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

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 currently has a half-price offer 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.

Until 31 July you can purchase a 12-month subscription for only $240 (normal annual subscription fee is $480 per year). Just go to and at point of payment enter your coupon code HuiE20.

Learn more about Strategic Grants here and check out their introductory video.

Funding your charity in a post-COVID word

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 – 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.

2. MSD – Food Secure Communities funding

The Ministry of Social Development is investing $32 million over the next two years to provide support for foodbanks, food rescue and other community organisations who are distributing food. Click here to visit their website.
Funding opportunities are coming up for:
  • Community Food Response Funding: funding to contribute towards your costs for up to two years, while participating in building a Food Secure Community. Applications open on 29 May 2020 and close on 5 July 2020.
  • Food Secure Communities Grants: funding to develop and implement a plan for a Food Secure Community. Applications open on 29 May 2020 and close on 2 August 2020.


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 14 July 2020