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Nōku te Ao Puna Pūtea Social Action Grants is officially launched!

How do I apply?

It’s easy to apply for the Puna Pūtea/Social Action Grants, and we’re here to help with any questions you might have - just send us an email at:  
To apply: Register for our online grant hub by following this link.  

  • Read through the information included in the application form and tips pages on our website.
  • Fill out your application – which can be either a written form or a video. If you are submitting a video, it must be no more than 10 minutes long and hosted on an external video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo.  
  • Submit your fully completed grants application form (written or video proposal) for review by 11:59pm, Friday 31st October 2023.  

Receipt of grant applications will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within five working days of submitting your application, please email 

Submission process

Once your application is received, our shortlisting team will assess whether it has answered the above questions to a high standard, and if it does, it will be shortlisted. Applicants that make the shortlist may need to attend a video or teleconference call.

Once this has happened, your shortlisted application will be assessed by an independent judging panel for potential funding. The panel will be made up of people from the lived experience communities as well as Māori, Pasifika, and Rainbow representatives. The final funding decisions will be decided by this independent judging panel alone. Your application will be assessed against the following scoring card: 

Scoring table:

  • Clear method for eliminating mental distress discrimination is outlined: 50 points 
  • Clear project plan outlined, considering any barriers that may impact your project, and how you would overcome them (i.e., Covid): 25 points 
  • Accurate and clear budget outlined in full: 10 points 
  • Impression of ability to address equity issues for communities most impacted by mental distress discrimination: 15 points 
    Total: out of 100