Perpetual Guardian Head Office

Perpetual Guardian Head Office




Belfast Community Trust


John William Powell was born on 10 January 1947 in England and immigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand with his mother, father and brother at 6 years of age.

He was raised in modest conditions to which a solid hard work ethic was instilled.  Education was seen to be a privilege and something that the family invested in above all other worldly assets. 

At the age of 18, John’s father, who was a Christchurch fireman, suffered a fatal heart attack whilst attending a fire.  As his family were unable to provide for a university education, John secured employment to financially support his family allowing his brother to complete school.

As a successful businessman in construction and property development, he is a self-made millionaire, a visionary and a generous philanthropist of millions.  His upbringing and sporting career resonates in his vision to support and facilitate education, health care facilities, low income housing in Belfast, Christchurch and the community in Belfast, Christchurch.


Funding Objectives and Guidelines

The Belfast Community Trust Fund was established in 2005 for the benefit of the Belfast Residents and its rapidly growing community.


The trustees exercise their discretion to pay income and the use of assets, from the fund for the benefit of person’s bodies or charitable organisations in Belfast for the purpose as follows:

  • Betterment and development of Belfast.
  • The fostering and furthering of education and educational facilities.
  • Supporting and promoting our local community culture.
  • Making quality health care facilities accessible and affordable to the residents.
  • Providing low income homes for those in need.


The Trust does not fund the following items:

  • Wages and salaries for charitable community organisations staff and contractors.
  • Uniform donations for local sports clubs.
  • Distributions of funds to which funding would be available from other organisations e.g. Department of Education or Christchurch City Council.
  • Activity benefiting residents outside of Belfast


Message from the Trustees

The trustees continue to work hard building the trust fund to ensure sustainability for many future generations of Belfast Residents to come.  We encourage and support likeminded community groups and organisations who wish to take advantage of any contribution sought from the Belfast Community Trust and turn it into something even greater than what was applied for. 

For example, you may request funds for payment for wool so your organisation can make and sell scarfs for a profit to put back into your group, or an event promotion for a concert or fun run where you charge entry fees.  How about an open movie night?    Make a “little” go a long way and impress us!


Funding Amount and Time Frames

  • Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed annually. The next granting cycle will be from Monday 18th November 2019 to Friday 13th December 2019.
  • Outcomes are expected to be confirmed by the end of January 2020.
  • The amount to be distributed this year is approximately $20,000.
  • All applications must be completed online.
  • The length of the assessment process is dependent on the volume of applications and all applicants are notified of the decision. During the assessment period, trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.


Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on one of the following grant buttons to start your application.
Please ensure you select the correct button pertaining to the amount you are requesting, i.e.
The < $15,000 button is for amounts below $15,000.
The $15,000 + button is for amounts of $15,000 and above.

Belfast up to $15,000 B
Belfast $15,000 + B

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