How it works

The Trusts gave back one million dollars to community groups all over West Auckland.

During the initial 2-month application phase The Trusts received hundreds of entries. Then, a handpicked selection of West Aucklanders chose the most deserving groups.

The community of West Auckland voted for their favourite community group or cause to help them reach their funding targets.

Applications open
2 October 2017
Applications close
1 December 2017
Review & selection begins
2 December 2017
Review & selection ends
11 February 2018
Finalists Announced
12 February 2018
Voting opens
1 March 2018

Previous Recipients

See how previous recipients of Million Dollar Mission funding used the money they received to help the community. Read more about the community organisations we've helped here.


Frequently Asked Questions

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 about The Trusts.

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. 

What type of things can I apply for?

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

When do applications close?

Applications must be received on or before 5pm on Friday the 1st of December 2017.

Who will be reviewing my application?

The review panel will consist of a selection of Elected Members and/or independent people The Trusts may appoint.

How will I know if my application is successful?

Successful applicants will receive an email on or before Monday the 12 February 2018.

When does voting take place?

Voting opens on 1 March 2018.

How many times can I vote?

As many times as you like. Everyone gets one vote each day from Wednesday 1 March 2018.

Can my friends vote?

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

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.

When will I receive my funding?

The Trusts will present you with a cheque before the end of May 2018.

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.

Can I apply for funding if my organisation was a recipient of funding in the last Million Dollar Mission?

Yes, but not for the same project.