RUAPEHU-MANAWATU DISTRICT MASONIC TRUST
In 1993 due to changing times a group of Freemasons in the Ruapehu-Manawatu Districts identified that people in the younger society were exposed to more opportunities and challenges to help develop their character and encouraged them to strive for better and improved life-skills. This group of Freemasons decided to form a Trust for the sole purpose of financially assisting those youth who would not otherwise have the means to do so themselves, therefore missing out on potential opportunities.
Who Can Apply for a Trust Grant?
Any person under the age of 25 years.
The Applicant must reside in the Wanganui, Palmerston North regions including the Waimarino, Taihape and Rangitikei areas.
The activity that the grant is being applied for must be conducted in New Zealand.
Grants must be applied for by individuals (Group and Club applications have the possibility of being unsuccessful or rate a lower priority)
What Type of Application will the Trust Fund and Support?
To enhance and improve people's goals in the following areas:
Cultural, educational, emotional, social, economic and physical improvement and welfare of an individual
To alleviate distress and assist in the maintenance and improvement of the quality of life of persons in reduced or underprivileged circumstances
To promote conduct and assist research into the causes of and remedies for ills whether of a physical, economic or emotional nature which may affect society generally or particular individuals
To promote educational learning and research in the following - the arts; sporting and recreational facilities in the interest of social welfare and for the public benefit
The Trustees will discuss each application on the points that are stated above
The Trustees will be the sole judge of their decisions. Any further discussion of an application with the associated applicant will be entered into solely at the Trustee's discretion
No previous application approved by the Trust will act as a precedent for future applicants, irrespective of whether that applicant has been successful in gaining a grant in the past and reapplying for further funding for the same cause
An Application will take up to 3 weeks upon being received to be processed
Every applicant will be informed by a Trustee within twelve hours of a Trust Meeting convening
It will be at the discretion of the Trustees whether the full amount of the funding requested by an applicant be granted or a lesser portion.
How will my Application be decided and how long will it take?
Each application will be decided on its own merits, sincerity and other information provided by the applicant that demonstrates his/her commitment to their past or other acceptable ambitions.
The Trust Today
Today the Trust has grown its capital substantially from when it was first formed, through various investments and generous donations from a number of organisations and societies, while at the same time consistently making numerous grants throughout the community from the proceeds of its capital. However due to the increased public recognition of the Trust and the growing needs of the community requesting more and larger distributions the Trust needs to continue to grow its capital in order to fulfil these requests.
If you know of someone or an organisation that wishes to help the community they can do so by making a donation to the Trust.
The Chairman's Report - 2012/13
This year has been very rewarding for the Youth Trust. Applications for funding have been of a very high standard, and presentation of the applicants required funding requirements portray an image for the Trustees to work with.
Only one application failed to meet our requirements as such.
Using the Privacy Act as an excuse for not giving the Trust information so as to make a judgement was disappointing, as we had granted funding in the past, which was unfortunate.
Our income for this year has been greatly appreciated and will determine the amount and level of funding for the coming year. Grateful thanks must go to our new District Grand Master, VW Bro David Johnston for his offer to assist us in the area of promotion.
And finally to the Trustees for the great co-operation in all aspects of the Trust's operation, we are indeed fortunate to have a broad cross section of skill to call on.
This all bodes well for a bright future.
Feedback from Dani Sharp - a recent recipient
My name is Dani Sharp, I am 17 and I grew up in Marton where I have lived all of my life. I attended Marton Primary followed by Rangitikei College and got heavily involved in my sports, representing both the school and the region in hockey. Once I leave school at the end of the year, my plan is to go to Wintec in Hamilton to do a Professional Cookery course where I can study to become a chef.
Furthermore I would like to travel the world as I experience all the different cullinary cultures on my way.
I have recently been on a kayaking trip down to Abel Tasman where I participated in a number of activities that tested me both mentally and physically and that was only made possible by the Masonic Lodge and the Youth Trust. I had an amazing time down there as I built new bonds and friendships with my classmates that I went with...
How to Contact the Trust
Simply email the Trust in the first instance if you wish to apply for a grant or wish to talk some more about making a donation to the Trust.
For further information, email Trust Secretary, Colin Johnson by clicking here.
The Trust is registered as a Charity CC20257, and has an exemption with IRD 58-684-627. This means that all donations and bequests above $5.00 qualify as a legitimate tax deduction.