Latest News

August 12th 2020

Alert level 3 office closure

In line with today’s Covid 19 Level 3 announcement, our Auckland Anzac Avenue office will be closed as of 12:00 pm today until further notice. All staff will be available during standard office hours to assist with any inquiries.

If you do require any assistance or wish to speak to a grants advisor please call TLF on 0800 802 908 or Contact US.

June 22nd 2020

Grant Applications Open

The Lion Foundation is once again pleased to welcome applications for funding.

Before you apply please be sure to check our criteria.

June 15th 2020

Press Release

The Lion Foundation continues to fund throughout Covid 19. Click here to read more.

June 11th 2020

Bye Bye Covid-19

Level 1 is here and The Lion Foundation venues are operating at full capacity once again. This is great news. We anticipate we will be able to open up to new applications again in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our web site or our Facebook page as they will be updated as soon as the change is made.

May 27th 2020

Venues re-open

We are pleased that under level 2, Lion Foundation venues have re-opened. The venues are ensuring social distancing and are in line with government regulations. Whilst venues have re-opened, we remain closed to applications until further notice. For the latest updates and for when we will open for grants please follow our Facebook Page.

April 16th 2020

The Lion Foundation backs charities with $2.4m

With the Covid 19 lockdown in place The Lion Foundation’s venues are unable to generate community funds. With this in mind all March applications were re assessed. Whilst we weren’t able to fund everyone who applied, we are proud that we supported 129 organisations through this difficult time.

March 26th 2020

Update for Charities: Covid 19

As a result of the current COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, which has forced the closure of all cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants in New Zealand, the Lion Foundation is currently unable to generate community funding.

Given this unique situation, the Trustees of The Lion Foundation have taken the difficult decision that all current grant award considerations will be temporarily suspended whilst we refine our grants policy at this difficult time.


  1. You applied for March 2020: Please wait for advice via our social media and or website.
  2. You have already applied for April 2020: your application will be on hold.
  3. You are thinking of applying: please do not as we are currently unable to process any new applications at this time.

Please stay in touch via our website and Facebook page:

If you require any further assistance or want to speak to a grants advisor please call TLF on 0800 802 908 or Contact US.

March 23rd 2020

Office Closure: Covid 19

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday 21 March, we will join other New Zealand businesses to play our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. This means that from Tuesday 24 March our office will be closed. 

All staff, with the exception of critical skeleton teams, will be working from home. It will otherwise be business-as-usual and this will not impact the services we provide to you. Our teams have IT equipment to enable them to work remotely, access our systems and continue to have calls and meetings (online).

If you have any questions please contact us on 0800 802 908 or Contact Us.

March 20th 2020

Grant recipients: Covid 19

To all our wonderful grant recipients.

In relation to Covid 19, if you have any concerns or questions regarding your award please contact the Grants Team on: 0800 802 908 or Contact Us.


Tom and The Grants team at The Lion Foundation