On this page:
- Building connections in rural communities
- Funding available to start a hub
- How to apply for funding
- Hubs are spreading across NZ
- Who to contact
The Rural Community Hubs programme helps isolated and vulnerable communities. Our support is underpinned by a community-led development approach. This focuses on communities owning and driving their own solutions.
The objectives are to strengthen rural communities' resilience and wellbeing by:
- reducing the isolation of rural communities
- increasing connectedness within a rural community
- enhancing community access to government and non-government services and support
- supporting community initiatives that will be enduring over the long-term.
Note: there has been strong demand for grants to help with starting a hub. MPI is unable to accept any new funding applications at this time. If you are looking for support to develop a local community initiative, email us at email@example.com
Rural Community Hubs – fact sheet [PDF, 945 KB]
Peridoically, grants may be available to community groups and organisations to help them establish a hub.
The money can be used to employ a coordinator to:
- assist with running activities and building networks
- write a work plan
- set up appropriate support activities.
Community support is crucial. You'll need creative, dedicated people from the community to lead the project. They can help make sure it can continue beyond the start-up funding.
Communities that have funding from another source (like economic development) can also apply for this funding.
Our role is to help you get up and running, or to expand what you do beyond current activities. We will support you to find long-term funding.
Making an impact – key outcomes
Applicants must demonstrate clear outcomes in the community where your hub is located.
Examples of outcomes include:
- participation by a diversity of people, for example, local iwi, migrant workers, rangatahi, or elderly
- greater connectedness within a community. This could include working together to identify needs and goals, running social events, activities, and practical workshops.
- access to services and resources offered by different government and non-government organisations, such as opportunities for people to develop new skills and find employment.
- a shared vision for your hub and a thriving, inclusive community. This could mean having a community workplan for future initiatives, or securing ongoing support from other funding sources.
What you will need to start a hub
Communities planning to set up a hub need to meet the following eligibility criteria:
- be a community group that is registered as a legal entity (for example, a charitable trust), is able to come under the umbrella of another legal entity, or is intending to become a legal entity
- meet the key objectives of the hubs programme
- be a new initiative or an expansion of existing activities
- apply for support for a period of at least one year.
Capital expenditure is not eligible for funding.
Communities interested in learning more about this programme can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We funded the first Rural Community Hub in December 2019. A total of 24 hubs have received a grant. Read the case studies about 2 hubs that are up and running.
Case study: Ruakituri Rural Community Hub [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Case study: Wairau Valley Community Hub [PDF, 882 KB]
If you have questions about Rural Community Hubs, email email@example.com