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COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

A one-off allocation of $50,000 is available to non profit social services and community organisations actively working on the ground supporting the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Napier.

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The fund focuses on supporting community organisations that support members of the community with particular vulnerablity around Covid-19. Groups with higher vulnerability include:

  • those over 70 years old
  • people who are homeless or become homeless
  • those with high health needs
  • people with a low income and/or living in vulnerable neighbourhoods, and / or
  • young people


What can be funded

The fund will support additional costs for providing their services or to provide new services to meet the basic needs of the community including:

  • Materials (e.g. Personal Protective Equipment, packaging)
  • Volunteer expenses (e.g. petrol vouchers)
  • ICT equipment

Retrospective funding

Applications for funding for costs already incurred from the beginning of the Level 4 Lockdown* or are currently being incurred, are eligible


Services must be targeted to Napier residents. 

What Will Not Be Funded

  • Building maintenance
  • Deposit, loan or debt repayments
  • Bank or lawyers fees
  • Fundraising
  • Salaries/wages that have already been funded or where a wage subsidy has been provided by central government

Make an application

An application form is available online or from the Community Services team Applications will be accepted until 31 May 2020 or until the fund is fully allocated, whichever is earlier.


All eligible applications are assessed and forwarded to the Rapid Response Fund Committee for decision as they are submitted.

Further Information

Our team are happy to answer any questions you may have and can assist with your applications.  Please contact us on +64 6 835 7579 or email us at

*Level 4 Lockdown began at 11:59pm on 25 March 2020


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