The Free Store is only possible because of collaboration and partnership.


We have been fortunate enough over the years to have a range of funders acknowledge the good work we do through the provision of financial grants. These funds have been critical in ensuring the long-term sustainability of The Free Store. We're so grateful for their continual support because they have strengthened and grown us.


J R McKEnzie Trust

This group has a long, proud history of helping organisations build stronger communities. They support many different initiatives focused on creating a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa. We have been blessed with three years of funding from the J R McKenzie Trust that will help us to meet immediate food needs in the community and contribute to social change conversations.


Lottery grants board

This fund is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and given to innovative organisations meeting community needs. The Free Store has been granted funding to support its objectives of providing immediate support for those at-risk or disadvantaged, capacity building through volunteering and social change through advocacy.


nikau foundation

This community foundation specifically supports organisations in the wider Wellington region who are building healthy, resilient and self-sustaining communities. The Free Store was awarded funding for the 2016 period through the Tindall Foundation, a fund that is managed by Nikau Foundation. This funded our store supplies ensuring that we had the basics covered.



This unique Trust supports communities to grow resilience, connectedness, well-being and sustainability. We received funding to invest in our most important asset: our volunteers. We were able to shout coffees at team meetings and host an annual thank-you dinner for our most committed team members. It is truly a blessing to be able to invest in those people that make The Free Store possible!