Mental wellbeing fund for rural communities
We fund providers to help improve the mental wellbeing of people in remote rural communities. The Complementary Services fund was set up to support new initiatives and extend the reach of services.
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.
There is significant demand for new services and the funding for the 2021/22 year has been fully allocated.
An announcement about applications for next year will be made by 31 March 2022. Details on how to apply will be added here in April 2022.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The first grant was made in mid-2020. It was for a pilot project supporting 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 email@example.com