Bradley Jenkin Memorial Fund 


The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary grants for individuals with a neuromuscular condition to access opportunities and specialised resources that enable them to achieve freedom.

By a resolution in council, it was decided that in recognition of the years of unpaid service and commitment made by Trevor and Joy Jenkin, and in keeping with the generous spirit of giving by their late son Bradley, who sadly passed away from complications of DMD aged 17, that henceforth the discretionary fund will now be renamed The Bradley Jenkin Memorial Fund.

It is our great pleasure to be able to make this gesture for Trevor and Joy, not only as an enduring legacy for their hard work and sacrifice, but because Bradley's enthusiasm, humour, and kind-hearted thirst for life embodied the MDANZ vision of 'freedom beyond limits'.

Who can apply?

Individuals diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition (*covered by MDANZ) and who are registered as General or Life members of the MDA are eligible to apply.   

A parent or guardian can apply on behalf of Rangatahi and Tamariki members.

How much can I apply for?

Grant applications will be considered on a , subject to available funds.  We ask that our members explore other funding options before applying to our fund.  Due to our limited funds, we cannot consider applications over $1,500 but will consider partial contributions where a member has demonstrated they can fund the rest of the cost.

What can I apply for?

We want our members to experience greater freedom in life.  On the application form, you will need to tell us how the resource or opportunity will enhance your life and help you achieve more freedom. 

Examples of grant applications that might be considered under this fund are; 

  • Specialised sports equipment
  • Contribution towards the costs of a Mobility Dog being placed with you
  • Travel to attend an international forum for a rare condition
  • Participation in a sporting event
  • Career development (e.g. university fees, course fees)

What can’t I apply for?

We will not consider applications for items or activities which currently meet government funding criteria.   For example, if you are eligible to receive equipment from the Ministry of Health, MDANZ will not fund it.   Where relevant, we may request a letter to show that government funding has been declined.

Funding for therapies and treatments of an ongoing nature will not be considered at this stage due to the “one off” nature of the grant.   MDANZ will continue to advocate for better provision of therapies by health and education services. 

MDANZ will also not consider grants for an activity or resource that has not been proven as beneficial to people with neuromuscular conditions, that has a risk of causing harm, or that is inconsistent with best practice guidelines.   

When do I apply?

We have four funding rounds a year and the closing dates are: 

31st January, 30th April, 31st July and 31st October.  Closing dates may be extended at the discretion of the Chief Executive. 

How to apply

Click here to download a PDF application form.
Click here to download a Microsoft Word application form.
Or, you can fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will be happy to assist you.

What do I do with my completed application forms?

Once all parts of the Bradley Jenkin Memorial Fund Application Forms have been filled in, there are two options of what you can do with the forms:

1. You can post the forms in an envelope addressed to:

Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand
419 Church Street East
Auckland 1061


PO Box 12603
Auckland 1642

2. You can email the forms to: [email protected]
Please include "Bradley Jenkin Memorial Fund" in the subject title.

More information

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