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Latest round of Pasifika Whānau Ora funding announced

Latest round of Pasifika Whānau Ora funding announced


Pacific providers throughout the country will benefit from almost $22 million from the Whānau Ora funding programme in just over two years, to work with Pasifika families within their areas of focus, Pasifika Futures Limited chief executive Mrs Debbie Sorensen says.

$16.5 million of Core Commissioning Funding will be used by twelve providers to deliver Whānau Ora services to Pacific families throughout New Zealand to strengthen and support Pacific families in achieving their aspirations.

Contracts have also been granted to the value of $206k for smaller Pacific owned and led community based organisations to work with Pacific families to achieve their goals. The Small Grant Fund will allow twelve organisations to participate in the Whānau Ora programme, supporting community healthcare, educational tools, churches and individual development projects.

Additional funding of $4.9 million will further support seven innovative and exciting programmes that will demonstrate success in ensuring Pacific families will be financially independent, live long and healthy lives, be educated, skilled and employed.

Mrs Sorensen said it was encouraging to see the level of interest from individuals and different organisations bidding for funding under the three funding streams provided.

“The available funds were well over subscribed in all three funding streams. We received over 130 applications totalling around $35 million annually for core commissioning and innovation funding and approximately $860k for the small grants fund in comparison to the $10m our organisation receives each year to fund the Whānau Ora Pasifika Futures programme.”

“As the Pacific commissioning agency for the Whānau Ora programme, we were impressed with the quality of the submissions and it is expected the partnerships selected will make a positive difference to our Pasifika families.”
“The funding will strengthen our working relationships with Whānau Ora navigators, who play a critical role as brokers for our Pasifika families and will support them to continue to provide the services they offer.”

The funding recipients are required to meet a range of expectations, including annual investment plans and reporting on expenditure and outcomes.

A full list of recipients of each funding stream is available on our website at www.pasifikafutures.co.nz

ENDS.

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