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 or unexpected costs due to coronavirus, and offers additional support to community groups.

Individuals or businesses engaged in delivery of a community event effected by COVID-19 restrictions are also eligible to apply.

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.

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. Submissions close at 4pm on 5 June 2023.

We recommend you read the fund guidelines before applying.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Guidelines(PDF, 172KB)

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