The Mayor's Welfare Fund was established in 1897 as the 'Mayor's Coal and Blanket Fund'. The Fund provides assistance to families and individuals in our community who are in extreme financial distress.

Apply for the Mayor's Welfare Fund

Applicants need to make an appointment with the Mayor's Welfare Administrator.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday.


The fund works with other helping agencies in the city and can provide assistance on a one-off basis where real need can be shown.

The fund is a last resort measure when people have exhausted other appropriate sources such as Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).


The Mayor's Welfare Fund is only available for Christchurch City residents.

As every applicant's circumstances are unique and the criteria for different categories of assistance varies. Applicants need to contact the Mayor's Welfare Administrator.

The fund has a limited amount of funding categories with which it can assist applicants and criteria on levels of assistance apply. 

The Mayor's Welfare Fund can only assist once in a twelve-month period.

School principals may apply on behalf of students to the Mayor's Welfare Fund's Child Enrichment Fund for grants to help students participate in extra-curricular activities they would otherwise miss out on due to exceptional circumstances of severe hardship.  

How to apply

For appointments with The Mayor's Welfare Administrator, contact us on 0800 800 169.

After making your appointment, it is essential that you send in before your phone appointment:

  • A form of identification, such as your Drivers Licence or Community Services Card.
  • If available, a letter from Work and Income NZ or Study Link stating that assistance is available or unavailable.
  • A current bank statement stating your name to use as proof of financial hardship.
  • If in employment, a copy of your last two payslips.
  • Evidence of your need, such as an invoice for goods, electricity bill, letter from landlord etc.

The Mayor's Welfare Fund is located at the Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street.


If you have an enquiry with regards to donating to this charitable trust, please email all details to and the team will contact you.