We want people to have equitable opportunities to learn throughout their lives as a pathway to reach their potential. Equitable opportunities include access to quality early education, culturally responsive learning, and support to move through different stages of life.
Our priorities are projects, programmes or services:
- Connecting families/whānau and communities to children’s learning and schools based on need
- Enabling the lifting of educational outcomes of Māori and Pasifika children, those with learning needs and those coming from low socio-economic backgrounds
- Reducing barriers to accessing culturally responsive or whānau-centred early childhood education based on need
- Enabling people who face barriers to develop skills, knowledge and confidence throughout their lives
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.
- Read about our additional criteria for programmes in schools.
- 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.
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.
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.