Mental wellbeing fund for rural communities

We have funding for providers to help improve the mental wellbeing of people in remote rural communities. Find out how to apply for Complementary Services funding.

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.

Any projects we fund should focus on support for people with unmet or high wellbeing needs, such as:

  • rural Māori
  • young farm employees
  • farming mothers
  • migrants
  • communities facing challenges. 

We'll be looking for new service providers to deliver wellbeing and other support services.

Complementary Services to existing wellbeing providers – fact sheet [PDF, 1.1 MB]

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, you could receive up to $80,000.

If you have an idea, we’d like to hear from you. Email ruralcommunities@mpi.govt.nz

Project requirements

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 will fund projects NZ-wide

We funded the first pilot project in mid-2020. It supported the wellbeing of rural mothers with young children in the Bay of Plenty.

Case study: Rural mothers’ initiative [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about Complementary Services funding, email ruralcommunities@mpi.govt.nz

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