Previous funding rounds

Here are some of the projects we've already funded through the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund. 

Funding in round one

$4.1 million was released in the first round of the fund and was announced on 15 March 2020. It focused on initiatives that aim to support one or more of the following vulnerable groups:

  • Māori
  • Pacific Peoples
  • wāhine/women
  • rangatahi/young people
  • migrants and refugees
  • kaumātua/older people
  • the rainbow community
  • people with disabilities.


The following list provides the recipients of the first funding round and the grant amount for each project.




Grant Amount

Kāhui Tū Kaha



Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua


Arohanui ki te Tangata

Provide housing with on-site professional and peer support for a specific target group who would benefit from being housed together.







Auckland City Mission

Provide intensive, 24/7 support and on-site management of single-site supported housing for people who are struggling to, or who have been unable to sustain tenancies in Housing First programmes.


One Double Five Whare Awhina Community House



Mahitahi Hauora PHE

Whangarei Youth Space

Ngāti Hine Health Trust

Northland Urban Rural Mission

Pehiaweri Marae

Te Ora Hou Inc
Develop a Youth Housing Plan for Whangarei taitamariki experiencing homelessness.  $245,000

RainbowYOUTH Auckland

Te Ngākau Kahukura

Auckland  Council

Develop a toolkit and a competency programme to build capacity across the wider Auckland region to enable an effective and safe response to the housing needs of rainbow youth communities.


Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga


Whatever it Takes

Provides a kaupapa Māori service that aims to foster strong relationships with whānau who have been identified as chronically homeless using the Pōwhiri Poutama process.

$1 million

Takiri Mai o Te Ata Collective


Lower Hutt

Aro Mai Housing First Collaboration


Petone Budget Service Inc

Develop a Wa Kāinga Housing Hub which offers a single point of access to a range of services using a Whānau Ora approach for whānau who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.


Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust


Manaaki Ora Trust

Initiate a Te Arawa housing alliance to address homelessness in the Rotorua area and provide Te Arawa centric financial wānanga to support individuals and whānau experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.

$1 million

Published: September 6, 2021