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We want people to feel connected to, supported by and involved in their community so that we can help reduce isolation and build resilient communities. Healthy communities have opportunities for people to connect with people, place and culture.

Our priorities

Our priorities are projects, programmes or services:

  • Strengthening communities in areas of need by supporting connections within and between different groups and to local places

  • Enhancing or maintaining places where people gather such as marae, community centres, and hubs in areas of need

  • Fostering a sense of belonging, diversity, and cultural connection

What we will look at

  • What difference will your project, programme or service make?
  • Does your organisation have the capability and capacity to deliver the project, programme or service?
  • How do you know there is a need for your project or organisation?
  • How are the community or people who use your service involved with or support your organisation or project?
  • How is your organisation or project culturally responsive, or is working towards being culturally responsive?
  • To what extent do you work with other organisations to achieve your aims?
  • How do you learn about whether your programme is meeting its intended outcomes?
  • How does your project, programme or service meet good practice or is it evidence based? This is particularly important if your organisation is working with vulnerable people including children, young people, elderly people, disabled people, and people with mental health issues.
  • Do you have a need for our funding?

How we Fund

Find out which Funding Programme best suits your project.

What we don't fund

There are some things Rātā Foundation does not fund, read our list of exclusions.

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What do we mean by barriers to access or need?

We aim to enable an equitable society by removing barriers to access or supporting people in need. People may experience need throughout their lives or for a short period.  We can’t always predict what those needs might be, for example a community experiencing a natural disaster may have specific needs for a time.  We ask people to tell us what their particular needs are.

Barriers to access or need may be experienced by people based on the following:

  • Low socio-economic status.
  • Gender or sexual orientation.
  • Disability/accessibility/chronic health conditions.
  • Mental health challenges including people with addiction.
  • Culture or ethnicity.
  • Isolation – for example rural or other isolation.
  • Age – in most cases this will be the under 25s and those over 65.
  • Any other specific vulnerability or disadvantage where there is evidence of need.

Ready to apply?

To discuss your application, please contact one of our Funding Team or phone us on freephone 0508 266 878 or apply now.

If you need someone to help you in person - give us a ring or send us an email and we can arrange to come to your place. 

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