NZ Government Funding Support

Social Sector Services and Community Groups

A $27 million dollar package, has been provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The package supports services that:

  • Ensure people have access to the food and other goods they need to survive
  • Provide a place for people to live
  • Support disabled people to maintain critical wellbeing
  • Keep families safe from harm and offer crisis support

To ensure that essential services continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate action will be taken to provide:

  • Up to $16 million to bolster existing essential social sector services delivered by NGOs so they can continue to support individuals, families, whānau and communities at risk through uncertain circumstances and respond to increased demand
  • Up to $6 million funding for disability Community Participation providers to put in place appropriate health mitigations for the current group orientated services and provide support for disabled people in lock-down
  • Up to $4.8 million to provide community grants or fund innovative community-led solutions to support local resilience - Now Closed. 

Full Media Release can be viewed HERE


Sport NZ - Community Resilience Fund

Sport NZ has announced a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for organisations at all levels of the play, active recreation and sport sector. The key feature of the relief package is the $15 million Community Resilience Fund to help struggling local and regional sport and recreation organisations.

This is great news for our regional sporting bodies who work so very hard across our region keeping local play, active recreation and sport alive.

This Fund will be administered and distributed by New Zealand’s 14 Regional Sports Trusts, in Otago this is the team Sport Otago.

The Fund is now open for applications.


Creative New Zealand

A multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package has been established to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19. Note that the Creative New Zealand overall Emergency Response Package offers support to individual artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations, as well as their investment clients. Take a look at their website to review each opportunity to see where you fit.  

The first phase of Creative New Zealand’s Emergency Response Package has two components Resilience Grants and Short-term Relief for Investment Clients

Under the Resilience Grants, there are two funding opportunities:

Emergency Relief Grant

  • This is a rolling grant designed to contribute to people’s loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to Covid-19.  This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ Wage Subsidy to ensure artists and arts practitioners receive $25 per hour for their lost income, aligning to Creative New Zealand’s policy for paying artists and arts practitioners fairly. 
  • Eligibility criteria requires people to have gone to WINZ first; have “a track record of success” (the definition of this is outlined) and be able to show that their main source of income is derived from their arts practice.
  • Results are given within 5 days

Full details on this grant can be found here:

Arts Continuity Grant

  • This is also a rolling grant with weekly decisions and is for grants up to $50k.
  • It’s for short-term arts projects, or a stage of an arts project, that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19. Projects can include the creation and/or presentation of new work. Projects that were submitted to the funding rounds that were suspended can be reframed and resubmitted.
  • There is some eligibility criteria specific to this fund (i.e. excludes funding for international travel and physical gatherings).  This fund will not cover any costs or losses incurred as a result of Covid-19
  • Full details on this grant can be found here:

Short-term Relief for Investment Clients for existing investment clients and on top of existing funding, with priority given to those materially negatively impacted by COVID-19, to help them stabilise their businesses and remain viable.

For more detailed information visit the Creative New Zealand website.


Ethnic Communities Development Fund

The Office for Ethnic Communities at DIA has repurposed the Ethnic Communities Development Fund that helps ethnic
communities better connect and take part in society. The standing priorities of the Fund have been suspended to instead
support ethnic communities navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

The $4.2m annual grant fund is now available for projects or activities that provide alternative means of staying socially
connected, employment initiatives, and community resilience and recovery. Ethnic groups with legal status (including
trusts and incorporated societies) can apply for over $10,000 per application.

Ethnic communities for the purposes of this fund includes migrants, former refugees, long-term settlers, and those born
in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as African, Asian, Continental European, Latin American, or Middle Eastern.
Budget 2020 establishes a $36m fund to support community groups to respond directly to COVID-19 and its impacts,
and its particular focus includes those supporting refugee and migrant communities (in addition to those supporting
Māori and Pasifika)



Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund 

The COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund aims to accelerate the operational deployment of innovative solutions in order to support responses to COVID-19, and alleviate the direct impacts of the virus threat, and provide rapid short-term support to New Zealand based entities to develop and more quickly deploy a range of new products, processes, or services.

The initial size of the Fund is $25 million (excluding GST). Minimum proposal size is expected to be $50,000 (excluding GST).

Any New Zealand legal entity with research and development or innovation staff working in New Zealand. Further details on the eligibility criteria, can be found in the fact sheet

COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund Fact Sheet