Hapori Māori Innovation and Development Fund - Open


The purpose of the Ōtepoti COVID-19 Innovation and Development Fund for hapori Māori is to support new initiatives and projects within Ōtepoti/Dunedin that enhance social and economic wellbeing.   Projects can address whole community needs or provide opportunities for specific groups such as rakatahi, wāhine or kaumātua.

The Fund is a partnership between the Dunedin City Council and Otago Community Trust, which are each contributing $60,000 toward grants in 2020-21 only.

The Fund was established in acknowledgement of hardships and issues experienced by whānau Māori as a result of COVID-19.  Funding supports innovation and development projects and initiatives that contribute to oraka.

Applying to this fund does not prevent organisations from making a regular grant application to the Otago Community Trust or a grant application to the Dunedin City Council.

Important Information:  Please contact us before making an application so we can provide advice and information to you – Sue Stewart at Otago Community Trust on Ph 479 0994, email sue@oct.org.nz or Mai Tamimi at Dunedin City Council on Ph 477 4000, email community@dcc.govt.nz

What the Fund Supports

Eligible projects and initiatives must meet at least one of the criteria below and must be for the benefit of people living within Ōtepoti/Dunedin City boundaries only –

  • Strengthen participation by Māori within the community
  • Strengthen community connections
  • Provide opportunities for life-long learning
  • Promote oraka for whānau and hapori
  • Celebrate tākata Māori within Ōtepoti/ Dunedin

It is expected that groups and organisations applying will make a minimum 20% contribution to the total cost of the project.  This contribution could include funding from other sources, cash reserves or support such as in-kind staff or volunteer hours. Volunteer hours should be costed at the current Living Wage.

Grant Allocation

The Fund has a total of $90,000 to allocate.  Up to $10,000 can be allocated to each application.  If your application is for a higher amount, please contact Sue Stewart (Sue@oct.org.nz) or Mai Tamimi (community@dcc.govt.nz) to discuss your application before applying.

Applications will be open from 12 April 2021 to 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021.  Applications will be online only.

Grants will be allocated in late December 2020 for this one-off funding.

Reporting will be required from all successful applicants within 12 months of the funding being allocated.

What costs cannot be funded?

  • Overheads (except part of a project)
  • Maintenance
  • Capital projects
  • Travel overseas
  • Attendance at conferences
  • Religious services or activities promoting / supporting specific religions
  • Funding for individuals or specific whanau
  • Projects that are not undertaken within Ōtepoti Dunedin or that support people living outside this community
  • Costs related to New Zealand citizens / residents returning from overseas such as accommodation, clothing or air travel.

What projects cannot be funded?

  • Projects that are already funded and delivered prior to 1 September 2020.
  • Projects that have already received funding support from Otago Community Trust or the Dunedin City Council.
  • Reimbursement for loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

Who Can Apply?

Any group undertaking a new project or initiative that will benefit oraka Māori within Ōtepoti/Dunedin, and where the project or initiative meets the criteria.

Groups not registered with the Charities Commission must have a named fundholder organisation working with them to hold the grant funds. If groups do not have a named fundholder and need advice, contact Sue Stewart (Sue@oct.org.nz) or Paul Coffey (community@dcc.govt.nz) before applying to the fund

Partnerships (more than one organisation partnering to apply for a shared project or initiative).

Fundholder organisations can apply for their own project if separate to another it holds funds for. The application cannot be for the same project or initiative.

Who Cannot Apply?

  • Government organisations
  • Organisations that cannot evidence a partnership with Māori or benefit to Māori
  • Community Boards

Information Required

  • Complete the online application
  • Project budget
  • Bank account number
  • Latest Annual Accounts
  • Letters of support from established Māori organisations not involved in the project or initiative.
  • Contact details for main applicant and one other representative


All successful grant recipients will be required to complete an Accountability Form within 12 months of the funding being allocated.

Apply HERE