How it works

The Trusts are giving another $1m to community groups with West Auckland projects. Whether your project is big or small, you can apply for funding through the Million Dollar Mission website. Applications are open until the 27th of September 2019 at 5pm.

A selection panel consisting of elected members from Waitakere and Portage Licensing Trusts plus independent well known members of our community choose the projects they think will have the biggest impact on their communities.

The selected projects are presented to the community of West Auckland, who vote for their favourite projects. You can vote once per day and each vote is worth $5 of The Trusts funding to the chosen recipient. Voting continues until one million dollars of funding is allocated across the different projects. 

Check out the key dates below.

Applications open
19 August 2019
Applications close
27 September 2019 5pm
Review & selection starts
28 September 2019
Review & selection ends
11 October 2019
Finalists announced
14 October 2019
Voting opens
22 October 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 about The Trusts.

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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. 

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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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When do applications close?

Applications must be received on or before 5pm on Friday the 27th of September 2019.

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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.

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How will I know if my application is successful?

Successful applicants will receive an email on or before Monday the 14 October 2019.

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When does voting take place?

Voting opens on 22 October 2019.

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How many times can I vote?

As many times as you like. Everyone gets one vote each day from Tuesday 22 October 2019.

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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 December 2019.

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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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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.