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Ministry of Social Development COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund

What is the grant fund for and who can apply?

We recognise there are community groups and individuals doing critical work in the fight against COVID-19. This grant funding will allow them to keep supporting their communities and help them through any challenges they may face in the coming months.

The Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant fund is available to community groups providing essential community-led solutions that support local resilience and community wellbeing during COVID-19 restrictions.

Grants allocated from the fund will be one-off. Priority is being given to requests that support Maori, Pacific, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated.

How much grant funding is available?

The fund has an initial cap of up to $5,000.00 (excluding GST) per request.

Requests that are more than this initial cap will be considered by exception and we may ask for further documentation.

A total budget of $4.8m (GST exclusive) is available for allocation from this fund.

How long will the grant fund be available?

The fund is available from 26 March 2020 until the fund is fully allocated.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Must be for use by a community-based group
  2. Applications must give details of:
  • How the grant will contribute to essential community-led solutions that support local resilience and community wellbeing through COVID-19
  • Total grant amount and how the amount has been calculated
  • How the capability and capacity needed for the community-led solution can be met.

Some examples of initiatives are:

  • Supporting communities to find and establish new ways of maintaining links and supporting each other, given social distancing and other possible needs
  • Translation services for published information
  • Developing and implementing local plans to get food and supplies to people who can’t access them, through fear of going out due to self-isolation concerns
  • Preparing meals to be distributed from a central place, like a local marae
  • Wider assistance with self-isolation and developing community outreach

What we will not fund:

  • Salaries or administration costs, activities that intend to generate profit, the promotion of commercial, political, or religious objectives, or the purchase of alcohol
  • Wage subsidies or direct financial assistance
  • Major changes in service demand on current services
  • Grants are not to be for the sole benefit of one individual

Monitoring and reporting

MSD will make follow up contact with successful recipients. Fund recipients need to provide a short story about their initiative including:

  • What you did
  • What impact the initiative had
  • How the grant funds were spent

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