The Charitable Trust of the Auckland Faculty of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
History of the Trust
The Charitable Trust was started in the late 1950s by a group of Auckland GPs prior to the formation of the RNZCGP. Their vision was to see GPs supported in undertaking research. A moderate amount of money from donors was accumulated and invested - at one stage the Trust invested in a house adjacent to the Auckland Medical School. Interest on the investments are dispersed as grants on an annual basis.
The purpose of the Charitable Trust is to support GPs undertake research, assist with travel costs for educational or research activities and assist with medical education. The activities undertaken must be shown to benefit the wider GP community.
Who can apply?
- General practitioners of the Auckland or Northland Faculties
- The applicant must be either a fellow, member or associate of the RNZCGP
- Application can be made for funding to support medical students doing research or research assistants but the applicant (the person filling out the form) must meet the above criteria
Information for applicants
- All applications are considered. The dispersal of funds depends on the pool of money available each year and the number and quality of competing applications. Grants awarded are usually in the range of $2,000-5,000
- Applications must be on the Trust application form. The applicant must be either a fellow, member or associate of the RNZCGP
- The amount requested must be GST inclusive
- There is no provision for retrospective payments. That is, an application cannot be made to cover the costs of travel, education or research already undertaken
- It is mandatory to provide the Trust Board with a report at the conclusion of the travel, education or research that has been funded by the Trust. The reporting form can be downloaded below. It is usual for a portion of funding to be withheld until a report is received
- Further advice can be obtained by contacting the trustees
- Applications are evaluated on their individual merits. The form used to guide the evaluation of applications can be downloaded below
The application process
- There are two funding rounds each year - due dates are 1st May and 1st November. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Trust secretary or chairperson.
- Applications must be received by the publicised due dates
- Applicants are notified by email that their application has been received and a timeframe is given for the outcomes to be notified. Outcomes are usually available within 4 weeks (depending on when the Trust meetings occur).
Payment procedures for successful applications
- Where the applicant is part of a University, the payment is made to the University and the University then administers the money
- Payment can be made directly to individuals where there is no University association with the research
- Money for travel and one-off educational costs are usually made directly to the individual
Reporting for successful applicants
- It is mandatory to provide the Trust Board with a report at the conclusion of the travel, education or research that has been funded by the Trust
- The reporting form can be downloaded below
- It is usual for a portion of funding to be withheld until a report is received
Jim Lello - Chairperson
Anju Yogakumar - Secretary