The Hyman Marks Trust has, established in 1895, had a considerable impact on the lives of many people in Christchruch through charitable grants to those in need. Wise investment decisions made by the Trust, have increased Grant payments over the years.



Canterbury individuals and families experiencing financial hardship who have limited access to basic necessities, in particular, but not limited to,those needs of health and warmth.
The Trust will consider applications for assistance with home heating and health needs (including dental assistance) where all other avenues of financial assistance have been explored (including assistance form WINZ for low income families). The Trust will not provide funding for electronic devices required by schools or funding of educational assessments.


The Trustees will consider service projects bought to their attention from time to time with a view to making a special grant if the support being provided is for those within the Trusts terms of reference i.e. people within Christchurch experiencing issues of health and warmth with no other funding available. Projects with a focus on being self sustaining or proactive in addressing client needs are especially welcomed. Projects to be bought to the trustees attention should be emailed to the secretary at


The winter warmer programme runs from May to September and consists of a grant for individuals specifically to address needs of warmth including warm bedding,clothing and home heating costs.


The Trust makes an annual grant to the Christchurch Charity Hospital. It welcomes applications from other health providers.