At the heart of our community

As a community-focused trust, we provide support for local initiatives, facilities and events that bring vibrancy, connectedness, growth and economic benefits to the region. Our transformational funding process brings life to grassroots organisations and large-scale multi-million-dollar projects alike. Since our establishment in 1993, we've been at the heart of our community making a difference with our distributions. We provide funding and rebates in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga regions.


What our grant recipients say

Tauranga Hockey


"We are grateful for TECT’s support in helping us construct the third turf. With more turf capacity we will get more young players starting a lifelong love of the sport, and we will attract more high-level hockey events to the region and the economic benefits they bring. It’s an incredible asset for our region." Read more.

AIMS Games Trust


"TECT has been a long-standing and hugely important contributor to the Anchor AIMS Games. That support means we are able to reach more people around New Zealand and globally, while each year providing a professional, world-class event which creates long-lasting memories for our athletes." Read more.

Pushing Arts in NZ Trust


"Thank you TECT for supporting our vision to bring beautiful art to the public. We had international and local artists create 20 largescale murals, held art workshops and ran a youth mentoring programme, all to bring people together, build connections and add some beauty to our streets." Learn more.

Otumoetai Tennis Club


"TECT’s generous donation allowed us to upgrade all 8 of our court turfs which were showing noticeable signs of wear and tear after 16 years of use. We are so appreciative of the support which will ensure our whole community can enjoy the facilities for many years to come." View photos.

Film BOP


"TECT’s ongoing support has enabled us to grow in so many ways; we’re building relationships with key players in the industry, facilitating increased productions in the region and continually upskilling local filmmakers." Read more.


Making a transformational difference with our giving

TECT is part of the fabric of this region and we are ambitious for the future of our community.
So far this year, we have granted:


Community Development

Supporting the people at the heart of our community.


Community Facilities

The places, spaces and facilities that make our region a wonderful place to live.


Community Events

The cultural, sports and art events that bring our community together.


Facilities of Regional Significance

Significant regional projects that will deliver inter-generational benefit and have wide impact.


Catalyst for Change

Proactive funding where priorities are identified through research and consultation.

20 Degrees is a collaborative healthy housing programme, working to ensure homes in the Bay of Plenty can achieve 20°C.

Latest News

Local Awards evening showcases hardworking community groups and volunteers

Mary Dillon, Lifetime Service Award Winner. Photo: Andrew WarnerRead more

University of Waikato Tauranga campus scholarships celebrated

Four adult learners have won Acorn Foundation scholarships, twelve students were granted TECT First-in-Family awards, and nine students were awarded TECT Returning Student scholarships. On MondayRead more

TECT supports Summer Lifeguarding across the Western Bay

Lined with beautiful coastlines and endless beaches and bays, the Western Bay of Plenty attracts thousands of beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers. With beautiful coastal areas comes the need for surfRead more

Vital Update 2023 survey data available for all to use

The research project ‘Vital Update – Tauranga 2023’ findings are now available online at Tauranga City Council, alongside the Acorn Foundation, TECT and BayTruRead more

2024 Western Bay Community Award Finalists Announced

The annual Western Bay Community Awards which recognises the dedicated contribution of voluntary and not-for-profit groups and individuals, have announced the finalists for the 2024 awards, scheduledRead more

TECT’s first impact investment, The Kollective turns five this month

One of TECT’s ways of working is through collaboration, believing it is important to work with people with strong community connections and understanding. Working together to bring aboutRead more

Community groups gather to celebrate funding for Tauranga and Western Bay.

On a recent September evening, 32 community groups attended a Grants Function, the first held by TECT since 2021. This function celebrated 32 of the community organisations who have received TECTRead more

Nominations for the 2024 Western Bay Community Awards Now Open

Kirsty Maxwell-Crawford, Chief Executive of Poutiri Wellness Centre accepted the 2023 Heart of the Community Award on behalf of the Poutiri Wellness Centre.Read more

Te Manawataki o Te Papa Funding

TECT has confirmed its largest-ever funding investment towards a project of regional significance, approving a $21 million grant for Tauranga city centre’s new civic precinct.  The future civicRead more

Community gives TECT's plans green light

Following strong community support, TECT’s trustees have signed off on the Trust’s key plans to create better outcomes for current and future generations in Tauranga and the Western Bay ofRead more

Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund bigger than ever

Tauranga and Western Bay community event organisers now have access to more funding than ever before, thanks to a $200,000 boost to the Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund.Read more

Inspiration at Western Bay Community Awards 2023

Heart of the Community Award winners, Poutiri Wellness CentreRead more

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