MAS Foundation LogoWhat do we fund?

The MAS Foundation has been established to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of people in New Zealand, particularly those communities traditionally underserved by our health system.

We support people and projects that have a strong focus on:


Health equity.


A first 1,000 days of life that is psychologically supported, nutritionally sound and free from harmful substances for both mother and infant.


A childhood with optimal nutritional and oral health.


Psychological wellbeing and positive sexual health for adolescents.

The MAS Foundation will actively and honourably implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi, through its role, scope and function, as a responsible ‘citizen’ of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We look to support people and organisations that do the same. Please read the MAS Foundation’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi Position Statement.

Who do we prioritise?

In all our strategic areas we will prioritise proposals likely to improve health equity.  This means that we focus on improving the health of those who have the greatest difficulty achieving good health and wellbeing outcomes.

We are particularly interested in projects that are run by or partner with Hapū, Iwi, Marae, other Māori organisations, Pacific community groups and organisations.

What can be funded?

  • Health Promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health
  • Health Literacy – improving the exchange of health-related information between health professionals and consumers
  • Health Education
  • Pilot projects for service delivery
  • Funding support for evaluation of existing programmes
  • Research – generally community governed and led research that does not have easy access to other health research funding sources like the Health Research Council, the Marsden Fund, or MBIE etc.
  • Projects designed to improve collaboration across sectors
  • Innovative approaches or ideas to improve health equity in Aotearoa

What we don't fund

We don't fund individual study or training, projects based outside Aotearoa, or retrospective project costs (those that have already been completed).

Projects that are outside of our strategic focus areas are also very unlikely to be funded.

Projects that are not aligned with our approach to Te Tiriti o Waitangi are also unlikely to be funded.

Please do not contact us if your work does not have a strong pro-equity lens.

How do I/we get funding?

The MAS Foundation is committed to improving health and wellbeing for people in Aotearoa, and we see our role as being there to back ‘do-ers’ - great people doing great things.

We take a high-trust and relationships-based approach to our grant-making. This means we do not run ‘arms-length’ grant application rounds that set up a competitive relationship between different do-ers and communities. We want to move beyond ‘transactional grant-making’.

We take a proactive approach to grant-making. We have strong networks, and we seek to find do-ers through environmental scanning, proactive research, and engagement processes.

However, we have an ‘open-door’ policy and if you have a great idea and believe that you are doing great mahi to improve health equity in Aotearoa, and are aligned with our approach to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, then please get in touch.

We have a simple online Enquiry for Funding Form that you can fill in. It asks a few questions about your mahi and who you are. It is not an application form. If we are interested in collaborating with you further, we can take it from there.

If you need assistance with answering the Enquiry for Funding Form online, contact us at