COVID-19 Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Relief Fund recognises the need to support community groups who may have experienced an increase in demand or a loss of income due to coronavirus, and offers additional support to community groups.

It has provided $200,000 in support to the community since 2020.

A further $100,000 is now available to distribute before the end of the 2021-22 financial year. The Finance and Audit Committee recommended the funding allocation on 27 April, with Council approving it on 4 May.

Applications need to be in by 5pm Friday 3 June 2022.

The top-up is not an extra cost to ratepayers. These are redistributed funds that haven’t been spent on planned Council-supported events and programmes because of COVID-19 restrictions.  

The fund assists community groups to survive the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also is available to individuals and businesses delivering a community event who were impacted by COVID-19.

Council has also decided to extend the fund to consider applications to kickstart community events that might not otherwise go ahead because of COVID-19 conditions.

To be considered for funding applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Experience an increase in demand for the applicant's services due to COVID-19
  • A loss of anticipated income due to COVID-19
  • Unexpected costs due to COVID-19.
  • Provide support for the delivery of an event that was cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The restaging of the event must occur between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.

Groups may apply up to four times a year for funding. The limit is $10,000 per application (to an annual total of $20,000). This may include applying for a variation if applicants find that the projected demand at the time of an earlier application has not matched actual demand.

How to apply

Applications are open throughout the year, until all funds have been allocated. We recommend you read the fund guidelines before applying.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Guidelines(PDF, 154KB)

We can also give advice on whether this fund is for you and answer any questions you may have before you submit your application. Please contact the community funding coordinator on 06 356 8199 or email

Apply online using the link below, which will open a page on our SmartyGrants community funding website. Our objective is a rapid response and we aim to assess applications within five working days.

Apply now