Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation launches $400,000 Thriving in Murihiku Contestable Fund

Thriving in Murihiku grants of $400,000 available to create positive outcomes for local rangatahi

Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation will be opening the $400,000 Thriving in Murihiku contestable grant on January 24th 2022. This fund is focused on creating more equitable outcomes for young people in Murihiku with a focus on those living in Waihöpai and Arawua.  The fund is part of the Vodafone Foundation’s long-term, multi-faceted approach to help support rangatahi in Southland.

Lani Evans, Head of Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation, says there is incredible work already happening in the region to support rangatahi and the Foundation hopes to deepen the impact of this work, support collaborative efforts, and identify innovative new solutions through its contestable fund.

“We have spent 2021 building relationships, listening to local perspectives and talking to young people impacted by exclusion and disadvantage.

“We believe in local solutions to local problems and this fund is designed to support community organisations doing the hard mahi in Murihiku, so that they can deliver better outcomes for rangatahi.”

Applications for funding are open from Monday 24 January to Monday 28 February 2022 and the Vodafone Foundation will accept applications of up to $100,000.

Organisations must be looking to support work focused on young people between the age of 12 to 24 who are under-served and under-resourced and primarily living in Invercargill or Bluff – though applications for wider Southland will be considered. There are three focus areas for funding: building future pathways, creating connection, and supporting Mäori aspirations. You can read the Foundations funding strategy for the region here.

“We really want to hear from organisations whose kaupapa aligns with our vision to foster lasting, positive change for rangatahi in Murihiku.  We want young people in Southland, and ultimately all of Aotearoa, to have access to a wide range of future opportunities. We are particularly looking to fund work that supports Mäori aspirations, helps young people navigate pathways into high quality employment, and increases connection to, and understanding of, the digital world.”

“As responsible Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners it’s really important that we support organisations that help rangatahi Mäori reconnect to whakapapa and culture, and those that are actively working to dismantle and challenge structural racism,” says Lani.

For more information on the funding criteria and application process for The Thriving in Murihiku Contestable Fund see https://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/funding-information/.