Covid-19 Response Funding & Assistance

Here you will find a list of funding and assistance available during your response to COVID-19.  This list will be continually updated so please do check back in for updates. We advise you to contact your funding and contracting organisations to give them an update of your current service delivery status. 



Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund

The Fund re-opened on 10 March 2021 and closes on 7 April 2021

A new $40 million lottery fund has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in the wake of COVID-19.  

Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund provides one-off grants for community or social initiatives that increase the strength and resilience of communities that are responding to the impacts of COVID-19.

This Fund supports hapū, iwi and community organisations that have lost funding or have an increased demand on their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and community or social initiatives that strengthen community resilience and respond to the impacts of COVID-19.

All requests will be considered in May 2021, with final decisions by the end of May 2021

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Creative New Zealand

An overview of opportunities across the financial year 2020/2021 (1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021).

This does not include everything we offer and will continue to be updated as we confirm more funding opportunities. Learn more about when funding opportunities open by subscribing to the Creative New Zealand newsletter. Full details of any opportunity will be published when it opens.


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Guidance for Foodbanks, Food Rescue and Community Food Services during Covid Alrert Levels

For further information about help assistance for organisations providing Foodbanks, Food Rescue and Community Food Services. This information may be updated more regularly as alert levels change  

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Ministry of Education - COVID 19 Urgent Response Fund

Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on children and young people

Schools, kura and early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo can now apply for funds to help address attendance issues, re-engagement in learning and wellbeing  for children and young people following the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Regional groups of leaders are working with the Director of Education, to identify priority needs in each region. These regional groups decide how the local allocation of the $50 million fund is best distributed, to make a difference to attendance and re-engagement in learning for children and young people.

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Ethnic Communities Development Fund

There is $4.2 million a year available through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

The fund is available for projects that support ethnic communities to grow their skills, celebrate their culture and take part in society. It is also available for initiatives that support our communities as they deal with the challenges of COVID-19. For a full list of the priorities of the fund follow the link to their website.

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COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment

If you’re staying at home because you’re waiting on a COVID-19 test result and you cannot work from home, your employer could apply for the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment. This payment is also available to self-employed people.

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COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

If you need to self-isolate and you cannot work from home, your employer (or you, if you are self-employed) can apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme.

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COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

The Wage Subsidy Scheme will be in place if there is an escalation to Alert Levels 3 or 4 anywhere in New Zealand, for 7 days or more.

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