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

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At least one in every five of us in Aotearoa will experience mental distress or illness in our lifetimes. If you’re Māori or Pasifika, that number goes up to one in every three people, or one in every four respectively. 

Despite how common mental distress is, people experiencing it are still prejudged and discriminated against.

Being judged or discriminated against is more than just hurtful – it's harmful. Mental distress discrimination can affect people’s access to employment, housing, healthcare or insurance, prevent people’s recovery and even discourage them from seeking support when they most need it.  

 But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can be part of changing this.

Applications for our Puna Pūtea/Social Action Grants are now open! These pūtea or grants will be awarded to individuals and community, iwi and hapū groups and organisations who want to challenge mental distress prejudice and discrimination through projects they design. 

If you have a moemoeā or vision to help end mental distress discrimination, you can apply for a grant of up to $40k right now!

How much is available?

There are two types of grants – grants for up to $40,000, and grants of between $10,000 and $20,000.

  • Grants of up to $40,000 are open to all. Preference for these grants will be given to community and lived experience groups, committees, marae, and whānau, hapū and iwi rōpū/groups. Applicants for these grants must be open to co-designing their project with the Mental Health Foundation. 
  • Grants between $10,000 and $20,000 are open to all and are recommended for individuals and organisations.

We have a total of $400,000 to award this year. Each grant comes with project support and guidance from the Mental Health Foundation. The grants are funded by the Nōku te Ao: Like Minds programme.

What do the grants fund?

These grants fund projects or initiatives that work to end mental distress discrimination in settings where discrimination occurs. You might have a training programme or resource you’d like to roll out; a large community event; or a creative project to tackle myths and stereotypes about our whānau with mental distress, for example. 

To see some real-life projects funded under a similar grants programme, read our past project archives here.

How do I apply?

Applying for a grant is as easy as one, two, three!

  1. First, download our Puna Pūtea/Social Action Grants criteria document here. This will tell you what we can fund and give you tips on what you need to apply. Our tips on how to apply page can help too.
  2. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below. This will take you to our online hub, where you can start your application. You’ll need to include a proposal, which can be either a video of up to 10 minutes, or a written proposal of up to 1,500 words. You can save your application mid-way and come back to edit it later.
  3. Send in your completed grants application by 5pm, Friday, 11 November 2022. Funding decisions will be announced by February 2023.

Nau mai, haere mai, me’a mai – we look forward to seeing all your amazing applications roll in!

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.