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Provider Support fund – Community Support Package

The Community Support Fund/Provider Support Fund is now oversubscribed so we will not be taking any further applications as from Tuesday 4 April. MSD will continue to review applications received before this date.

A Community Support Package for those affected by the recent the recent North Island Floods and Cyclone Gabrielle, was announced by the Government on 13 February 2023.

As part of the overall Community Support Package, a $4 million Provider Support Fund has been established.

This funding is time-limited and only available until 30 June 2023.

The Provider Support Fund is for providers supporting affected communities. Providers are defined as those who already have government contracts in the social sector, including those funded by MSD, Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for Ethnic Communities and the Department of Internal Affairs.

This funding will allow eligible providers to continue to deliver their response and recovery efforts, respond to increased demand on their services, and support wellbeing of their staff and volunteers. This funding is not intended to replace or cover insurance related matters.

The Community Providers Fund is open for applications from 16 February 2023.

Who can apply

Providers who already have government contracts in the social sector, including those funded by:

  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Ministry for Ethnic Communities
  • Department of Internal Affairs

Application process

Community providers can request up to $40,000 in funding. Funding must be used by 30 June 2023.

We will be contacting previous grant recipients to notify them of this change and to discuss whether a further application is required to address any unmet need.

If you have any questions around exactly what each of the funds can be used for, please get in touch with us at

Applications can be made by completing the following application forms:

For MSD providers

For Non-MSD providers

Please email your completed application form to:

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who need assistance with applications for accessibility reasons, can contact us via

How to apply

Step 1.

Identify if you are a provider with an existing government contract in the social sector. This includes social sector contracts funded by: MSD, Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for Ethnic Communities and the Department of Internal Affairs

Step 2.

Select appropriate application form above for a MSD Provider or Non-MSD Provider.

Step 3.

Complete the relevant form and email it to:

Step 4.

We’ll let you know if your application meets criteria and is successful or unsuccessful

What we may fund

Psychosocial wellbeing

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Anxiety and mental health
  • Wellbeing of staff and volunteers

Costs for essential goods and shelter

  • Assistance acquiring food, clothing, bedding
  • Assistance acquiring shelter or transport to shelter
  • Assistance with medical requirements such as transport to doctors or chemists
  • Provision of donated goods

Financial hardship

  • Household assistance and support
  • Transport assistance and support

School attendance

  • Transport to/from school
  • Assistance with school supplies or clothing
  • Assistance to acquire after school care

Difficulty navigating supports and services, for example:

  • Clean up
  • Insurance


  • Support for those seeking temporary relocation or accommodation

We will not fund

  • Activities that intend to generate profit
  • The promotion of commercial, political or religious objectives
  • The purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, or vaping products
  • The sole benefit of one individual
  • Insurance costs or replacements

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the funding, community providers should meet the following criteria:

  • Have an existing government contract in the social sector
  • Be working directly with communities in the flood or cyclone response and recovery
  • Be able to report back on reach and impact of initiatives
  • Agree to terms and conditions of the funding

Reporting criteria

Fund recipients will be required to provide information and feedback about the delivery and impact of their initiative. This may include:

  • How funding has helped the organisation continue its services
  • Number of individuals or whānau supported
  • A breakdown of how the funding was utilised
  • Highlights and challenges

The information we collect will be used for assessment purposes related to the Community Support Fund and the Community Support Package.

For more information and assistance

If you have queries or need assistance relating to the Community Providers Fund, please contact:

For all other queries about any other initiatives related to the Community Support Package, please contact:

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