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Care in the Community Disability Welfare Fund

Note: Applications for this fund are now closed. The successful applicants for funding will be announced on this page in November 2022.

On 5 May 2022, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced funding for the Government’s Care in the Community (CiC) welfare response to support people significantly impacted by COVID-19. This included $5m specifically to support the wellbeing of disabled people and their whānau.

The Fund is administered by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in collaboration with disabled communities, in line with the ‘nothing about us without us’ approach.

Care in the community

The fund

MSD has worked in close cooperation and collaboration with the disability sector and other government agencies to determine the best options for the use of this funding.

Four key needs have been identified through this engagement and meeting one or more of these needs is the basic criteria for the distribution of funds from either of two new fund types. These needs are:

  • Connecting to social networks, communities, and identities
  • Support for the whānau of a disabled person
  • Precautions to prevent exposure to COVID-19, and
  • Connecting with support networks

The $5m Fund will be distributed through providers and community groups/organisations. It will be split into two types of funding support:

Direct support fund (COVID-19 Wellbeing Grants)

The direct support fund enables disabled people and whānau to access support directly from providers that have applied for and received funding.

Providers can apply for up to $50,000 + 15% administration fee, with a disabled person within a whānau able to apply to a provider for assistance of up to $2,000.

Individuals and their whānau cannot apply for the funding from MSD but can contact providers who have successfully applied for funding for support. Contact information for providers awarded funding will be posted on the MSD webpage in late October.

Providers of CIC funding should take all necessary steps to ensure the disabled person and whānau they are funding do not receive funding from any other CIC provider.

Providers should also ensure funding for declared needs is not available or already being received from another funding stream. This would mean providers need to be aware of other funds available to meet needs specific to the disabled person and whānau, including food grants, hardship grants, or other MSD funding options. Check out what help’s available for disabled people on the Work and Income site.

How the support is delivered by the provider should be decided in collaboration with the disabled person and whānau. This could include direct funding to the disabled person or whānau, or purchase of the services, devices, or equipment by the provider.

This support is for a provider to address one or more of the following needs:

  • Connecting with social networks and communities
  • Support for the whānau of a disabled person
  • Precautions to prevent exposure to COVID-19
  • Connecting with support networks

The purpose, and design, of the funding is to meet the current needs of the disabled person and whānau, not their future needs.

The funds also cannot be used for:

  • Support provided via the Community Connector service (eg. Community Connector Discretionary Funding)
  • Ongoing costs, such as subscriptions
  • Items already purchased
  • Food (should be covered by “Food Secure Communities Programme” and “Special Needs Grant” for food)
  • Purchasing cash assets (Cash assets - Map (workandincome.govt.nz))
  • Purchasing a vehicle
  • Alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, or vaping products
  • Lotto products
  • Gambling purposes

Provider-led innovation fund (community support)

The provider-led innovation fund enables providers to deliver a project, product, or initiative to a target community.

Providers can apply for up to $50,000 based on how many disabled people and whānau the project, product, or initiative will reach. Any costs for capacity will be included in the application and funding provided.

These funds can be used for:

  • Community-focused initiatives that address one or more of the needs
  • Previously delivered provider-led initiatives that are no longer funded
  • New and innovative provider-led initiatives.

The funds cannot be used for:

  • Capital expenses and purchase of long-term organisational assets that don’t provide direct benefit to the community, ie vehicles
  • Support provided via the Community Connector service (eg. Community Connector Discretionary Funding)
  • Food (should be covered by “Food Secure Communities Programme” and “Special Needs Grant” for food).

Reporting requirements:

If you receive a Direct Support fund grant, you will have to provide a short summary of how the funds have been used and how it contributed to one or more of the four needs. This summary will be required three months after receipt of funding (February 2023) and at the end of the financial year (July 2023).

If you receive a Provider-led Innovation fund grant, a summary of how the funds have been used and how it contributed to one or more of the four needs will be required at the end of the financial year (July 2023).

Application process

Note: Applications for this fund are now closed. The successful applicants for funding will be announced on this page in November 2022

To ensure a fair and transparent application process, applications are a single-step open competitive process.

The open funding round invites applicants (providers/community groups/organisations etc) to apply to receive funding from one or both of the funds.

All applicants should have a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). A NZBN can be applied for here.

The maximum amount of funding a provider can apply for is $50,000 from each fund. The level of grant funding a provider applies for should be relative to the number of disabled people and whānau they expect to support.

Applications will be assessed by an evaluation panel, with grant funding awarded up to the total amount of funding available ($5m). This is made up of $4 million (including 15% administration costs) for the direct support fund, and $1 million for the provider-led innovation fund.

Applications that demonstrate a focus on supporting Māori, Pacific, ethnic and migrant communities and enable effective and equitable reach are encouraged.

NB: Applicants must ensure they complete all relevant sections on the application form. Incomplete information may mean your application is not considered for funding.

Description

Date (2022)

Fund promotion and application process open

29 August 2022

Applications close

29 September 2022

Evaluation

7 October 2022

Outcomes communicated

17 October 2022

Contract negotiated and signed

9 November 2022

Delivery of funds begins

Promotion of funds to general public

9 November 2022

Who should I contact with questions?

There’s a comprehensive list of Q&As here but if you can’t find what you want email us at cicdisabilityfund@msd.govt.nz.