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Disability Grants

Grants overview

Disability grants are available to enhance skills, develop leadership and strengthen the workforce of people providing supports to disabled people and their whānau.

All of the Disability grants are made available by Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, who provide the funding and set the priority areas. The grants are administered by Te Pou.

Grants in 2024

Te Pou is happy to announce that the Consumer Leadership Development Grant will be opening on Friday 1 March 2023 and closes at midday on Thursday 28 March 2024. Disabled people and their whānau/family may now apply to access consumer leadership training this year, focusing on the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) approach and principles.

The Training Grant opens on Monday 19 February 2024 and closes when funds are exhausted. Please check out the Training grant webpage for more detail around the eligibility criteria and the NZQA approved qualifications that available to apply for. Apply via the grants portal here.

Access to the Te Pou grants

Anyone eligible for Disability Support Services (DSS) can apply directly for the Consumer leadership grant, giving disabled people flexibility and control over service support and delivery.

Individual applicants must provide evidence from either Needs Assessment and Service Coordination services (NASC), your service provider or Individualised Funding details when registering on the grants portal.

Organisations who are funded by Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People to deliver Disability Support Services (DSS) can also apply directly for the Consumer leadership grant.

Organisations that provide disability support services but do not hold a DSS contract with Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People can also apply directly to the Consumer leadership development grant and the Training grant.

Key steps before applying

  • Review the grant available and check eligibility requirements.

  • Note when the grant opens for applications.

  • Find out how to apply.