Final round begins for wellbeing funding

Wellbeing initiatives are being encouraged to apply for the final round of Connecting Communities funding.

Applications open on April 8 and close on April 18.

Eligible not-for-profit organisations and groups can apply for up to $1000 to assist with activities and events.

The Connecting Communities microfund is run by Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group, which supports people in Queenstown, Wānaka, Cromwell and Te Anau/Fiordland to connect, look after themselves and one another, and have some fun.

The funding comes from the government’s Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan funding allocated in 2021 to help in recovery from the Covid pandemic. 

It is administered by Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora Southern, directed by  Te Hau Toka and ends on June 30.

Te Hau Toka chairwoman Adell Cox said it was "our last big opportunity to help communities set themselves up to keep prioritising mental health and wellbeing and looking after each other".

It was sad to see the end of Connecting Communities, one of Te Hau Toka’s most successful initiatives, she said.

The previous funding round, in November last year, saw a record $91,500 distributed across 110 initiatives in Queenstown, Wānaka, Te Anau/Fiordland and Cromwell.

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