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The Catholic Caring Foundation cares for local families and communities who struggle with the effects of poverty. We have granted over $12 million since we began in 1988 and demand for our grants continues to grow.

A monthly donation will help families living in poverty. 

New Deadline for Grant Applications, 2017 
Grant Applications for 2017 open until Monday, April 24th, 2017

Please submit your grant application to the Foundation by April the 24th, 2017. Please note the new date.
Application forms are available to download from our grants page.



Q & A with Darragh O’Riordan, Catholic Caring Foundation


The New Zealand Bishops Conference is The Tindall Foundation Faith Funding Manager for the Catholic Church. We bulk fund the Bishops Conference to distribute money nationally on our behalf to six diocese across the country.

The Catholic Caring Foundation is one of the six and it distributes funds throughout the Auckland Dioceses to those who need it the most. Here we chat to the Foundation’s General Manager, Darragh O’Riordan, about her role and Funding Manager relationship.

Please click on this link to read the full Q & A.


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More Agencies Applying for Grants from the Foundation, May, 2016

The Catholic Caring Foundation has received an unprecedented number of applications from community agencies seeking funding for their work with the homeless, refugees, families suffering from issues of violence, hunger, and addictions as well as other critical social services within the Auckland diocese.

“The Caring Foundation is witnessing applications from groups who may not be receiving funding from other sources, and are applying for money to cover their increasing operational costs,” says General Manager, Darragh O’Riordan. “Residential accommodation is not the only rental increase we are being made aware of and while in the recession, charities were often given premises at low rates, they are now having to compete with commercial rents which makes it very hard for them to cover the costs of their services to community.”

The Catholic Caring Foundation receives applications for funding from charities operating in areas of high need such as the Far North, South Auckland and Glenn Innes.  An independent grants committee assesses the applications, and grants are awarded to successful applicants who are assisting families out of poverty. These services do not have to have a religious affiliation.

The Foundation supports smaller agencies that may not be receiving funding from other larger sources.  A maximum of $15,000 can be applied for and while this is not considered a large amount of money by some it can make a fundamental and significant impact on the ability of the small agencies to stay afloat.

The grants committee met on Friday 20 May to determine the successful recipients of the 2016 funding round, who will be advised shortly. 


Read our latest newsletter for Summer, 2017

Our latest newsletter is out now! Please click the newsletter to find out more about the issues facing families and the community after the devastating November earthquakes and aftershocks and how the Auckland diocese earthquake appeal has raised over $67, 000! Read a story about how a Good Samaritan reached out to an asylum-seeking family so they could get the help they desperately needed, and how you can leave  a gift in your Will of hope and care to future generations through the Catholic Caring Foundation. 

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Winners of our Bishop’s Bake Christmas Cakes Prize-Draw 

Our thanks to everyone who purchased Christmas cakes and goodies.
And congratulations to our three lucky winners who will each receive a gourmet Easter hamper donated by Aotea Baking.

Lynne Hill, Bruce Wilson and Bruce Cullington are our prize-draw winners.



Thank you for your support of our Annual Caring Sunday Appeal, 2016, July 24th

A donation to the Foundation on Caring Sunday, July 24th will help provide support and care for families struggling with poverty in our community. Your donation will support over 50 community organisations who provide a safe refuge for women and children, emergency housing, support of at risk-youth and  so much more. Thank you! Read more »

Ways to Support the Foundation

In addition to donations, there are a variety of ways in which you can help the Foundation. Read more »