For the latest information on COVID-19 see www.covid19.govt.nz
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions please see https://covid19.govt.nz/#faqs
Civil Defence information
Civil Defence has emergency funding available for individuals unable to access key items, such as food and medicines. Please contact your nearest Civil Defence Emergency Management team for assistance.
Community and Preparedness Grant Fund
As part of the Government’s response package to COVID-19, up to $4.8 million will also be to provide community grants or fund innovative community-led solutions to support local resilience via the Community and Preparedness Grant Fund.
This new funding is being prioritised to support community efforts on the ground. This recognises there are community groups and individuals doing critical work in the fight against COVID-19. This funding allows them to continue to support their communities and help them through challenges they may face in the coming months.
Information is available on the Charities Services website on COVID-19 for registered charities.
Creative New Zealand
A multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package has been established to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19. Note that the Creative New Zealand overall Emergency Response Package offers support to individual artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations, as well as their investment clients. Take a look at their website to review each opportunity to see where you fit.
Creative New Zealand are still working through the details and will provide more information on the criteria and application process for the Resilience Grants and Short-term Relief for Investment Clients as soon as possible. The fund opening date is 14 April 2020.
Mental Health New Zealand
COVID-19 is changing our daily lives. It’s important to look after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together. The number one message Mental Health NZ want New Zealanders to hear is this: “we will get through this if we work together”. Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you.
You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.
Ministry of Education – Learning from home
This website contains advice and resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary to support learning at home. The resources are sorted in age groups and year levels to help you find things that you can use or adapt for your children’s learning.
The Ministry of Education team will be adding more resources in the coming days and weeks, so it is well worth book marking it and reviewing regularly.
New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience
NZIWR have great resources that will support you and those you care for during this period. They will also post regular support information on their website: nziwr.co.nz
Click here to download our brief guide for coping in the days ahead based on the best of science and their expert experiences.
NZ Government – $27 million committed to support social sector services and community groups
The Government has announced a $27 million dollar package to support social sector services and community groups, to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Up to $16 million will be to bolster existing essential social sector services delivered by NGOs and up to $6 million is funding for disability Community Participation providers.
The full media release can be viewed here https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/27-million-ngos-and-community-groups-continue-providing-essential-services
Sport New Zealand
For general information about New Zealand sport go to www.sportnz.org.nz
Detailed information on Sport and Recreation under COVID-19 Alert Levels by category can be found here https://sportnz.org.nz/assets/Uploads/Play-Recreation-and-Sport-Detailed-Level-1-4-Table.pdf
Strategic grants update
A list of the changes funders’ have made due to Covid-19.
Support for Māori communities and businesses
The Government has developed a plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19.
This includes a whole of government approach to providing health, social and economic support tailored to meet the specific needs of Māori.
- a Whānau Māori Community and Mārae package reprioritising $10 million from the Māori Development vote to support community outreach
- Māori Health and Whānau Ora response with $30 million targeted directly to Māori Health services and an extra $15 million to Whānau Ora commissioning agencies
- Supporting Māori Businesses and engaging with Māori with $1 million of funding to enable a needs assessment for Māori businesses, and $470,000 to Te Arawhiti to engage and work with iwi on their COVID-19 pandemic response plans.
Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora / Ministry of Social Development
- Financial support is available for individuals and employers and the government has earmarked $27 million to keep NGOs and community groups going. There is a lot of information to digest and make sense of, we would encourage you to talk to your professional service advisor (i.e., accountant) to help answer any questions you may have. https://workandincome.govt.nz/
- Common questions on support for employers during covid-19 https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/employer-questions-and-answers.html#null
- MSD has now compiled a list of social sector organisations providing essential services. This list continues to be updated. MSD advise that if you are an iwi, Māori or social sector organisation that delivers an essential service and you have not been contacted by a government agency, let them know by email at Community_information@msd.govt.nz