The Inspire Foundation is unique in New Zealand and is a registered charity dedicated to supporting Canterbury's young talent
we could recognise extraordinary young cantabrians who have the potential and desire to achieve excellence in their chosen field, and reward them in such a way as to help them realise it. That would be an inspired choice.
The Inspire Foundation has been set up as a charitable trust to recognise and reward extraordinary, talented young Cantabrians.
To qualify, applicants must be aged between 15 and 23 years of age (inclusive as at the 31st January of the applicable year), a resident of Canterbury for at least 3 years with New Zealand Citizenship and have demonstrated extraordinary ability or potential in any of the areas of Arts, IT, Design, Music, Science, Research, Education, Sport or Community Service.
Assistance comes in the form of grants to fund the widest possible array of requests - such as travel, courses, tuition, equipment, projects or initiatives.
It's all about making inspired choices for the future of the Canterbury region.
There's no doubt that people love to read about members of their community succeeding in their fields and achieving their goals. So the Inspire Foundation was delighted to see in early August the Star Community papers profile some of our most recent Grantees and how they're using their Grants to get to the next level.
William Stedman is one such Grantee who was profiled. His inspiring story of talent, commitment, passion and hard work has got him where he is today - representing New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. We're very proud to have William as one of our 150 Inspire Foundation Alumni.