Fund for Good

Manawanui’s Fund for Good is an innovation programme which awards grants to help fund big ideas that cannot be funded through Individualised Funding or other funding sources.

It’s all about self-direction and is one of the ways that Manawanui, as a social enterprise, reinvests profits into initiatives that give customers choice and control about how they live. In previous years our grants supported business entrepreneurs, Special Olympics participation, getting a book published, building a greenhouse, song writing and even chickens! Each big idea met the criteria to enhance self-direction and independence.

Fund For Good 2023 announcement coming soon!

Fund for Good is going under review following the announcement of the successful applicants for 2022. Manawanui is assessing the current process to make sure the next round is bigger and better than the last time. Keep an eye out for the announcement so you can start planning for the next round of applications.

Meet our 2022 winners

Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2022 round of Fund for Good. All the winners were announced live on our Facebook page by our CEO Marsha Marshall and Simon. We look forward to catching up with them in the future as they use their funding to achieve their goals.

How do I apply?

Applications have closed so we are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 round of funding. Please feel free to start working on your application so you don't miss out when it returns for 2023!

Who can apply?

Fund for Good is open to Manawanui customers and agents who have a big idea that doesn’t qualify for funding from anywhere else. Agents can apply on behalf of the person they support or for themselves. If you are an agent for more than one person, you may submit one application per person, per round.

What can the grant be used for?

There are no strict limitations. We are innovators who like to push the boundaries and we encourage you to do the same. Just remember that it needs to be something that IF or other funding sources do not cover.

Some examples are:

  • Education, tuition (including support cost)
  • Taking part in sporting events or training
  • Buying technology
  • Starting or progressing a business idea
  • A research project
  • Leadership development

Application criteria

  • You can only be granted funding once every three years
  • You can apply for either full or partial funding towards your project
  • You can’t fund your idea through your Individualised Funding
  • There must be no other options for sponsorship
  • Your application goal enhances self-direction
  • You can demonstrate there are long term benefits from your idea
  • You must describe your project, the budget needed and the outcomes you expect
  • It promotes an inclusive approach
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow Manawanui to use their details for positive publicity and sharing of stories. Successful applicants must be willing to report on outcomes
  • You may submit one application per person, per funding round/year

How are funds awarded?

An independent panel reviews each application. If your application isn’t successful this time you can re-apply next time funding is available.

What will be expected of me if I am successful?

In the event that your application is successful, you will be expected to report back to Manawanui on the outcomes of your sponsorship. By accepting the funding, you agree to allow Manawanui to profile you and your project for promotional purposes.

Meet customers who have received Fund for Good grants



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