Our Funding Approach

Our approach to proactive grant-making is grounded in our values, which shape our actions:

1. Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui - Be bold, be brave, be steadfast:

We strive to be impactful, to make a difference, empower innovation and push the boundaries, challenging the norm for the greater good.

We are committed to operationalising our Te Tiriti o Waitangi commitment to ensure hauora for tangata whenua.

We believe in and embrace a just and fair society for all people in Aotearoa, especially communities most impacted by inequity such as our Pasifika peoples.

We acknowledge institutional racism results in inequitable health and wellbeing outcomes and requires system-wide change.

2. Tika, pono me te aroha - Doing what is right with integrity and fairness, love and compassion:

We strive to be respectful, open, honest and transparent in our communication and active listeners.

We are committed to whakamana those we engage with, in empowering relationships, empowering people, whānau and communities.

We embrace this Samoan proverb: “E fofō e le alamea le alamea” (Let the issues within the communities be resolved by those in the communities) recognising solutions are within communities.

3. Whiria te tangata - Weaving people together:

We prioritise whanaungatanga (relationship building), va fealoa’i/toka’i (respectful relationships) to develop strong connections underpinned by reciprocity (tauhi vā) and humility (loto tō), respect and trust. Awhi mai, awhi atu - we value the strength of collaboration (ngāue fakataha) and partnership.

In this respect, we embrace this whakataukī: “Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi” – with your food basket (contribution) and my food basket, the people will all prosper.

“MAS Foundation has a purpose to improve health and wellbeing equity and honour the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  We prioritise these important areas through our work with a focus on forming partnerships and sustainable long-term systems change."

Our Focus Areas

  • MAS Foundation’s work is guided by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We support communities engaging in partnership approaches with tangata whenua.
  • MAS Foundation supports health and wellbeing equity innovation. We support initiatives aiming to tackle significant health and wellbeing equity issues.
  • MAS Foundation prioritises support for community-led initiatives.

We look for programmes and initiatives that are led by communities most impacted by inequity, especially Māori and Pasifika. We look for partnership approaches to tackling these issues.

  • MAS Foundation looks to fund programmes with potential systems change impact. We support initiatives with the potential to be self-sustaining within communities and the potential to challenge established ways of doing things.

Please read the MAS Foundation’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi Position Statement.

What can be funded?

  • Innovative approaches or ideas to improve health and wellbeing equity in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Pilot projects for service delivery that embrace Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership
  • Health Education, Literacy and Promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health and wellbeing by improving the exchange of health-related information between health professionals and consumers
  • Funding support for evaluation of existing programmes
  • Health and Wellbeing Equity Research: Generally, we fund community-governed and community-led research that does not have easy access to other health research funding sources like the Health Research Council, the Marsden Fund, or MBIE. We prioritise funding Kaupapa Māori and Pasifika-led research and support for evaluation of existing community-led programmes.
  • Projects designed to improve collaboration across sectors

What we don't fund:

  • Proposals that are outside of our strategic focus areas and do not have a strong pro-equity lens
  • Projects that are not aligned with our approach to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Individual study or training, projects based outside Aotearoa New Zealand, or retrospective project costs (those that have already been completed)
  • DHB and DHB/Hospital Foundations

Enquire for Funding

MAS Foundation is committed to improving health and wellbeing for people in Aotearoa New Zealand, and we see our role as backing great people doing great things.

  • We take a high-trust and relationships-based approach to our grant-making, moving beyond ‘transactional grant-making’ to a ‘transformational’ approach.
  • We take a proactive approach to grant-making, prioritising whanaungatanga, relationships and networking.
  • We have an ‘open-door’ policy so please get in touch via the Enquiry for Funding Form.

If you need assistance with answering the Enquiry for Funding Form online, contact us at foundation@mas.co.nz