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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.

Funding Priority

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


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


Organisation Name Main Costs Applied For Amount Approved
Age Concern Petrol vouchers  $6,900.00
Eftpos terminals
Extra Staff
Maraenui Donations Petrol  $2,210.00
Cellphone costs
Napier Family Centre Zoom memberships  $2,420.00
IT assistance
Phone Diversion
Mobile phone costs
Napier Hearing Association  Petrol vouchers  $1,500.00
Home internet costs
Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri Volunteer Expenses  $5,500.00
ICT Equipment
Skip Bin
Te Whare Awhina Foundation Incorportaed Food  $250.00
First Aid 
Te Wai Mauri Trust Petrol  $200.00
Kings Force Health Charitable Trust Volunteer Expenses  $3,500.00
ICT Equipment
Food pack support
The Salvation Army Napier Corps PPE  $2,970.00
Insurance excess
Hohepa Services Limited Staff  $3,800.00
Cancer Society of HB  2 laptops  $3,400.00
Heretaunga women's Centre Sanitisers  $300.00
Cleaning of centre
Maungahararu Tangitu Charitable Trust Whanau Champions  $3,500.00
Phone and internet
Total     $36,450.00

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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