MAS Foundation LogoWhat do we fund?

MAS Foundation has been established to make a difference to the health 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.

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 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 focused on improving the health of those who have the greatest difficulty achieving good health outcomes.  This may be a result of (but is not limited to) ethnicity, language barriers, health literacy level, financial status or geographic location.

We are particularly interested in projects that are run by or partner with Hapū, Iwi, Marae and other Māori 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 programs
  • Research
  • Projects designed to improve collaboration across sectors
  • Innovative approaches or ideas

What can’t be funded?

We can't fund applications with a focus outside our strategic areas, projects based outside New Zealand, or retrospective project costs (those that have already been completed).

What is the application process?

Small Grants Application:

Applications for up to and including $10,000 can be made at any time by emailing, with the subject line “small grants application and your organisational name

Grants Rounds for grants $10,001 - 70,000:

Will be via a website link asking for basic applicant information, after which we will make contact with you.

  • Funding Round #1 – open 1 - 28 February 2021
  • Funding Round #2 – open 1 June 2021 - 31 July 2021

Large Grants applications >$70,000 or multi-year grants:

Applications can be made by emailing, with the subject line “large grants application and your organisational name

What should be included in a Grants Round application?

MAS Foundation do not have a pre-formatted application form.

We welcome proposals in written, audio or video formats.

If you need assistance with writing a proposal, please make direct contact with us at

Please include:

  • What you want to/are doing
  • Why it’s important
  • Who will be delivering the project and who will benefit
  • How much money the proposal is for (and please include a budget)
  • If you need any non-financial support for the project to be successful
  • How long will the project run (if relevant)
  • What you see as a good outcome / measure for the effectiveness of your work