Applications for Round 3 are now open.
Our next Connecting Communities funding rounds are:
- 31 October (opens) – 10 November 2022 (closes)
- 20 February (opens) – 2 March 2023 (closes)
- 5 June (opens) – 15 June 2023 (closes)
About the fund
Got a great idea for a community activity that promotes the Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing?
We’re keen to support community-led activities and events across Queenstown, Wānaka, Cromwell and Te Anau/Fiordland that improve mental wellbeing and encourage people to come together and Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give. It’s all part of enabling our communities to help each other to be more resilient and stay well.
Groups can apply for funding of up to $1,000 (GST inclusive).
Ideas could include games equipment for your community, an in-person or online event/workshop which connects people/supports mindfulness/encourages them to be active/enjoy nature/learn a new skill, or funding for a specific part of an event that supports wellbeing… we’d love to hear them!
Mental wellbeing is one component of broader wellbeing. Positive mental wellbeing is most likely when people feel safe, connected, valued, worthy and accepted and have a sense of belonging, identity and hope for the future. Mental wellbeing means being able to adapt and cope with life and life’s challenges and feeling that your life has meaning, as well as experiencing feelings of contentment or general happiness (as per Kia Manawanui Aotearoa Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing plan).
The Connecting Communities fund is part of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE)’s Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan. The plan aims to deliver mental wellbeing support, promote and protect the social and mental wellbeing of people living in Queenstown, Wānaka, Cromwell and Te Anau/Fiordland, and assist with addressing the ongoing negative effects of COVID-19.
Who can apply
- Community clubs or groups
- Not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises
- Iwi organisations or Māori community groups
- Multicultural councils or ethnic community organisations
- Faith-based, religious and church groups
- An informal group (i.e. not a Trust, an Incorporated Society, Company or any other type of entity formed under New Zealand legislation. An informal group may be involved with managing a one-off event or a series of community activities)
We are looking to fund community activities or events that can support connection, wellbeing and resilience.
Broadly, we are looking for activities and events that:
- Engage positively with the local community
- Support mental wellbeing
- Aligns with one or more of the “Five Ways to Wellbeing” (link to this) and Te Whare Tapa Wha (link to this)
- Is delivered in Queenstown, Wānaka, Cromwell, or Te Anau/Fiordland
- Can be adapted to comply with any COVID restrictions.
Applications will not be considered for:
- Retrospective activities or events (things you have done in the past or are in progress now)
- Funding for mental health clinical services (i.e. counselling)
- Activities that intend to generate profit
- Debt servicing or repayment
- Legal expenses
- The promotion of commercial, political or religious objectives
- The purchase of alcohol
How we will assess applications
Applications will be assessed by the Te Hau Toka group and will be approved based on the merits of the event or activity and according to the following:
- It is community-based
- It builds on the community’s strengths
- It is safe to use/do
- It has the flexibility to be managed or provided differently should there be a change to COVID levels
- It meets all criteria contained in the application form
- It meets our Terms and Conditions
When you can apply
There are three application rounds. You can apply for more than one round, as each round opens.
Please note, the fund is inclusive of GST (i.e. up to $1,000 net payment). If you are a registered GST provider, you will need to make the appropriate payments.
The open and close dates for all applications are:
- First round: Opens 11 November 2021, closes 22 November 2021
- Second round: Opens 28 February 2022, closes 11 March 2022
- Third round: Opens 4 July 2022, closes 15 July 2022
The application process
Step 1: Complete the form
Step 2: After the closing date we will consider your application with all other applications received
Step 3: We’ll let you know if your application has been approved
Step 4: We’ll pay you or the supplier of the service
How to apply
Please have the following information ready to help you fill out the online application:
- How you will spend the fund
- If you are a Charitable Trust OR NZBN registration number
- Screenshot of your bank account details and bank logo
- Any applicable supplier quotes
- Amount applied for
What happens if, after receiving the fund, you are unable to, or choose not to, provide the activity or event described in your application
If it’s not possible to deliver the event/activity for reasons outside of your control and you’ve already received payment from us, then we will meet with you to discuss next steps. This may involve the return of part or all of the funding provided.
If you need help or have a question
If you have any issues with the online form, the form is available here for you to download and fill out.