• Through our funding we want to support individuals, families and whānau to thrive.

    At times, people need support to overcome challenges, build self reliance and resilience, and for some people long term support is needed. We recognise that when people are well supported, they have a better opportunity to participate positively in the community.

    Our priorities

    Our priorities are projects, programmes or services which:

    • Improve the quality of life for vulnerable people including teen parents, disabled people, and people with long term health issues.
    • Support young people as they develop skills and attitudes which will assist them to lead full lives.
    • Support older people and kaumatua and kuia to live full and active lives.
    • Improve people’s mental health including through early intervention for children, families and whānau, across our regions, in particular following the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes.
    • Provide services for people with alcohol and other drug issues.
    • Provide holistic approaches to multiple complex issues including family centred and community based approaches.
    • Provide inclusive services which reflect the needs of different cultures, for example by providing interpreter services and cultural training for staff and volunteers.
    • Enhance health and well being by addressing the underlying social issues.
    • Enable closer working, collaboration or networking where travel costs are a barrier.
    • Deliver integrated services or are working towards collective impact.

    What we will look at

    • What difference will your project, programme or service make?
    • Does your organisation have controls in place to manage the grant?
    • Is your organisation able to deliver the project, programme or service?
    • How do you know there is a need for your project or organisation?
    • How are the community or people who use your service involved with or support your organisation or project?
    • To what extent do you work with other organisations to achieve your aims?
    • How do you learn about whether your programme is meeting its intended outcomes?
    • How does your project, programme or service meet good practice or is it evidence based? This is particularly important if your organisation is working with vulnerable people including children, young people, elderly people, disabled people, and people with mental health issues.

    Funding for building projects

    Capital expenditure, for example youth and community centres are considered under our Building Projects Programme.

    What we don't fund

    Check out our eligibility page for a full list of What We Do and Don’t Fund.

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