01 Sep

$1 million fund for initiatives supporting the mental wellbeing of youth

The Ministry of Health has brought forward the launch of a fund for grassroots initiatives supporting the mental wellbeing of youth impacted during this time of COVID-19.

The Youth Community Mental Wellbeing Fund will provide grants of up to $100,000, with a priority in youth in Northland and Auckland and those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 response, including Pasifika.

In their press release the Ministry confirms, “We know that the impacts are likely to be greater for the Pacific community and young people. Research on the impacts of lockdowns in 2020 indicates youth may be more vulnerable due to their life stage and the fact housing and employment is typically more transient.  Meanwhile, Delta has permeated the Pacific community in Auckland especially.”
“We want to support community initiatives that are already doing good work, or that can stand up quickly, and welcome applications from a range of small organisations including sporting organisations, student associations, kaupapa Māori, pacific, rainbow and other non-Government organisations, clubs/interest groups etc.”
The application process is via the Ministry’s website. Applications close on 6 September, with grant funds expected to be in place for successful applicants before the end of September.  
If you have any questions please email: MHAGrants@health.govt.nz You can read the full media release here