How it works

The Trusts have given back one million dollars to community groups and projects all over West Auckland.

During the application phase The Trusts received hundreds of entries from community groups who required funding. Then, a handpicked selection of West Aucklanders chose the most deserving groups.

The finalists were chosen and West Auckland voted for their favourite cause(s).

Applications opened
1 November 2016
Applications closed
31 January 2017
Review & selection began
1 February 2017
Review & selection ended
28 February 2017
Voting opened
1 March 2017
Voting closed
29 March 2017
Results Announced
May 2017

The final steps

The Trusts have reached their one million dollar target, and the voting stage is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated and had their say.  We are delighted with the engagement and good spirit it has created in our community.

If you’d like to receive future updates about the Million Dollar Mission sign up here.  In the meantime check out the results.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When does voting take place?

Voting opens on Wednesday 1 March 2017 and closes on Sunday the 30 April 2017, or when one million dollars is allocated.

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How many times can I vote?

As many times as you like. Everyone gets one vote each day between Wednesday 1 March and Sunday 30 April 2017,  or when one million dollars is allocated.

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Can my friends vote?

Absolutely. Encourage as many people as you can to vote for your organisation.

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How much funding will I receive?

You will receive $5 for every vote you receive in the voting phase. The maximum amount of funding you receive will be the amount entered on your application form.

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When will I receive my funding?

The Trusts will present you with a cheque before the end of May 2017.

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Where does the money come from?

The million dollars is part of The Trusts Giving Back to the West Auckland community. The money is taken directly from profits made in our retail stores and hospitality venues in West Auckland. It does not come from gaming money. Supporting The Trusts helps support West Auckland.

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Who are The Trusts?

The Trusts is a community organisation owned by the people of West Auckland. We exist to sell alcohol responsibly through our retail stores and hospitality venues and return surplus profits to the community in the form of grants, donations, sponsorships, rebates and household items. Learn more here.

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How do I contact The Trusts regarding Million Dollar Mission?

You can contact us with any questions you may have about Million Dollar Mission via our Contact Us Page.

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When do applications close?

Applications must be received on or before 11:59pm on Tuesday the 31st of January 2017.

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Who will be reviewing my application?

The review panel will consist of a selection of Elected Members

and independent people The Trusts may appoint.

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How will I know if my application is successful?

Successful applicants will receive an email on or before Wednesday 1 March 2017.

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What type of things can I apply for?

Items must be entirely relevant to your organisation, projects or purposes. 

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Can I apply for funding for items that have already been purchased or work that’s already done?

Unfortunately not, these items will be deemed “retrospective”.