Why these outcomes & priorities?

To better understand the priorities and aspirations of our communities, we have undertaken research, including interviews with key stakeholders and surveys of our grantees. The resulting evidence has helped us to develop a set of outcomes and priorities that we want for communities in Auckland and Northland.

These outcomes and priorities help us to decide what to fund – our funding decisions are guided by the degree to which an organisation can show that the purpose of its application aligns with the outcomes and priorities we want to contribute to.

The difference we want to make

Our community funding programmes are designed to support initiatives that can help enhance the lives of everyone in our region. We look for applications that demonstrate progress towards this vision.

Your application must align with at least one of the outcomes that we want for our regions, and ideally, address one of our priorities. 

The outcomes we want to contribute to for Auckland and Northland are:

Increased participation

More people take part in recreation, sports, the arts, cultural activities and other community programmes and events that are life-enhancing.

Increased social equity

All people, families and communities are able to access housing, health, education, employment and enterprise opportunities.
This is about fairness and equity of access, not about treating everyone the same. Improving social equity for targeted groups will address imbalances or gaps. Improving social equity takes into account factors which prevent certain people from achieving the same level of health/social outcomes as others.

Enhanced environmental wellbeing

Our natural world and its biodiversity is conserved and restored for today – and for future generations.

Increased family and whānau resilience

People have the skills, strategies and networks that they need to achieve and maintain wellbeing, especially during adverse situations.
We recognise the importance of wider familial networks in supporting the resilience and wellbeing of individuals. Communities are Engaged, Connected (cultural capital like sense of place, belonging), Resourced (investments in knowledge and learning) and Empowered (leadership and self-determination).

Increased community capability and self-determination

Communities have the skills, leaders and capabilities needed to drive and sustain positive local change, determine their own solutions to issues and achieve their aspirations.
Addressing income and employment disparities by supporting local action to create economic development opportunities - including income generation, micro-enterprise, social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Increased inclusion and social cohesion

Connections are built within and between communities, creating an environment in which people feel included and that they belong. This includes people's engagement and appreciation of the arts, culture, heritage and their engagement in community programmes/events.

Enhanced cultural vibrancy

Our diverse communities are recognised and celebrated, our heritage and history are preserved, cultural identity is strengthened, and cross-cultural connectedness grows. This includes preserving and enhancing historical and cultural sites, artefacts and heritage.