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Tuku pūtea Funding


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

Our support and local initiative funding is about communities working together in creative ways, trying new things and building on existing strengths. We fund community-led prevention initiatives that focus on positive parenting and the wellbeing of tamariki under-five and their whānau.

Support can range from funding a simple idea quickly, to walking alongside you through a process of working with your community to create a initiative that will have a lasting effect. We can help you tap into networks to get going. This includes mentors, designers, iwi, and 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 fundholder so you can get on with the mahi.

We’re not about long application forms. One of our small team of community developers will start by getting to know you and your community over a or an online . We’ll work together with 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.

Tell us your idea(external link)

The impact of community initiatives we’ve supported

Taku Mamia Trust

Based on PhD research into the experiences of wellbeing of young Māori following the birth of their first , Mamia is the only marae-based kaupapa Māori child and maternal wellbeing model in Aotearoa. At Waipatu Marae in Hastings, the kaupapa provides a safe, Māori space for māmā and pēpi. Since the opened its doors, more than 200 māmā have been supported.

Read more about Mamia

Mamia: A marae-based 'home away from home' (transcript)

Tongan Society South Canterbury

Using a ‘roll out the mat’ framework and regular , Tongan Society South Canterbury has designed a holistic initiative in response to the needs of the growing Tongan community in Timaru and the wider area. Feedback from parents shows the initiative is strengthening wellbeing by introducing positive parenting approaches, building support networks and supporting healing.

Read more about Tongan Society South Canterbury

Creating a sense of belonging – Tongan Society South Canterbury (transcript)