NFD Trust

The NFD Trust has a specific role to play in the sector.  They ensure that grants and scholarships are available for all people who are deaf and hard of hearing to apply for.

The hearing able who work in the deaf and hard of hearing sector can also apply for some grants. Please check the criteria.

The National Foundation for the Deaf Inc. and The NFD Trust are two separate legal entities.

The National Foundation for the Deaf Inc. provides secretariat services to The NFD Trust.

Trustees meet twice a year to decide how to distribute the funds among the many applicants for scholarships, training and projects. A key part of the trustees’ role is to distribute funds in a way that meets the wishes of the donors.

Trustees: Professor Peter Thorne (Chair), Margaret Cooper, Max Clark, Lesley Goodey.

The funds are managed by the Perpetual Guardian Trust.

NFD Trust scholarships and grants

The NFD Trust supports many activities and causes, including scholarships, training and development grants.

We have several scholarships and grants available every year. Many of our grants are for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. But we also have some funding available for people who work in hearing-related areas.

Closing dates: 31 March and 30 September

Are you eligible?

Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents can receive NFD Trust scholarships or grants.

You may apply for any number of these grants, but only one will be awarded per applicant.

You must submit ALL supporting documents required, along with your fully completed application form by the close-off date, or your application will NOT be considered.

To submit your documents, upload them on our Contact us page.

Supporting documents required

  • 1.

    If you have a hearing loss, an audiogram report or official letter from physician or audiologist.

  • 2.

    In the case of an Auditory Processing Disorder, an official letter from physician or audiologist confirming a diagnosis of APD.

  • 3.

    Minimum of 2 recent signed references (issued within the last 12 months) in support of applicant (requests by applicant to email or phone the referees not accepted).

  • 4.

    Course outline or quotations/invoices/receipts.

  • 5.

    Summary of qualifications held and record of learning (where application is for tertiary study).

  • 6.

    Accountability report for ANY previous funding received from the NFD Trust.

  • 7.

    ORIGINAL Pre-printed bank deposit slip or bank statement showing the official name and account number of applicant (handwritten copies not accepted) which has been officially date stamped and signed by bank staff.

  • 8.

    *N.B. for legal reasons, this original evidence of bank account information MUST be posted in to our PO box, no scans or photocopies will be accepted.