Covid-19 Funding

A number of organisations are offering funding specifically around the Covid-19 crisis.  This page will be updated as information is confirmed.

The funding listed below is not administered by Council.  


The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is offering grants of up to $5,000 to community groups and individuals providing essential community-led solutions that support local resilience and community well-being during Covid-19 restrictions.  

You can see what is and is not covered, and how to apply, on the MSD Covid-19 Community Grant web page.

 Thanks go to Duncan Matthews, of Get That Grant, who has put together a useful overview of the fund, as well as a quick start guide for anyone wanting to apply.


Creative New Zealand have two separate funding streams available to help arts practitioners (artists and those who work in the art space).  Due to the large amount of applications received, applications for both grants will now close on 29 May 2020.

Emergency Relief Grant

An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy to align with Creative New Zealand’s policy to pay artists and arts practitioners fairly. Applicants to this fund must have successfully applied to the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy. The Creative New Zealand Emergency Relief fund is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organisations (including groups and collectives).

 You can find more information here -

 Arts Continuity Grant

An Arts Continuity Grant is offered to support a short-term arts project, or the stage of a project, that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19. Projects can include the creation and/or presentation of new work. Existing projects submitted to our suspended funds can be reframed and resubmitted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with weekly decision-making.

 You can find more information here -

Thankful for Art Campaign

Creative New Zealand has also launched a campaign around promoting and advocating for the arts.


Video (YouTube): 

Video download link:  (Password: CNZTFA)

Social links: |  

using the hashtag #TFA





Sport NZ has made $15m of funding available to regional and local sport and recreation organisations across NZ as part of their new Community Resilience Fund, which will be open for applications from 10am on Monday 11 May.

The Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund (the fund) aims to deliver funding to help regional and local organisations remain financially viable through the immediate period of disruption created by COVID-19. It is specifically targeted at recreation and sports organisations affiliated to Sport NZ investment partners and Maori organisations whose main focus is the delivery of sport and recreation, that are experiencing short-term financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19.

Financial hardship means unable to pay bills for administrative costs incurred in the period April to June 2020, regardless of whether programs being delivered – such as phones, power, insurance, rates or rent, and audit fees. It is not for organisations that already receive investment directly from Sport NZ, but for the regional and local organisations that form their networks.

Up to $1000 is available for clubs, and $40,000 for regional sport or recreation bodies. Sport Northland will be administering this fund in our region on behalf of Sport NZ and more information is available on our website along with this factsheet(PDF, 82KB). We encourage you to apply for the fund and we will contact you if any other funds or grants become available during this time. 

 If you have any queries please send these through to


The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) administers the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS).  They have advised that organisations eligible to apply for COGS funding can apply for funds to cover their Covid-19 related shortfall in income.

The COGS round is currently open and DIA will make allowances for those affected by connectivity issues, inability to get accounts audited etc.

Applicants should provide their most recent accounts or financial statements and note that the pandemic has affected their audits.

The application process is online and the office will be open to customers from Level 2 - further information is at



The Government has allocated additional funding to the Regional Business Partner Network to support New Zealand businesses and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 Business Advisory Funding will provide support in areas such as HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity, cashflow and finance management, strategy and digital capability.

COVID-19 Business Advisory Fund information for businesses

COVID-19 Business Advisory Fund information for service providers

There are additional resources available through the network to help your business, including the

Covid-19 Business Helpline for specific advice and access to Government-funded business support – the North Island contact number is 0800 500 362


The grant is a direct grant of $500 and is being made available to individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  • applicant is a NZ citizen, or who holds permanent resident status, who has been working for pay in the NZ music industry for the last 2 years
  • applicant is currently living in New Zealand
  • applicant can provide the names and contact details of two professional referees (not family or friends) who can verify the applicant’s paid work in music
  • applicant can show they have lost music-related income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • applicant has not already received an COVID-19 Emergency Grant from MusicHelps

The grant is not available to businesses or organisations.

Further information can be found at


Media works have created a $20 million fund to give businesses, community organisations and brands affected by Covid-19 access to free advertising in both local and national markets across MediaWorks’ stable of radio, TV, Out of Home and Digital assets between May and July 2020.

 Find out more at