Guidance

Getting prepared for the application
You will need to complete an online application form to apply to the Māori Community Fund. We suggest you keep a copy of your application as you go for your records.

You will need to describe in a clear and concise way:

  • what the proposed initiative is and aims to do
  • who the target audience is
  • how the proposed initiative contributes to the aims of the fund
  • how you will work with others to develop and implement the initiative
  • if you have experience in suicide prevention or postvention
  • what you think the budget will entail
  • if you have thought about what might occur when the community fund has ceased.

Applications should meet one or more of the aims of the Māori Community Fund
Applications need to meet one or more of these aims:

  • Encourage a focus on Wellbeing
  • Provide support to Māori whānau, hapū and iwi that are experiencing suicide risk and/or are bereaved by suicide
  • Build inclusive Māori communities and strengthen resilience
  • Raise awareness about available supports and resources
  • Increase awhi to whānau known to be at higher risk of suicidal distress.

What to expect for a Whānau & Hapū Application?
Māori Whānau and Hapū can apply for up to $10,000

We are interested in applications that meet one or more of the aims of the Māori Community Fund. That also, encourage wellbeing and whānau-centred approaches that empower whānau and or hapu as a whole, rather than focusing on separate individual members and their problems.

We prefer whānau or hapū groups to have a bank account that verifies your account name – the application form will ask you to provide your bank details, names of signatories and for a photo ID (drivers licence, or Passport). If you do not have a bank account we recommend you seek support of a Māori provider that is a legal entity to umbrella your fund.

Please contact one of our Fund Administrators if you require assistance with your application, or completing a Project Plan.

What to expect for a Māori Community Group application?
Māori community groups can apply for up to $25,000

We are interested in applications that meet one or more of the aims of the Māori Community Fund.

We prefer Māori community groups to be a legal entity or recognised charity, with reviewed annual accounts. If a Māori group is not a legal entity, we encourage you to work in partnership with an Iwi or Māori Provider that can support you with the implementation of the proposed initiative. We also prefer Māori groups to have a Governance Board who are Māori. We will ask for evidence of these aspects in the application.

You will be required to provide a project plan (that includes a risk management) and budget.

What to expect for an Iwi or and Māori Provider application?
We are interested in applications that meet one or more of the aims of the Māori Community Fund.

Iwi and Māori providers (Health, Social Services, Justice or Whānau Ora providers) who have the experience, capability and capacity to design and implement a community-based initiative will be able to apply for up to $50,000 of funding. We expect the applicant will hold current contracts for a range of services primarily, but not exclusively targeted to Māori.

Iwi and Māori providers will be expected to be a legal entity or recognised charity, with independently reviewed annual accounts. We also prefer Iwi and Māori providers to have a Governance Board who are Māori. We will ask for evidence of these aspects in the application.

If you apply for this fund, we welcome an opportunity to discuss your application with you. Please make contact with our fund administrator.

You will be required to provide a project plan (that includes a risk management) and budget.

What to expect for Regional or National Collaborative project application?
Collaborations between Iwi or Māori Providers( Health, Social Services, Justice or Whānau Ora Providers) who have the experience, capability and capacity to design and implement a Regional or National Project will be able to apply for up to $100,000 of funding.

We expect these applicants will hold current contracts for a range of services primarily, but not exclusively targeted to Māori. Iwi and Māori providers will be expected to be a legal entity or recognised charity, with independently reviewed annual accounts. We also prefer Iwi and Māori providers to have a Governance Board who are Māori. We will ask for evidence of these aspects in the application.

We are interested in applications that meet one or more of the aims of the Māori Community Fund.

In this collaboration, one provider may wish to identify as the lead provider on behalf of a number of providers, iwi or groups.

If you apply for this fund, we welcome an opportunity to discuss your application with you.
Please make contact with our fund administrator.

You will be required to provide a project plan ( that includes a risk management) and budget.

Experience and Confidence
Having access to the right level of Māori clinical experience and confidence will be essential to the design and delivery of effective suicide prevention and postvention initiatives. To ensure the safety of those involved in the delivery and upon receipt of your proposed initiative – Successful recipients of the Māori Community Fund initiatives will have access to Te Au, who can provide Māori clinical advice and other support as needed, upon request.

How the process works

  • Applicants submit an online application against one category, with a supporting budget and information about their initiative.
  • An assessment panel will decide on successful applications and will make recommendations to approve and sign off.
  • Te Au will contact successful applicants for bank account details, a letter of agreement and complete other paperwork to process the fund payment.
  • The initiative happens.
  • Successful applicants will participate in the evaluation of the fund with Te Au until the end of their initiative.
  • Te Au will follow up with the fund recipient for reports on the activities, outcomes, and expenditure.
  • Te Au will share the report, and fund outcomes with the Ministry of Health.

Can I talk to someone about my application?
You can contact one of our Māori Community Fund Administrators: communityfund@terauora.com

How do I apply?
Applications are made online. You need to apply before the initiative has started as we don’t fund projects that have already happened. The fund opens 1st July and closes 31 July 2020.