Trust calls for grant applications
After a hiatus of some months, the New Zealand Fruitgrowers’ Charitable Trust is back in the business of offering financial grants to the industry. The trust makes grants to assist projects and organisations that benefit the fruit growing industry. But in order to give the grants, the trust needs applications.The trustees consider grant applications in March and September each year.
The trust’s main asset is the Huddart Parker Building in Wellington. This has recently been strengthened to 100% of the building code and is now, once again, fully tenanted. With more than $1 million a year (net) coming into the coffers the trust, while at the same time diversifying its investment portfolio, is very much back into grant mode.
“We currently budget to give around half in grants and the other half goes into new investments such as shares,” says the trust’s executive officer Keith Mackenzie.
“We are not sure everyone knows we are back in business [the renovation of the building took the trust offline for a short time] but we do have funds available for grants and grant applications are on the increase.”
Since Keith took over as executive officer just over a year ago, the trust has been busy giving itself a sharp new look with a new logo; the implementation of internet banking and a new accounting system through Xero. Provided they have internet access the trustees can now see what is happening any time they want from anywhere in the world.
Keith is an accountant with a lifetime of experience with many industries. These include a French computing company, a firm of consulting engineers and architects and Manchester Unity, a friendly society. He had retired into landscaping around his home but his “wife was sick of having me around the house all day and found me this job” he laughs.
He is the first port of call for all trust matters, including issues to do with the Huddart Parker Building when the building managers have any questions or need approvals on building matters.
Keith Mackenzie: First port of call for all enquiries to the NZ Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust.
The new logo of the NZ Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust. It represents the keystones of the New Zealand fruit growing industry.