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. 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 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. The Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing

A new lottery fund worth $40 million has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in response to COVID-19. The Fund will provide one-off grants to support the following:
  • on-going operational costs for organisations that can show that they are impacted by COVID-19 and have had to expand their services and activities
  • projects beyond the day-to-day operations that show innovation or collaboration in relation to COVID-19 recovery
  • social enterprise initiatives that increase community wellbeing where communities are experiencing on-going impacts from COVID-19
  • capital items and works purchases that assist in service delivery or a community initiative up to $30,000.
Due to a large amount of applications the Funder has suspended receiving further applications from Midnight, 9 December 2020. They will make a decision in January about when they will reopen for new applications. Details about funding criteria and the application process are available at This is an open fund and we highly recommend that community organisations apply for this funding. We developed some Frequently Asked Questions that can help with your application. Click here to view our FAQs.

2. Ethnic Communities Development fund

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 ethnic communities with alternative means of staying socially connected, employment initiatives, and community resilience and recovery. More information can be found here. We developed some Frequently Asked Questions that can help with your application Click here to view our FAQs.

3. 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. More information is available from Work and Income.

4. 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.

5. MSD Community Capability and Resilience Fund (1st round closed 13 Nov)

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. They expect to release dates for the second round in the New Year. 

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.

6. Funding available to Sports and recreational clubs (now closed)

Sport NZ is proud to be partnering with New Zealand’s Regional Sports Trusts to administer the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund (Phase 2). The fund will be open for applications from 3 August to 4 September 2020 and aims to provide financial support to play, active recreation or sport organisations who are experiencing financial hardship in the period 1 July to 30 September 2020, as a result of COVID-19. Find out more about who can apply and how.

7. MSD – Food Secure Communities funding (now closed)

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.

8. Community COVID-19 Fund for Pacific Communities (now closed)

Funding is available from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to support Pacific communities and groups who are responding and recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. There are 3 categories of funding available
  • Grassroots initiatives: Grants of up to $5,000 is available for groups that have a new idea that they want to test and pilot.
  • Acceleration initiatives: Grants of up $10,000 are available to improve initiatives that have already had a positive impact in the community.
  • Lift off initiatives: Grants of up to $50,000 are available for initiatives that have already had a positive impact in the community, and are ready to expand to other regions.
Apply for funding by filling in an application form from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples: Community COVID-19 Fund for Pacific communities. Applications close at 12pm noon on Monday 31 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 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 26 January 2021