Helping You - COVID-19 Resources

  • 26-Mar-20
  • News Announcements

Otago Community Trust want you to know that we are committed to supporting our community at this difficult time. Our team are now working remotely and you are welcome to contact us to discuss how we could help you in these difficult times. The most reliable way to contact us right now is via email:

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.


NZ Government - $27 million committed to support social sector services and community groups

The Government has announced a $27 million dollar package, to support social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Up to $16 million will be to bolster existing essential social sector services delivered by NGOs and up to $6 million is funding for disability Community Participation providers.

Full Media Release can be viewed HERE

Community and Preparedness Grant Fund

As part of the Government’s response package to COVID-19, up to $4.8 million will also be to provide community grants or fund innovative community-led solutions to support local resilience via the Community and Preparedness Grant Fund. This new funding is being prioritised to support community efforts on the ground. This recognises there are community groups and individuals doing critical work in the fight against COVID-19. This funding allows them to continue to support their communities and help them through challenges they may face in the coming months.


Charities Services

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


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


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.  

Creative New Zealand are still working through the details and will provide more information on the criteria and application process for the Resilience Grants and Short-term Relief for Investment Clients as soon as possible. The fund opening date is 14 April 2020.


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.


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.


Ministry of Education - Learning from home

This website contains advice and resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary to support learning at home. The resources are sorted in age groups and year levels to help you find things that you can use or adapt for your children’s learning. 

The Ministry of Education team will be adding more resources in the coming days and weeks, so it is well worth book marking it and reviewing regularly.




OCC - Wellbeing

COVID-19: Free Online Seminars

  • 30-Mar-20
  • Links Useful Announcements

Otago Regional Business Partner Covid-19 Support - new online seminars announced. This service is funded by government and delivered by the Otago Chamber of Commerce.

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NZ Government provides $27 million for NGOs and community groups

  • 27-Mar-20
  • News Announcements

A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups.

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COVID-19 - Our Update: We will get through this together Otago

  • 24-Mar-20
  • News Announcements

Our staff are working remotely. We are still accepting applications and you are welcome to contact us to discuss how we could help you in these difficult times.

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Dunedin Prison

Dunedin Prison receives funding boost for stage two restoration

  • 03-Mar-20
  • News Media Release

Otago’s historic Dunedin Prison is gearing up to commence further restoration work in the coming months.

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