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Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust


The Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust supports both farming and agricultural students and Christian camps. The fund is administered by Presbyterian Support Central.

Support for farming and agriculture students

The Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust provides funds to assist farming students, including those wishing to study any form of farming such as agriculture, horticulture, orcharding and animal husbandry.

Support may be provided for education, travel and accommodation expenses when studying at a tertiary educational institution.

Grants will only be given to students living in or studying in the Presbyterian Support Central area which includes Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki.

Priority will be given to students who may need extra assistance due to health or financial concerns, or who would otherwise not readily have access to tertiary study for farming.

For more information download the Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust Guidelines here.

For Christian youth camp applicants

The Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust also provides funds for people and organisations who wish to establish and/or conduct Christian camps, and supports non-churched youth to attend Christian camps. This includes funding for camp organisers who intend to provide bible classes, youth groups, children’s homes or other holidays and/or retreats for any Christian denomination.

Grants are intended to be given to Christian youth camping events where participants live within the Presbyterian Support Central area which includes Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Taranaki and Whanganui areas.

For more information download the Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust Guidelines here.

To apply

Applications for the Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust close 31 October each year.

Download the tertiary farming and agricultural study funding application form here.

Download the Christian camp funding application form here.

For more information, or to apply, contact:

Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust
C/O Presbyterian Support Central
PO Box 12706
Thorndon
Wellington 6144

More about Ann Sinclair

Ann Sinclair was born at Pirinoa, Wairarapa in the early 1860’s to Scottish settlers Katherine McCallum and Donald Sinclair. She was one of seven children to the couple. The family purchased hundreds of acres of farmland in the south Wairarapa and developed strong ties with local Maori.

Ann Sinclair never married and, despite being close to her sister, Mary, is said to have become somewhat of a recluse in her later years.

On 12 April 1957, Miss Ann Sinclair of Pirinoa, Wairarapa, signed a deed setting up her farm as a home for training boys in the practice of farming. Initially, boys were trained on the farm, but only a couple could be helped at one time.

In 1983, Hon Mr Justice O’Regan approved a variation to the Trust – the farm was sold and the funds invested. The fund is managed by Presbyterian Support Central with the aim of supporting young people in training for all types of farming.