The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has launched the Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fundwhich has been created to help charitable organisations and community groups help tāngata whaiora (or those of us who live with mental health and addictions challenges) to get through COVID-19 together.

Funded by the Ministry of Health, the Fund aims to help our tāngata whaiora stay connected, supported and informed during COVID-19 by awarding mental health and addictions services or initiatives with up to $20,000.

MHF aims to help communities through grants of up to $20,000 from a total pool of $200,000. Mental health charities, organisations and/or initiatives can be those that are currently underway and are struggling or initiatives that are in the planning stage that needs that extra helping hand with the impacts of COVID-19.

“For those of us living with mental health and addiction challenges, things can feel a bit overwhelming at this time. We want to encourage innovative projects that will help our communities to flourish,” MHF chief executive, Shaun Robinson said.

The MHF has a long tradition of supporting and encouraging the lived experience community to whiti/shine in the form of community grants.

If you’ve been planning a COVID-19 project that requires funding, then this Fund could bring help to bring your vision to life.

Applications are open now, with completed applications required by 5pm on Wednesday 28 May.

If this sounds like you, apply via the Fund’s online application form. You can also access a tips page on how to apply for more guidance.