The second annual round of the Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund (RWLF) will see up to $200,000 in grants being distributed to projects, activities and organisations that work to improve mental health outcomes for the rainbow community.

The RWLF was founded through a $1 million endowment from the New Zealand Government in 2019 in recognition of the men who were convicted for consensual homosexual activities pre-1986.

After the Fund was announced, it was agreed that it would be held and administered by The Rule Foundation, given the alignment with the Foundation’s kaupapa and focus. In early 2021, a further endowment of $800,000 was made to the Foundation by the New Zealand Government.

“We are delighted to continue supporting initiatives to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Rainbow communities,’ says Rule Foundation Chair Joy Liddicoat. “The available funding has doubled this year, making it the largest single grant round specifically for Rainbow communities in the country.”

There will be a funding pool of $200,000 available during this round, and multi year grants will be considered.

Key information: 

  • The second annual round of the Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund opens on 1st June 2021
  • The round closes on 31st July 2020

Further information, including more detailed criteria and the application process can be found here: