People often say it’s worth taking the road less travelled, but they don’t often mention who builds it.
In New Zealand, many trails worth taking are built thanks to the long hours put in by volunteers and those who support their efforts financially. However, taking a person or company’s desire to support trail building, and turning it into something concrete (or in this case, dirt) isn’t always the most straight forward process.
This is why Trail Fund NZ was created. We are a not-for-profit organisation, run solely by volunteers, supporting the development and maintenance of publicly available, environmentally sensitive and sustainable mountain bike-accessible trails in New Zealand.
Founded in 2012, Trail Fund NZ distributes grants to volunteer-led projects across the country. From Southland to Auckland, mountain bike clubs are getting help from Trail Fund NZ for the projects that are close to their heart and their homes.
Note: The main sectors, activities and beneficiaries are bolded.
Makes grants to organisations (including schools or other charities)
Acts as an umbrella / resource body, Provides advice / information / advocacy, Provides human resources (e.g. staff / volunteers)
Sport / recreation
Health, Environment / conservation, Fund-raising, Promotion of volunteering
Children / young people, Voluntary bodies other than charities
Incorporated society with charitable status. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. A management Committee consist of a chairperson, secretary, treasurer and 3- 4 general committee members with various responsibilities. An Advisory Board of 5-7 members reviews grant applications and recommends to the management committee which should be funded.
Annual Returns are due within 6 months of a charity’s balance date (financial year-end), or a longer period if an extension has been granted.
Here is a list of all the details changed by the charity, for example adding or removing officers, amending rules, changing balance dates or updating address details.