Funding Available

Hui E! have collated a list of government and philanthropic funding that is available specifically to community organisations and groups responding to and recovering from Covid-19. We will continue updating this page as new information becomes available. If you know of other funding sources, please let us know at

Special offer from Strategic Grants

Needing help to find out what grants your community organisation or group is eligible for? Join up with the GEM Local Online grants management system run by Strategic Grants. GEM Local provides your local community group with a complete grant-seeking solution. Strategic Grants offers a 25% discount for Hui E! supporters with revenue under $1M. GEM Local provides:
  • A customised Grants Calendar finding only the grants relevant to your organisation, according to what you do, where you do it and your legal status
  • Full access to all the grant and funder records on your personalised Grants Calendar
  • Ability to track the progress of your grant applications including when funder reports are due
  • Email alerts about deadlines
  • A Grant-Seeker “How To” manual
  • A 30-minute best practice webinar, writing and grants success checklists
  • Key administration to-do’s and guide to setting up your online presence.
A 25% discount is available to Hui E! members with revenue under $1m access to GEM Local for only $360 per year. Just go to and at point of payment enter your coupon code HuiE20. If your revenue is over $1m, please contact the Strategic Grants team on for information about GEM Portal and to receive a 10% discount. Learn more about Strategic Grants here and check out their introductory video.

Funding your charity in a post-COVID world

Hāpai Hapori (Community Operations) and Matatika Mātauranga Kaitautoko (The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand) held a webinar in June 2020 which covered:
  • Funding options available from the Department of Internal Affairs
  • Funding options available from the wider environment
  • Ethical fundraising and the importance of being donor-focussed
  • A Q&A session with participants from the webinar.
Access the webinar and notes here.


1. Ethnic Communities Development fund

There is $4.2 million a year available through the Ethnic Communities Development fund. It 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. More information can be found here. We developed Frequently Asked Questions that can help with your application. Click here to view our FAQs. If you need support drafting a funding application, get in touch with us and we may  be able to match you with one of our grant writing volunteers. Register here for grant writing support:

2. Food Secure Communities (FSC) Implementation Fund

The $2 million FSC Implementation Fund is for communities to implement or scale up sustainable initiatives which will increase access to affordable and healthy kai within low-income communities and / or enable Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga over food systems that feed and nourish whānau. These initiatives intend to reduce the dependency on foodbanks and food hardship grants. The digital application form is available here and you can follow this link: FSC Implementation Fund. The fund is currently open until the 25th of July 2021.

3. Royal Commission of Inquiry Ethnic and Faith Community Engagement Fund

New Funding is available to help communities engage with Government following the Royal Commission of Inquiry. The Fund aims to support minority ethnic and religious communities to engage with the Government so they can inform the Government’s response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019. More information and how to apply can be found here.

4. Emergency benefit for temporary visa holders

The Foreign Nationals Support Programme has now finished but there is still support available. If your community members have got a temporary visa and you can’t work, support yourself or return home due to COVID-19, you may be able to get an Emergency Benefit. This payment is to help with your basic living costs. This support is available until August 2021. More information is available from Work and Income.

5. Specific funding to support Māori Organisations

There are a number of organisations in Aotearoa that provide funding for charities. Charities Services have created a list of funders who give grants that specifically support Māori organisations. Click here to visit their website.

6. Climate research funding for Māori Te Taura and Te Aho

Two new funds for climate research have been opened by Deep South Challenge: Te Taura and Te Aho (totalling $1.45M). To find out more and complete the application (in te reo Māori or te reo Pākehā) visit: 

7. MSD Community Capability and Resilience Fund (2nd round opening in July 2021)

The new Community Capability and Resilience Fund – a $36 million fund over 2 years – is available to community groups that come from a cross-section of their local community. The fund focuses on community wellbeing and efforts to help promote social inclusion and is targeted towards initiatives that support priority groups, which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups. It is not available to Individuals, Limited Companies unless they are a registered trust, or Foodbanks.

The fund includes operational and administrative costs and in some cases salary costs (for new staff as part of a new initiative).

The first round closed at 5pm on 13 November. The second round is expected to open in July 2021.

We highly recommend that community groups apply for this funding and developed some Frequently Asked Questions that can help with your application. Click here to view our FAQs (note these may slightly change for the second round).

If you need support drafting a funding application, get in touch with us and we may  be able to match you with one of our grant writing volunteers. Register here for grant writing support:


1. Northland region

Northland Community Foundation

Northland Community Foundation has created the Northland COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund (Northland COVID-19 Fund). Funding will go towards essential services supporting their most vulnerable Northland communities dealing with COVID-19. Click here for more information or contact directly.

2. Waikato region

Waikato Community Funders Group

Over $3m in funding has been announced by the Waikato Community Funders Group to support non-profit organisations working on the frontline to help vulnerable people affected by COVID-19. Due to the need for rapid response, the application process has been fast-tracked and groups can make just one application through Trust Waikato, which is then shared with the Waikato Community Funders Group. For more information about how to apply contact Dennis Turton, Chief Executive, Trust Waikato, 027 482 1206,

3. Wellington region

Wellington Community Trust

WCT have simplified their usual funding process in response to COVID.
  • One simplified application form
  • Granting on a monthly basis (no deadlines)
  • Up to $10,000 for a quick turnaround
  • Requests of over $10,000 (up to a maximum of $50,000) will be considered for special circumstances – these will take up to several more weeks to process, and they may ask you for more details.
To apply click here:
Disclaimer: Hui E! cannot guarantee funding is still available. Please ensure you check with the funder directly before applying. Last updated June 2021