Helping You - COVID-19 Resources

Useful Resources

Below are some useful resources / links to help our Not for Profit sector, we will continue to update as we gather information and useful links. Please share any helpful resources you have found with and we can add it to this page, drop it into our eNewsletter and/ or share across social media platforms. We will get through this together Otago.


JBWere Philanthropic Services For-Purpose Covid-19 Technical Bulletin

This JBWere NZ For-Purpose Covid-19 Technical Bulletin provides a summary of the central government support currently available to charities and other for-purpose organisations during COVID-19. The brief includes the support announced in the 2020 Budget, as well as the post budget announcement for sport and recreation.


Charities Services

Information is available on the Charities Services website relating to COVID-19 for registered charities.

The following areas are covered:

  • how Charities Services will be working through lockdown period
  • information on COVID-19 for registered charities
  • information on how to support charities for the public
  • other useful resources for charities

Visit their website for more information.


Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora / Ministry of Social Development

Financial support is available for individuals and employers and the government has earmarked $27 million to keep NGOs and community groups going. There is a lot of information to digest and make sense of, we would encourage you to talk to your professional service advisor (i.e., accountant) to help answer any questions you may have.

Common questions on support for employers during COVID-19


Inland Revenue Department 

Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19.


Support for Māori communities and businesses

The Government has developed a plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19.

This includes a whole of government approach to providing health, social and economic support tailored to meet the specific needs of Māori.

This includes:

  • a Whānau Māori Community and Mārae package reprioritising $10 million from the Māori Development vote to support community outreach
  • Māori Health and Whānau Ora response with $30 million targeted directly to Māori Health services and an extra $15 million to Whānau Ora commissioning agencies
  • Supporting Māori Businesses and engaging with Māori with $1 million of funding to enable a needs assessment for Māori businesses, and $470,000  to Te Arawhiti to engage and work with iwi on their COVID-19 pandemic response plans.


Covid19 Social Impact Dashboard

The Salvation Army Covid-19 Social Impact Dashboard assesses the current social impacts

The next Social Impact Dashboard (released 22 May) will evaluate the Budget 2020 through the lens of the five areas on our Dashboard: food security, financial hardship, housing, addictions, and income support and employment.


Funding Resources

NZ Government Funding Support

For specific NZ Government based funding, including the response funds for Sport NZ, Creative NZ and Community Groups, click across to our dedicated NZ Government Funding Support page (link below)


Otago Community Trust COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund is our response to support community organisations to cope through the crisis, and thereby to support the community itself.

Click across to our dedicated COVID-19 Response Fund page to learn about this funds objectives and criteria. 


Strategic Grants

The Strategic Grants Team have a dedicated page that summarises alot of the COVID-19 Funds available to community groups, including our own Otago Community Trust COVID-19 Fund.

A number of these are regional specific funds, however some are new dedicated national funds that may be applicable for Otago based organisations. The webpage also provides a good summary of Funder's, predominantly Gaming Trusts that have postponed and cancelled funding rounds also.


Volunteering Resources 

There are 17 regional Volunteer Centres around New Zealand. Each are taking the details of people offering to help during COVID-19.The Volunteer Centre network has mobilised to take expressions of interest from those available to help. Each centre will be working within their own communities infrastructure, and with Civil Defence.

Get in touch with the local Otago based centre's to connect with opportunities to collaborate.

Volunteering Otago -

Volunteering Central -

Government Guidelines


Health and Wellbeing 

All Right?

At this time, it's more important than ever for us to be kind, keep in touch and band together. Here All Right? share some of the simple things we can do to look after ourselves and others, and to get through this, together

Not All Right?
We all need a bit of support from time-to-time, and if you or someone you know is struggling, there is free help available. Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543354 or text HELP to 4357.



ProtectOurWhakapapa website has some great resources that have been specifically developed for Māori communities. Resources are in both Te Reo and English, doing their best to bring together simple, clear, trustworthy information that can help education everyone about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website also has links to official, up-to-date information and a wide array of other resources, including a collection of apps, resources, and services that may help whānau with the different challenges faced during the lockdown.


Mental Health New Zealand 

COVID-19 is changing our daily lives. It’s important to look after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together. The number one message Mental Health NZ want New Zealanders to hear is this: "we will get through this if we work together". Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you.

You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.


New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

NZIWR have great resources that will support you and those you care for during this period. They will also post regular support information on their website:

Click here to download our brief guide for coping in the days ahead based on the best of science and their expert experiences.