Grow communities / Tuku pūtea Funding

Communities know what works best for whānau. Through the Local Initiative Fund there is pūtea available to amplify the great mahi that whānau supporters do every day in Aotearoa.

Our funding is about communities working together in creative ways, trying new things and building on existing strengths. We fund projects that focus on the wellbeing of tamariki under-five and their whānau.

Support can range from funding a simple idea quickly, to supporting you through a process of working with your community to create a project that will have a lasting effect. We can help you tap into networks to get going. This includes mentors, designers, iwi, hapū and awesome community connectors.

Anyone can apply for funding

Anyone within Aotearoa can receive funding from the Local Initiative Fund. Funding does need to be provided to an incorporated organisation – but don't worry if you aren't incorporated. We can support you through a fund holder so you can get on with the mahi.

We're not about long application forms. One of our community developers will start by getting to know you and your community over a kapu tī or Zui. We'll walk alongside you every step of the way and can even support with co-writing your application.


Tell us your ideas

You don’t need to have decided on every detail. Tell us what you're noticing, your dreams for whānau and what you think your community needs to reach those dreams. Let's talk through your goals and see how we can work together.

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