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Community Capability and Resilience Fund

The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is a fund available to community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19. The $36 million fund is available from 1 August 2020 to support communities over the next two years.

The CCRF builds on the success of the Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund (CAP Fund), which was established by the government to provide immediate support to communities during the COVID-19 lockdown. The CCRF allows the success of the CAP Fund to continue on a larger scale. Like the CAP Fund, the purpose of the CCRF is to provide assistance and support for community groups working with priority populations as they respond, rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

CCRF first funding round closing at 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020

The intent of the CCRF was to have three funding rounds per year to provide multiple opportunities for communities to apply. The first funding round opened on 1st August 2020. It has remained open longer than planned to support response efforts around the resurgence of COVID in the Auckland area. Applications for the first funding round of the CCRF will now close at 5pm Friday 13th November 2020.

If you have already applied to the CCRF, please be assured that MSD are prioritising the processing of these applications. We expect you will receive notification of the outcome of your application no later than 5pm Friday 27th November 2020.

If you have applied and been asked to provide more information, it is critical that you do this no later than 5pm Friday 20th November 2020. Additional information provided after this date will unfortunately mean we cannot assess your application and you would need to resubmit in the next funding round.

If you wish to apply before the current round closes please ensure that you carefully complete the application and provide all information, as incomplete applications received will not be accepted.

Should you still wish to seek funding for your initiative, below are links to some grants and funds that you may wish to explore further:

We will update this webpage when the next funding round is open, however if you have any questions, please email the team at

Community Capability and Resilience Fund information

Priority groups

The CCRF will be targeted towards initiatives that support priority groups, which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.

Who can apply?

The CCRF is for community groups that come from a cross-section of their local community.

Examples of community groups who can apply are:

  • Local marae, whānau, hapū, iwi
  • Multicultural councils
  • Ethnic community organisations
  • Faith based, religious and church groups
  • Community access radio stations
  • Community Hubs
  • Not for profit organisations and social enterprises
  • Other community-based interest groups.

The CCRF enables these groups to focus on community wellbeing and efforts to help promote social inclusion.

The types of things you can apply for funding:

  • Developing and implementing local plans to get essential supplies to people who need them
  • Wider assistance with self-isolation and developing community outreach
  • Technology to provide services remotely
  • Help to ensure your community group is operating safely
  • The development and implementation of your COVID-19 recovery plans
  • Help to plan and build economic capability
  • Opportunities to improve and coordinate the services you deliver
  • Funds to help you collaborate and work with other community groups (eg Community Hubs)
  • Help to cover operational and administrative costs
  • Support for you to develop fundraising campaigns
  • Working within your community to support the making of and/or access to re-usable face coverings

NB – This is not an exhaustive list

We will not fund:

  • salaries or wages unless extra staff are required to implement the initiative
  • loss of salaries or wages
  • activities that intend to generate profit
  • the promotion of commercial, political or religious objectives
  • the purchase of alcohol
  • individuals
  • Limited Companies unless you are a charitable trust
  • Establishment and operation of Foodbanks

How much grant funding is available?

  • The fund has an initial guide of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) in one-off payments.
  • Requests that are for more than $5,000 (excluding GST) will be considered and you are encouraged to provide more detailed information in the application.

How to apply

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Complete an application form.

Send your completed application and supporting material to

The application form asks for key information, including a description of your community initiative and its benefits. You can also choose to submit a 2-3 minute video about your initiative to support your application.

If needed, we have provided invoice templates below. However, we encourage you use your own community organisation or community group invoice template, if you have one.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For initiatives that meet the fund criteria you will be updated by email and payment will be made within five working days.

Monitoring and reporting

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a report about their initiative including:

  • What you did and how the initiative has improved outcomes for your community
  • What impact the initiative had on your community group
  • How the funds were spent

When to apply

The first CRRF funding round has closed. See above notice. We will update this webpage when the next funding round is open.

Who to contact with questions

If you have any questions, please email:

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