Nōku te Ao: Like Minds Puna Pūtea | Social Action Grants

Mental health advocacy grants - now closed
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Our 2022 Puna Pūtea | Social Action Grants - mental health advocacy grants of up to $40,000 - are now closed for applications. Shortlisting has begun and funding decisions will be communicated to all applicants by February 2023. 

The Puna Pūtea | Social Action Grants are proudly funded by the Nōku te Ao: Like Minds programme. These grants provide pūtea or funding to individuals and community, iwi and hapū groups and organisations who want to challenge mental distress judgements and discrimination through projects they design.

' Whiria te tangata ka puta he oranga '

– Weaving the people together promotes wellbeing


Keep up to date with the latest news about the Puna Pūtea | Social Action Grants – including information about the 2023 round - by signing up to our mailing list below.
Want to see what a funded project looks like? Read and watch stories from our past grants project archives here

Looking for other funding opportunities?

Talk to your local authority (council, local board or community board) about their community project funds, or government departments (such as the Department of Internal Affairs, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Youth Development, or Ministry of Social Development) to see whether they have any funding available

You can also search for grants from:

Creative New Zealand
Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Fund
Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority
Frozen Funds Charitable Trust
Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation
givUS (accessed via public libraries)
Perpetual Guardian
Foundation North
Grants for Good
Community Organisations Grants Scheme
Public Trust

Keen to stay up to date with Nōku te Ao: Like Minds?

We’re busy collaborating with lived experience hapori/communities and whānau to create a social movement that helps others see the wealth of wisdom and value that comes from living with mental distress. Make sure you sign up to our mailing list here for more updates about the kaupapa as they come. 

If you are keen to tackle all forms of mental distress discrimination, join our closed Facebook group where we actively challenge stereotypical or unhelpful media stories about mental health. Changing how the media portray mental distress plays a big part in ending mental distress discrimination. 

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