Funding now available for community kai initiative

Published on 07 March 2023

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Northland’s successful sustainable kai initiative, the Kai Ora Fund, is open for applications.

The Kai Ora Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 and project support for community-led initiatives that increase the availability of healthy kai, address food security, and improve community resilience. Community groups, whānau trusts, social enterprises, and small businesses are invited to apply.

The Kai Ora Fund has supported nearly 250 grassroots projects since it began in 2015. Last year, 42 community projects across Tai Tokerau received a total of $141,195 to support initiatives including māra kai for marae, projects on whenua Māori, and education and capacity-building workshops to help people grow fresh food. 

The Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Mahitahi Hauora, Northland District Health Board, Te Puni Kōkiri, Far North District Council, Whangārei District Council, Kaipara District Council, the Ministry of Social Development, Foundation North, and Healthy Families Far North. Together they support community initiatives that address food security in Northland through annual grants and project support.

Applications close at 12pm on Friday 24 March 2023.

For more information or to apply, visit or contact Mahitahi Hauora on or (09) 438 1015.