Announcing the increased funding, Minister of Internal Affairs Albert Nicholas said Government will provide an on-going annual increase to the Social Impact Fund of $60,000 from July 1, 2015.
Minister Nicholas pointed out the areas of great need.
“These funds will be specifically dedicated to assist with the provision of services by Non-Government Organisations in the Pa Enua, particularly in the areas of mental health and disabilities.”.
Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Bredina Drollet welcomes the increased resources. Drollet says that while there has been a steady increase in efforts to address mental health and disability issues in Rarotonga, there is a need to reach out to communities in the Pa Enua who face the challenges in looking after family with disabilities or mental health issues.
The Social Impact Fund is a joint fund supported by the Cook Islands Government and the New Zealand Aid programme.
Established in 2012, it provides contestable financial grant funding to non-governmental organisations for the delivery of services in social priority areas identified by Government, including disabilities, women and domestic violence.