from Māori in South Island
The $626,000 fund will be spread across 13 agencies, and handed out by the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for the south, Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu.
The funding would assist within urgent areas calling for more support such as mental health support, kai access, housing and vaccination uptake.
Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu chief executive Helen Leahy said whānau were struggling and it was important to find news ways to assist those in need.
"The opportunity we saw from the funding that came from the minister back in September was to find new ways for whānau to be supported, particularly those that may not engage with mainstream services.