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 (opens 28 Oct 2020)

A new lottery fund worth $40 million has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in response to COVID-19. The Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund was announced on 18 August by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin, Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board. “The funding will be able to be used to support groups that have lost access to funding sources, have extra demand on their services or are now working in different ways in responding to COVID-19.” The Fund will provide one-off grants and opened on 28 October. It is intended it will remain open until all of its funding has been distributed. Read the Minister’s press release Details about funding criteria, the application process and a list of frequently asked questions are available at

2. MSD Community Capability and Resilience Fund

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).

Due to the change in Covid Alert levels MSD have reviewed the fund and it is now going to be open until monies run out or up to 30 June 2022. They recommend people get their applications in as soon as possible.

We highly recommend that community groups apply for this funding and pulled together some Frequently Asked Questions that can help with your application. Please email us at to receive the FAQs.

3. 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.

4. Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri

If you know of any Foreign National in New Zealand who is experiencing serious hardship due to COVID-19, please refer them to the Visitor Care fund which is being administrated by the New Zealand Red Cross. It has been extended until the end of November. Information link here and application link here.

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. Applications for the 2020/21 Māori Provider Development Scheme (MPDS) also opened on 16 October and will close at 11.59 pm (midnight) on Monday 16 November 2020. Applications are invited from Māori health and disability service providers, national Māori health and disability service providers, and national Māori health professional organisations. For more information about this funding round, changes made as a result of COVID-19 and application guidelines, click here.

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 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   Disclaimer: Hui E! cannot guarantee funding is still available. Please ensure you check with the funder directly before applying. Last updated 29 October 2020