The FMANZ Foundation supports people involved with research and innovation in FM in New Zealand and provides awards to recognise excellence in tertiary study. It also provides assistance to those in significant hardship or need.

Purpose & Objectives of the Foundation

  • To advance education by providing scholarships, prizes or grants for academic achievement and encouraging, supporting and developing programmes for continued educational development within or associated with facilities services and management.
  • To provide a resource for sharing of facilities-related information and to encourage and support research and the interpretation and dissemination of results to the public.
  • To provide a forum accessible to the public for the development of individual capabilities, competencies, skills and understanding in facilities-related areas.
  • To promote public health by supporting and educating the public on improved health within buildings and protection and safety of human life within the built environment.
  • To protect the environment by promoting and encouraging projects for sustainable building management and use.

Student Awards

Student and graduate awards recognise and encourage high academic achievement within the field of facilities management. These awards are offered to one student and one graduate each year, selected from nominations provided by New Zealand tertiary education institutions.

Deadline for applications: 30 April.

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  • To be eligible, students must be studying a course related to facilities management.
  • Students can be full-time or part-time, and need to be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.
  • Previous recipients are not disqualified from receiving an award in subsequent years, although consideration may be given to the benefits of making awards to a range of different students.
  • Only New Zealand tertiary education institutions can nominate. Students and graduates can’t self-nominate.

Selection Criteria: 

We are looking for students who –

  • Maintain academic excellence in their course work.
  • Maintain a positive attitude towards learning and willingly take on
    feedback to improve their learning in all of their papers.
  • Have demonstrated leadership and/or community engagement throughout the academic year. Leadership and community engagement may include, but is not limited to, active participation in the university’s leadership programmes, buddy or mentoring programmes, or other types of service that positively contribute to the wider community. Particular emphasis is placed on activities related to people in a facilities or property environment. Examples could include leading a charitable initiative for homelessness or volunteering to upgrade the quality of a school’s buildings or environment.

This document provides further information on criteria for nomination.

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Research Grants

The Foundation invites applications from organisations and individuals who require funding to complete research that will benefit the FM industry in Aotearoa or who wish to use the funding to support a specific project that will bring innovation into the FM industry.

Deadline: Trustees meet twice a year to consider grant applications. Research Grant applications need to be lodged on or before 30 April and 31 August each year. NOTE: EXTENDED TO 31 MAY.

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Upon receipt, all applications will be acknowledged, outlining the timing and process for consideration of the applications. Grants will be awarded mid-year at the Gala Awards Dinner, held during FM Summit, and at the AGM, held later in the year.

Grants will generally NOT be given for the following:

  • Projects which are already complete.
  • Projects which will not benefit the New Zealand FM industry.
  • Projects of a non-specific nature.
  • Projects where the funding would be redistributed to another person or organisation.
  • Projects that conflict with the objectivess of the Foundation’s Trust Deed.

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Hardship Grants

The Foundation can help relieve poverty through the provision of grants for education or rehabilitation programmes. An application can be made by, or on behalf of, anyone associated with the FM industry (or their dependents) who is suffering hardship due to physical or mental illness, disability or incapacity.

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2020 Scholarship Recipient

Yatin Bhandari, AUT

At the 2020 FMANZ Awards, the FMANZ Foundation awarded a one-off scholarship to Yatin Bhandari, a Building Engineering student at AUT, in recognition of his effort and achievements during the past year.



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In nominating Yatin, AUT Professor John Tookey described him as a hardworking and committed individual who is really buying into a future in facilities management. “He is proactive about getting involved in the discussion around the future of the industry and I have no doubt that in the future Yatin will make an excellent career in the FM sector and be a credit to the industry.”

2020 Research Grant Recipient

Massey University

With support from the FMANZ Foundation, Massey University’s School of Built Environment is undertaking research into the performance of office buildings. The research aims to promote user wellbeing in office design as a contributing factor to worker productivity and organisational performance.



2019 Student Award Winner

Alice Campbell,
Lincoln University

Alice was in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Land and Property Management at Lincoln University when she was granted the Foundation’s inaugural Student Award in 2019.

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As well as achieving academically, Alice has served as a student representative for the Faculty of Land and Property Management at Lincoln and has acted as an informal tutor to other students. She has also volunteered to participate  in the Careers Expo, encouraging high school students to study a property-based degree at university.

2019 Research Grant Recipient

Andy Walmsley,
Massey University

A doctoral student at Massey University, Wellington, Andy has spent the past three years working on a wide range of research projects to improve the mental health of men in the construction industry. Andy received the Foundation’s inaugural research grant in 2019 to help fund this research.

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Andy has experience conducting applied research within the construction industry. He previously worked on the BRANZ suicide within construction report, which explored risk and protective factors among 300 coronial files of men who had committed suicide. Andy is currently completing his PhD on suicide prevention within the construction industry and has collected data from 800 men from a wide range of construction related roles.  Andy also works within the mental health sector, as a clinical psychology intern at Taranaki Hospital.

FMANZ Foundation Trust Committee:

Veronika Harrison
Jonathan Jepson (Acting Chair)
Bruce Kenning
Richard Wilson

Deed of Trust

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