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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 the Ministry of Health, who provide the funding and set the priority areas. The grants are administered by Te Pou.

Grants in 2022

The funding for Disability consumer leadership grants has been increased for 2022. This should enable more consumers to access consumer leadership training this year, focusing on the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) approach and principles.

Disability training grants have been paused, pending the outcomes of an evaluation. This is because financial support for training is now available through the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). For those seeking Disability training grants, we encourage you to seek support through the TEC.

Disability workforce development grants have also been paused, pending the outcomes of an evaluation.

The pause of the Disability training grant and Workforce development grant has enabled the funding for the Disability consumer leadership grant to be increased.

There will be two Disability consumer leadership grant rounds, one opening on 1 March 2022 and the other on 1 June 2022.

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 the Ministry of Health to deliver Disability Support Services (DSS) can also apply directly for the Consumer leadership 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.