Kai Ora Fund - NOW OPEN

Wednesday 18 December 2019

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The deadline for applications is Monday 23 March 2020 

The 2020 Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Mahitahi Hauora, The Far North District Council, Whangārei District Council, Northland District Health Board, Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc and Kaipara District Council.

Before applying, please read through our Kai Ora Fund programme page for more about our vision, purpose, and the projects we have previously funded. 

Projects funded through the Kai Ora Fund should encourage:

  • increased availability, promotion, or utilisation of local healthy food to increase health and wellbeing (oranga)
  • increased self-sufficiency and community resilience (rangatiratanga)
  • the sharing of food and gardening knowledge, including customary techniques (kaitiakitanga and mātauranga)
  • community cooperation and connection and benefits for the wider community (whanaungatanga)
  • increased regional economic development and local employment opportunities.
  • environmental sustainability and stewardship (kaitiakitanga) 

The Kai Ora fund will prioritise projects that:

Whanaketanga – engage multiple partners and strengthen cooperation and regional development
Promote Equity – prioritise lower socio-economic communities (and in particular children), or people with food security and accessibility issues.
Whakapapa – strenghthen whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities.
Sustainable – we will prioritise projects that show they can sustain their work and impact beyond the initial grant 

The Kai Ora Fund experiences high demand and in previous years we have not been able to support all applications submitted.  There is no guarantee of funding. Applications are prioritised based on the criteria on page one and funds available.  



To be considered for funding:

  • The applicant must complete a fund application form 
  • The applicant must have New Zealand based legal status (for example, be an incorporated society, charitable trust, a not-for-profit company, and so on).  If your organisation is not a legal entity you may partner with an organisation that is. These organisations are referred to as ‘umbrella’ or auspicing organisations.  If you use this approach you will need to work closely with the umbrella organisation and their details must be provided in the application. The umbrella organisation will be the organisation contracted with and it will have the responsibility for managing the funding and ensuring the delivery of the project. A copy of the appropriate certification needs to accompany the application (plus a copy of the formal arrangement with the auspicing organisation). GST registration is not a requirement.
  • We will prioritise projects that closely fit with the Kai Ora criteria, purpose and values on page one.  
  • A total of $52,500 is available for funding in the Far North District Council Area and we aim is to spread the funding relatively evenly between the different Wards of the FNDC area. A total of $37,500 is available for funding in the Whangarei and Kaipara region. The maximum funding available per project will be $5,000. Lesser amounts may be applied for.

All successful projects must send a representative to the Kai Ora workshop in their region and be part of the Kai Ora network. At the Kai Ora ‘workshop day’ contracting details will be confirmed and links, relationships and synergies between projects can be strengthened and project support people will be available to discuss any concerns and arrange ongoing support and mentoring. Workshop dates are:

  • Tuesday 26 May, 10am-3pm in Kaikohe for projects based in the Far North District Council area
  • Wednesday 3 June, 10am-3pm in Whangārei for projects based in the Whangārei and Kaipara District Council areas    

How we manage agreements and monitor delivery and outcomes

You will be given a key contact for delivery and management of the project.  The agreements are structured so you receive funding in advance of the activity.  A final report is required on completion that includes details of how the funds were spent, outcomes achieved, and examples of the difference the project has made to individuals, whānau, hapū and community.   We may also require you to participate in wider evaluation of the Kai Ora project in the future.

Publishing information about funded projects

The Kai Ora Fund will share information on funded projects on our website, through the Kai Ora network of projects and in public communications.  This may include the name of your project, your organisation, key contact people, a short summary of your project and the outcomes of your project. 

Complete your application

This year we are trialing an online form.  We would prefer groups to fill out the form online.  If this cannot be done, and you need a paper/MS Word or PDF copy of the form please email Daniela or Carole (see contact details on previous page).    

Unfortunately, the online form cannot be saved and must be filled in all at once.  It may be easier to print it out – work as a team to agree on the project, write notes and answers to questions and get approval from the trust/legal entity and then fill in the online form in one sitting.   

Click here to fill out the Kai Ora Fund Application

We encourage all people/groups that are interested in applying to get in touch and talk through their ideas. We want the projects we fund to make a positive difference to people and communities in Tai Tokerau and we are here to encourage and support those who wish to apply. Feel free to contact one of our team:

Ken Ross – Community Development Advisor, Far North District Council
Email: Ken.Ross@fndc.govt.nz
Phone: 021 570 174

Daniela Johnson – Wellbeing/Health Promotion Coordinator Kai Ora, Mahitahi Hauroa
Email: Daniela.johnson@mahitahihauora.co.nz
Phone: 021 837 717 or 09 438 1015

Carole Stiles - Wellbeing/Health Promotion Design & Delivery Administrator, Mahitahi Hauora
Email: Carole.stiles@mahitahihauora.co.nz
Phone: 09 438 1015 or 027 208 8524

Karen Tasker – Regional Business Analyst, Te Puni Kōkiri
Email: Karen.tasker@tpk.govt.nz
Phone: 027 226 4245

Nicole Stanton – Community Development Adviser, Whangārei District Council
Email: Nicole.Stanton@wdc.govt.nz
Phone: 021 243 1494

Jenny Rooney - Community Funding Coordinator, Kaipara District Council
Email: Jrooney@kaipara.govt.nz
Freephone: 0800 727 059, mobile: 027 702 8126
DDI: 09 439 1228