How to write your change statement

Your outline application asks you to write a short change statement. This statement describes the project or initiative for which you are seeking funding.

Your change statement needs to tell us:

  1.  The wider social change you want to contribute to,
  2.  Who you want to work with,
  3.  What you want to do and
  4.  The outcomes you want to see, or the difference you will make.

You can see some examples of change statements below.

One way to write your change statement is to copy the following statement and fill in the blanks:
We want to contribute to [Point 1 above] by working with [Point 2] to [Point 3] so that [Point 4].

If your project doesn’t quite fit with the change statement format, then you can write your own – just make sure it is brief and contains the FOUR parts listed above.

Examples of change statements



We want to contribute to improved social outcomes and local economic and employment opportunities for Hauraki whānau  by working with Māori/Iwi Trusts  to run leadership programmes, provide governance training and implement business systems and strategies  so that we can increase the number of strong, economically stable local Māori enterprises.

The wider social change you want to contribute to / who you want to work with / what you want to do / the outcomes you want to see, or the difference you will make


We want to contribute to a fair, transparent and effective justice system by working with youth leaders in years 12 and 13 to run workshops that build their awareness of justice inequities, educate them about their rights and increase their advocacy skills so that young people improve their capacity and skills to advocate for social change around justice inequities.


We want to improve vaccination rates in Pacific communities by working with primary health providers, ECE’s and schools in Auckland/Aukilani to develop and pilot a comprehensive vaccination toolkit for teachers and parents with clear guidelines, protocols and educational materials so that they are better informed about vaccinations and preventable disease, are connected to primary health providers and are confident advocates for the health of their children.


We want to contribute to a reduction in the disproportionate harm suffered by Māori from the Misuse of Drugs Act by engaging a dedicated project worker to work with Māori and other stakeholders to build their capacity to: raise awareness in their communities about effective health-based policies to drug harm; take community action; and directly engage with politicians, decision-makers and media so that community demand for health-focused drug law reform is created, and more supportive approaches including better access to assessment and referral to treatment will be fostered.