Ara Foundation

Ara Foundation works in partnership with Ara Institute of Canterbury to change the lives of Ara staff and students through opportunities and experiences that increase learning outcomes.

Ara Foundation grants are for special projects and experiences that extend beyond every day teaching and learning at Ara.

It could be an opportunity related to your study, career or work ambitions, teaching and/or an industry research opportunity. From involvement in community initiatives, one-off project funding, to attending an overseas conference – Ara Foundation would like to hear from you.

Ara Foundation will consider and assess every grant application on how well it matches Ara Foundation grant criteria.

Grant applications that create opportunities for participation and success for groups currently underrepresented in vocational and applied education are looked on favourably.

Ara Foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 to Ara staff and students at any time throughout the year and applications for more than $5,000 are considered three times per year – check the website for closing dates.

All staff and students of Ara Institute of Canterbury are encouraged to apply for funding grants from Ara Foundation. The Foundation does not accept applications for student fees or course related costs, for example: work placement in another city where extra costs are incurred.

To view grant criteria, read about Ara Foundation grant and scholarship recipients and to make an online application please visit

Ara Foundation was established in 1984 with the aim of promoting and supporting the applied vocational, educational and research activities of Ara Institute of Canterbury. Since then, hundreds of thousands in grants have been awarded and hundreds of Ara projects have been supported.