MG Charitable Trust

The MG Charitable Trust (MG Trust) was launched in 2021.

The MG Trust is a registered charitable trust which is run independently from MG but is closely supported by the co-operative. It focuses on providing funding to projects and initiatives which have a positive impact on the horticulture industry.

The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education and enhancing the profile of the horticulture industry.

Since launching in 2021, the Trustees have narrowed their focus, with a greater emphasis on areas where funding can make the most impact in the horticulture industry, including:

- Supporting applications with a focus on education.

- Providing educational opportunities for individuals or groups which are directly linked to the industry or for people about to enter the industry, with less weight put towards funding junior school programmes.

- Supporting applications for projects which aim to enhance the profile of the horticulture industry.


December 2023 contestable funding round (apply now)

The MG Trust meets in June and November each year to consider funding applications. The Trustees invite applications for the next funding round. You can download the application form and supporting FAQs by clicking the links below.

Download the contestable fund application form (pdf) >>

MG Trust Application FAQs (pdf) >>

Deadline for applications: 24 November 2023
Trustee meeting: December 2023

The Trustees aim to contact all applicants within two weeks of the meeting.

Grower Education Fund 


Funding for the 2023 Education Fund has been allocated, supporting the following recipients:

- Ben Scott (Scott Fresh)
Rabobank Executive Managers Programme

- Andrew Derbridge (Scott Fresh)
Rabobank Farm Managers Programme

- Sam Hobbs (Darling Fruit)
Rabobank Farm Managers Programme

- Kazi Talaska (Onions NZ)
World Avocado Conference registration + costs

Applications for the 2024 Grower Education Fund will open towards the end of this year. 

MG Trust Annual Review  2023

Click the image below to download the 2023 MG Trust Annual Review. 

AR2023 MG Trust Annual Review front cover

MG Trust full Annual Report 2023 >>


MG Trust Application Forms and FAQs