Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund

Empowering our communities to help people through.

Empowering our communities to help people through

2020 was a hard year for most of us. For those most keenly feeling the effects of COVID-19, Aotearoa’s charities and community groups were - and still are - a key source of information, connection and support.

To recognise these efforts, in July 2020 the Mental Health Foundation awarded 16 charities and community groups across Aotearoa with up to $20,000 each for up to three months’ worth of services. This total contestable funding pool of $200,000 was allocated from the Ministry of Health’s psychosocial response to COVID-19, and focused on boosting mental illness and addictions projects and services. 

The 16 charities and community groups selected for funding were:

  • Able Charity Trust, Dunedin
  • Akaroa Resource Collective Trust, Akaroa Heartlands
  • Asian Family Services, Auckland/Wellington
  • Creative Kids Trust Board, Blenheim
  • Family Support Services Inc, Kaiwaka/Mangawhai 
  • He Waka Taiora, South Auckland
  • Loss and Grief Support Trust, Southland 
  • Mother’s Helpers, Auckland
  • Nga Manga Puriri Trust, Northland
  • Pacific Island Synod, nationwide
  • Rainbow Path, Auckland/Wellington
  • Te Aroha Noa Community Services, Palmerston North
  • Te Poho Collective (supported by Mahitahi Trust), nationwide
  • Te Roopu Taurima, South Auckland
  • Turning Point Trust, Tauranga
  • Waiheke Adult Literacy Inc, Waiheke Island.

If you have any questions about the Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund, please email whitiorafund@mentalhealth.org.nz