To apply for KKS, please click on Ongoing Support – Apply Online above. It will take you to our Variety portal where you will be asked to create an account using your email address and a password. The form can be completed online and all documents attached at the end. Please ensure to have the following handy so you can readily attach them when prompted:
Yes, Variety has always been happy to support multiple children in one family! You can now apply for all children in your care aged 4 to 17. Previously, there was a maximum of four sponsored children in one family but you can now apply for all your children, provided they are in your care either full or part time. If you already have a child on Kiwi Kid Sponsorship and would like to enrol their sibling/s, complete the Sibling Request Form and email to email@example.com.
Our Kiwi Kid Sponsorship team reviews all new applications online within 2-4 weeks of submission. Please be aware as well that at the end of our review, we can either come back to you if we need further information or queue the application on our Waiting List for a Sponsor.
Once your application is reviewed by the Kiwi Kid Sponsorship team, you will receive an email to let you know you are on the Waiting List for a Sponsor! It can take anywhere from 1-6 months to match a child with a sponsor but we are always working hard to reduce the waiting time. Unfortunately, we always have more children in need than we have sponsors, but if your circumstances change while you are waiting, or you have concerns, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When your child is matched to a sponsor, you will receive an email from us informing you that your child has been matched, who the sponsor is (first name only) and how much the sponsorship amount will be.
To know how much funding is available on your child's account, you may do ANY of the following: 1) Check with your child's Variety champion at school. This would be the person at the school office who submits invoices to us on your child's behalf. 2) Log-in to Variety portal.3) Email us at email@example.com asking for the information, and with your child's name and child ID (e.g. C123456) in the subject line.
Upon availability of the sponsorship funding, we will send a Warehouse purchase order addressed to the child's caregiver. This voucher can be used to purchase the child's basic essentials such as clothing, shoes and bedding upon presentation of an ID by the caregiver at the Warehouse. Also, you or your child's school can send us an invoice for sport or camp fees, uniform or stationery that we can process for payment.
You can claim as little or as much of your sponsorship funds as you wish on a Warehouse purchase order but it can only be used once and in the same shop.
The amount on the Warehouse purchase order must be used up all at once and in the same shop, e.g., if you receive a purchase order for $120, it must be used up one-time and in one store. If you wish to request a smaller value on your Warehouse purchase order please contact Variety at firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 520 4111.
Your Kiwi Kid Sponsorship funds can only be used for basic essentials such as school uniform, shoes, bedding, stationery, sport fees, school camp fees, and other school-related costs.
If your school has no Variety champion, please send your invoices to email@example.com. Be sure to include your child's full details such as their name and if you have it, the child ID (e.g. C123456) as well.
We encourage you to submit your renewals online, as this enables faster processing. To do so, you will need to download and print the renewal documents from the Variety portal. You may ask your school champion to do this for you, or login to the Variety portal and download them yourself. Once you have completed them, please scan and attach them to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also post them to us at Variety - the Children's Charity, PO Box 17276, Greenlane
You can download a blank About Me form here
Be sure to include your child's full details such as their name and if you have it, the child ID (e.g. C123456) as well.
As of the 1 June 2020 you may use a maximum of $200 of your KKS funds towards a digital learning device which is about 50% of the cost of the chromebook model recommended by many schools. You may opt for a more expensive device but you will need to meet the difference in cost yourself.
The good thing about your Kiwi Kid Sponsorship funding is that any unused amount upon the next renewal rolls over and continues to be available for your child. The funds only expire when the programme ends upon your child reaching 18 years of age, or if your circumstances change and you no longer need support from Variety.
Sponsors are given the opportunity to contribute a gift for the child they sponsor, each birthday and at Christmas. Just like anyone else, a sponsor's ability to give a gift, and how much they can afford to give, varies from one person to another.
Children are eligible to apply for KKS from 4 years of age. You should apply as soon as your child turns 4 to allow some waiting period to be matched to a sponsor. This way, you are able to access the funding for uniform and stationery right before they start school.
The sponsorship lasts until your child reaches 18 years of age, your child no longer attends school or if your circumstances change and you no longer need support from Variety. You need to renew your child’s sponsorship each year to access another year of funding- this does not happen automatically.
If your child is still at school their sponsorship will end at the next renewal date after their 18th birthday. If they leave school before 18, but are doing a NZQA credited course, they will still receive sponsorship.
Yes, it is important that you inform Variety of any change in the address or circumstances of the child. This way, any correspondence such as renewal forms, Warehouse purchase orders, and letters will find their way to you. Please advise your school champion or contact us at email@example.com or 09 5204111.
Kiwi Kid Sponsorship provides on-going support or funding for a child's basic essentials, renewed each year; while an Individual Grant is a one-off funding assistance for a child's specific or extra need such as mobility equipment, therapy, learning resources, or extra-curricular costs. Please have a look at the criteria and requirements for KKS and the Individual Grant here. If you are still unsure, please contact Variety at firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 520 4111. We are happy to discuss the options with you and provide advice.
Individual Grants provide one off funding support to assist your child with clothing, shoes, school uniform or school camp, a digital device for learning, beds and cots, medical and mobility needs, or extra-curricular costs such as sports, performing arts, and academic pursuits. Individual Grants are available from $200- $2,000 with the average grant amount awarded $500.
Your Variety champion at school may be able to assist you in submitting a grant application and getting the documents you require. If you can’t get in touch with your Variety champion or your child’s school does not have one, you can submit an application directly to us by logging into our portal
We are no longer delivering the Bikes for Kids Programme.
If a child requires a specialised trike for medical or mobility support, please submit an application through Individual Grants.
If your child needs a digital device for learning you can apply for Kiwi Kid Sponsorship which as of 1 June 2020 allows up to $200 to be used on a device. Alternatively, you can apply for an Individual Grant online here. Individual Grant Applications are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November by the Grants Committee. You will be notified of the result of your grant application at the end of the nearest grant month e.g. if applying in September, you will find out if your applications in approved by the end of November.
Variety funds Chromebooks through our partnership with Noel Leeming. Variety does not fund iPad’s or MacBook unless there is a diagnosed learning disability with a supporting letter from a referrer (e.g. special education advisor) that states such a device is required due to specialist software.
Yes, Variety has strict systems and protocols in place to ensure that you and the child's information is protected and kept confidential. In the application, we also ask the child’s caregiver to acknowledge their part in protecting their child's information, e.g. keeping social media accounts private, throughout the duration of the programme.