COVID-19 Funding Support

The Ethnic Communities Development Fund
To support ethnic communities while they navigate the impacts of COVID-19.
Read more

Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora / Ministry of Social Development
Financial support is available for individuals and employers.
Read more

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy
Available for employers and self-employed.
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COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support
Available for essential businesses to pay their employees who can’t work.
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Creative New Zealand
A multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package has been established to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.
Visit the CNZ website

WCC Arts Resilience Fund
This fund supports arts and cultural projects.
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Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund
This fund focuses on fixed costs and operating costs (not programmes or service delivery) for immediate assistance through to the end of June. Any questions can be directed to
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Funders in the Wellington Region

Local council funding

All 5 councils in the Wellington region offer funding to their communities for a wide range of purposes.

Hutt City

Kapiti Coast


Upper Hutt


Sport Wellington

Sport Wellington has a number of funds to support sports organisations in the Wellington Region. Read more.

Free online searches for funders

You can get free access to online funding searches if you:

  • have a Wellington, Upper Hutt, Porirua or Kapiti Coast library card, or
  • are a student at a tertiary institution.

Wellington City Library – funding & community

National Funders

Government schemes

The Community Organisations Grants Scheme (COGS) is a government fund that provides grants to non-profit community organisations that deliver community-based social services.

Community Organisations Grants Scheme (COGS)

The Department of Conservation Community Fund provides annual funding to encourage and inspire community-led conservation.

Department of Conservation Community Fund


CommUnity is a new fundraising program that generates money for Community Groups by uniting merchants, community groups and everyday shoppers to support and strengthen one another.

Every time a member of the public shops at a participating Merchant, a small percentage of each transaction is passed onto the Community Groups or charities of that Member’s choosing. Find out about how your community group can sign-up:

Searching for funds

Generosity NZ helps you research:

  • funding options for community groups
  • awards, scholarships and grants for individuals
  • ways to connect business and community groups.

You may be able to get free access to Generosity NZ through your local library, otherwise you need to subscribe to use this service.

Generosity NZ