Max e-Grants is a community programme brought to you by OfficeMax in partnership with NZ’s leading children’s charity Barnardos. The programme provides small grants of up to $5,000 to New Zealand schools and pre-schools to support children (4-18 years) experiencing significant disadvantage to support, promote and encourage their educational potential and outcomes.
Education is a crucial strategy in reducing poverty and disadvantage and developing self-esteem and it’s as important to children as food, shelter and a loving family. Education provides children with the tools and knowledge that they need to understand and participate in today's world. Sadly, not all children get the same chances in life.
Max e-Grants aims to support individual children or groups of children experiencing major disadvantage so they can join in activities at school. A major aim of the programme is to avoid individual isolation so that a child or young person experiencing disadvantage does not feel isolated due to circumstances beyond their control. Isolation can be caused by geographical, economic or social disadvantage and the grants programme tries to address this so that children at school can join in activities with their cohort and not feel left out. A priority for the programme is to support children living in isolated rural and remote areas and recently settled refugee or migrant communities.
Barnardos is New Zealand’s largest children’s charity with a vision of an Aotearoa where every child shines bright. By providing a broad range of social services and high quality early learning, Barnardos works every day in local communities across the country to support, educate and protect our children. Through Barnardos social service arm, we work with children and families facing issues such as violence, poverty, substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness,
Many of the children we work with have gone through exceptionally difficult circumstances in their young lives. We believe all children should be given the support they need to make the most of their lives and reach their potential. By supporting Barnardos you can have a major impact on the lives of New Zealand children.
OfficeMax is a leader in both business-to-business office product solutions and retail office products. Our mission is simple - we help our customers do their best work. We’re passionate about ensuring that children have all the opportunities that they deserve which is why our community programmes have one common theme – kids.
We are proud to give back to the community through Max e-Grants to help disadvantaged Kiwi children with their education and provide them with the resources that they need to help further their education.