Funding options

Hui E! have collated a list of government and philanthropic funding that is available specifically to community organisations and groups who are delivering frontline services during Covid-19. It does not include existing funding streams available to groups. Wondering what other grant funds are open or closed? Strategic Grants has a page where you can find information about what’s available. Read more.

We will continue updating this page as new information becomes available. If you know of other funding sources, please let us know at


1. Ethnic Communities Development fund – OPEN

The $4.2 million a year Ethnic Communities Development fund offered through the Office of Ethnic Communities has new, realigned priorities to support ethnic communities while they navigate the impacts of COVID-19. It is now available for projects or activities that provide alternative means of staying socially connected, employment initiatives, and community resilience and recovery. More information can be found here.

Hui E! can help match you with a grant writer to write your application

2. The Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant fund (MSD) – CLOSED

Applications received on or before 5pm 11 May 2020 that have not yet been processed will be assessed and MSD will notify applicants of the outcome as soon as they can.

More than 900 community groups have benefitted from the fund and in coming months MSD will look forward to sharing some of the great things they did to support the wellbeing of their communities during the Covid-19 restrictions.


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 for the next 6 months (1 April – 30 Sept 2020):

  • 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:

Caremongering NZ Fund for COVID-19 Relief

The Gift Trust is administering a $100,000 fund on behalf of the Namaste Foundation to provide funding for urgent needs of vulnerable communities in the Wellington region that result from the Covid-19 pandemic.

They welcome enquiries about the fund from community groups or charities working directly with vulnerable communities in the Wellington region. Check the criteria and apply here

Community Resilience Fund – Sport Wellington

Sport Wellington is proud to be partnering with Sport NZ to administer the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund in our region.

The Fund will be available to regional organisations, as well as clubs from 10am on Monday 11 May.

If you are a regional organisation or club, affiliated to one of Sport NZ’s National Partners, or you are a Māori Sports Club or organisation which is not affiliated to a National Partner but, can gain endorsement from one of Sport NZ’s Maori Partners (more detail to come) then you could be eligible for financial support through the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund.

The Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to help regional and local organisations remain financially viable through the immediate period of disruption created by COVID-19.

Clubs can apply for $1,000 in support.  Regional recreation and sports organisations can apply for up to $40,000.

Scroll down to the ‘apply here’ tiles (one for each fund) to begin the application process. Read more here.


Disclaimer: Hui E! cannot guarantee funding is still available. Please ensure you check with the funder directly before applying.

Last updated 13 May 2020