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Community groups operating during alert level 4 can access funding

Friday April 3 2020

The Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund is available to community groups providing essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community wellbeing during Covid-19 alert level 4.

This funding is offered and administered by the Ministry of Social Development.

Grants allocated will be one-off, with priority given to requests that support Maori, Pacifika, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated.

The fund has an initial cap of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) per request. Requests for more than this will be considered by exception and may require further documentation.

The fund is available now and will remain available until it has been fully allocated.

Examples of initiatives

  • supporting community efforts to establish new ways of maintaining links with each other while we are physical distancing
  • translation services for published information
  • wider assistance with self-isolation and development of community outreach programmes

How to apply

To apply for a grant, community organisations need to send an email to

Please describe your initiative, provide bank account verification, and attach an invoice showing  itemised costs.

Please send any questions to the same email address.

For more information about eligibility criteria, what can and can't be funded, and the application process, see the document below.