The Inspire Foundation is unique in New Zealand and is a registered charity dedicated to supporting Canterbury and Marlborough's young talent
we could recognise extraordinary young individuals 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 individuals.
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 or Marlborough 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 and Marlborough regions.
Jake Bailey is known for his heart wrenching, inspirational speech he made as Head Boy at his final assembly at Christchurch Boys High School in 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9G1Swk26ac. Jake recently spoke at our November Grantee Awards evening, and Matty had a chance to talk with him, about his experiences, what he's most proud of, and what advice he would give to other people.