Adding to existing wellbeing services
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has funds to provide extra support to remote rural communities.
The money is to be used to help improve the mental wellbeing of rural people by complementing services that already exist. For that reason, it's called the Complementary Services fund.
As part of our wider community-led development, this fund sits alongside the Rural Community Hubs programme. It complements the work of the Rural Support Trusts, which help local people to work together to respond to the challenges they face.
Any projects we fund should focus on support for people with unmet wellbeing needs, such as:
- rural Māori
- young farm employees
- farming mothers
- communities facing challenges.
The types of projects and services we want to fund
Organisations can get funding for wellbeing projects across the primary sector.
They need to support rural communities facing challenges that could lead to mental wellbeing issues.
The money can be used to:
- support groups with unmet wellbeing needs
- provide more one-to-one peer support
- expand services to isolated rural communities
- deliver trusted support.
The funding cannot be used for business-as-usual costs.
Funding provided for each project varies between $20,000 and $40,000.
If you have a larger, longer-term project, talk to us.
Applications for projects finishing by 30 June 2023 are open.
Organisations and providers interested in applying for funding should email email@example.com
We'll then send you an application form to complete.
Organisations seeking Complementary Services funding for a project should:
- engage with their local Rural Support Trust
- ensure projects complement existing wellbeing services in their region
- have a proven track record to deliver the proposed service
- provide timely reporting
- have a key person who can drive the project.
We fund projects across NZ
More than 15 projects have been funded around NZ since the fund was established. These short case studies are examples of the types of initiatives that have been funded.
Case study: Mates4Life initiative in the Hawke’s Bay [PDF, 665 KB]
Case study: Rural mothers’ initiative [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about Complementary Services funding or projects, email firstname.lastname@example.org