Adding to existing wellbeing services
Complementary Services funding was part of a package of Government support announced in May 2020 that helped rural and fishing communities recover from the effects of COVID-19.
There was strong demand for support. The fund has been fully allocated. No new applications are being accepted.
Grants were provided to help improve the mental wellbeing of rural people by complementing existing services. As part of our wider community-led development approach, this fund sat alongside the Rural Community Hubs programme. It also complemented the work of Rural Support Trusts, which help local people to work together to respond to the challenges they face.
Projects we funded supported people across the primary sector with unmet wellbeing needs, such as:
- rural Māori
- young farm employees
- farming mothers
- communities facing challenges.
Organisations received funding for wellbeing projects across the primary sector.
The funding was used to:
- support groups with unmet wellbeing needs
- provide more one-to-one peer support
- expand services to isolated rural communities
- deliver trusted support.
We funded projects across New Zealand
More than 15 projects were funded around New Zealand. These short case studies are examples of the types of initiatives that received funding.
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 support for wellbeing projects, email email@example.com