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The Strathlachlan Fund


The J M McLachlan Trust was established according to the wishes of the late Isabella McLachlan outlined in her Will dated 1954 and later Deed dated 1984, and The Strathlachlan Fund was established in 2007 according to the wishes of her daughter, the late Susannah McLachlan. 

In 2014 the J M McLachlan Trust was merged into The Strathlachlan Fund in accordance with the terms of the Trust Deed, reconnecting mother and daughters philanthropic wishes to support vulnerable women. 

Both women were committed to social justice and strongly believed that the causes of vulnerability for marginalised women could be addressed. 


Funding Objectives

The fund was established with a strong commitment to New Zealand women and a belief that the causes of their vulnerability could be changed. 

This includes:

  • Women who have lost their means of livelihood or support
  • Women who have had their means of livelihood or support reduced because of adverse circumstances
  • Women deprived of the ordinary comforts of life to which they were accustomed.

The funds available in the general granting pool will be considerably less when compared to previous years. Grants from this pool will not made for major projects.

Note: The general funding round has been retained this year (to a lesser extent) because the Trustee acknowledges the need for short term and one off grants for successful voluntary organisations that are entirely dependant on this type of grant. As the Trustee moves further into the high engagement/multi year funding model, it is possible that in future years the amount available for general applications may be reduced further or alternatively the fund may not opened at all for general funding. 



  • Applicants must be registered charities or public benefit entities (schools/universities etc).
  • Applicants must be based in New Zealand.


Funding exclusions

  • Retrospective funding
  • Projects supporting women/girls under the age of 17 years.


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 4th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019.
  • The amount to be distributed this granting cycle is approximately $160,000.  As a guide, the trustee will consider applications for projects up to the value of $15,000.
  • 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 the following grant button to start your application.

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