COVID-19 Response

Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT) is proactive in ensuring our office remains a safe place to work and visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the country is at Level 1, all visitors will be required to sign in when visiting the ECCT offices at 207 Nelson Street South, Hastings.

Please be rest assured that our grant-making and social investing – along with the entirety of the Trust’s suite of operations – is business as usual.

Grant applications for all our funds are welcome, as per the closing dates (available on our website

If you would like to apply for a grant pertaining to COVID-19 please apply via our Grassroots fund.


We are changing the way we meet with our clients

We will continue to use online teleconference facilities, such as Zoom and Skype, for meetings as often as possible, rather than meeting face-to-face.

In addition to this our staff continue to be contactable by telephone and email.

You can contact us between 8am and 5pm by phoning free on 0800 878 720 or email

For general information please visit our website or follow us on Facebook


We are increasing our office cleaning programme

We have introduced new office hygiene standards to reflect the need to clean surfaces more regularly.


We have new in-office protocols

To keep our staff safe we have refined our office protocols.

We will have contact registers in place to record everyone who comes onto the premises.

Current guidelines are that we should be 1m distance from each other at all times.


Emergency remote work plan

Our plan ensures that in the event of our staff not being able to work from our office, we can continue to provide you with the same level of service and advice remotely.


We are listening to the experts

To ensure ECCT is following the correct protocols we are taking best practice advice from the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health’s website provides a comprehensive overview of best practice systems which you can view on the attached link:

Covid-19 is a significant global event and we want to reassure our staff and customers that we are doing everything in our power to prepare, plan and protect.


You can contact our team between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on the following numbers and email addresses:


General Manager                             Jonathan Bell                      027 222 2152 or 0800 878 720 ext 4

Community Advisor                        Rose Artemiev                             027 555 0578 or 0800 878 720 ext 1

Community Advisor                        Neil Attapattu                               027 599 9017 or 0800 878 720 ext 2

Grants Assessor                                Patricia Devlin                       0800 878 720 ext 1

Grants Assessor                                Jill Wolland                                       0800 878 720 ext 1

Communications Manager           Monique Jeffares               027 778 3228 or 0800 878 720 ext 3


If your enquiry is about;

  • Registration or general grant enquiries please contact: Patricia or Jill
  • Grant payments please contact: Jill
  • Community Assets & Facilities Fund please contact: Rose or Neil
  • Fluxx support please contact: Neil or Patricia
  • Larger grants in Gisborne/Hawkes Bay: Rose
  • Larger grants in Tararua/Wairarapa/Manawatu/Horowhenua: Neil


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