Distribution of funding
Family and Community Services administers contracts worth nearly $100 million for services delivered by community-based organisations to support families and communities.
Funding is administered either by our team from national office or from one of our four regional offices.
Funding delivered nationally is for services delivered by national organisations or that have a national focus. A good example is Family Start Study Awards, which are administered nationally to support regionally delivered Family Start Services.
National initiatives are those that are administered from a national perspective and have either a short-term tenure to meet immediate or urgent needs in the community or support a current government strategy.
An example of this is the Community Response Fund, which is a short-term response to meeting the non-governmental organisation sectors' needs during a period of economic uncertainty.
Other national funding is for services that are initially administered from a national perspective prior to being rolled out in the regions, such as the Breakaway holiday programmes. These services are administered nationally particularly if there is high interest in the introduction of the service and may need further development (ie. a pilot) before being administered regionally.
Regional funding ensures funding decisions are made as close as possible to where the provider of the services and the families benefitting from the services are located.
Many regionally funded services are considered core services for Family and Community Services and support the ongoing development and support of the provider sector to deliver quality services.
In addition, regional funding ensures there are ground-floor feedback loops to the regions where services need to be adjusted to suit local needs.
This ensures regionally funded services are responsive and reflect as much as possible community interests and needs.
Family and Community Services is constantly assessing the social services landscape and receives information from many different sources to help ascertain where funding is best invested in communities across the country.
Our funding is grouped under these categories:
- Community Response Fund
- budget advice services
- information and advice services
- Heartland services
- non-governmental organisations capacity building
- non-governmental organisations
- study awards
- Settling In: refugee and migrant social services
- Community Initiatives Fund
- sector umbrella groups
- Māori whānau
- Well Child
- Early Years service hubs
- Family Service Centres
- Family Start
- Family Start Study Awards
- HIPPY - Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters
- Roots of Empathy
- Strengthening Families
- teenage parent service co-ordinators
- Parents Centre
Youth intervention services
- Youth Services
- integrated case management
- community youth workers
- youth parenting programmes
- Breakaway school holiday programmes
- SKIP - Strategies with Kids - Information for Parents
- PAFT - Parents As First Teachers
- SAGES - Older people as mentors
- WTITO - Whānau Toko I Te Ora
Safe and caring families - our family violence prevention services
- family violence prevention education
- Community Action Fund
- children and young people who witness family violence
- elder abuse and neglect prevention services
- family violence funding co-ordination networks (Te Rito)
- E Tū - taking action