
  • Study/course is at approved tertiary institution
  • Application form criteria adhered to with all supporting data
  • Future career prospects in rural health
  • An interest in the rural community
  • Preference will be given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand resident.

Applications close: 1 July 

Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Grant

Grants are primarily directed towards individuals, groups and organisations in country areas and rural towns. Grants are made for projects and activities in the following categories: children, care, elderly, community, conservation, counselling, education, up to a maximum grant of $1,500.

Applications close: 31 December
Value:  $1,500

Tertiary Bursary

A one-year bursary available to tertiary students. Financial need, the reasons for the course of study and the intended use of the qualification are considered when awarding the bursary.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March each year
$1,000 for one year (max 2)

Text Book Grant For Tertiary Students

This is a one off grant available to tertiary students to assist with the purchase of resource materials, including software.

Eligibility Criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March each year
$500 for one year (max 5)

Diamond Jubilee Agricultural Tertiary Bursary

one-year bursary available to students undertaking a full-time course of at least one year in an agricultural subject.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
  $1,000 for one year

Florence Polson One Year Secondary Bursary

one-year bursary available to secondary students.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
$1,000 for one year

Year 12 & 13 Boarding Bursaries

one-year bursary available to Year 12 and 13 students.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value: Up to
  $900 for one year only


Secondary School Boarding Bursary

The bursary is payable for a maximum of four years and may be applied for by children entering either years 9 or 10 (3rd or 4th form) who have to live away from home in order to attend secondary school.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value:Up to $900/yr for up to 4 years (2)

Audrey Reid Grant

Grant of $600 for people over 25 years of age who wish to focus on subjects that will benefit rural, for example midwifery or agriculture/horticulture.

Eligibility criteria:  NZ citizens only
Applications Close: 
 30 October
Value: Up to $600

Ruby Stokes Grant

A grant for students whose study will benefit the wider community in addition to their personal development.
Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens who reside in smaller or rural areas on the West Coast  (applications from South Island residents preferred)
Applications Close: 1 July
  $500 Bi-annually