Consumer leadership development grant

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2019 grants 

Applications for the next round of the consumer leadership development grant for 2019 will open in September.

Broader criteria to include people on Individualised Funding or in the MidCentral roll-out 

We are opening this grant round to anyone on Individualised Funding (IF) and individuals participating in the MidCentral disability system transformation roll-out. Individuals participating in the roll-out who are using new funding models will be able to apply for a consumer leadership development grant directly.

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About the grant

Te Pou consumer leadership development grants are available to support disabled people and family/whānau to take part in leadership development activities. This includes:

  • training or learning activities that develop consumers’ and family/whānau leadership skills
  • training or learning activities that are for the benefit of other disabled people or the disability sector in general.

How the grant can be used

The consumer leadership development grant covers the costs of consumers or family/whānau taking part in leadership development activities. For the purpose of this grant ‘consumer’ includes disabled people and family and whānau.

The grant can be used for:

  • course or workshop fees
  • related resources (for example, workbooks, tutors/facilitators)
  • accessibility costs for disabled people, including travel and accommodation and the cost of support people (accessibility costs do not count towards individual or organisational caps).

The grant does not fund course development and administration, standard service delivery, service development and business-as-usual costs.

Who can apply


Applications can be made by Disabled Support Services (DSS) providers that hold a current Ministry of Health contract, or by Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) that are part of the DPO coalition.    

Applications can be made in support of development activities for consumers associated with the applicant organisation; or an organisation can sponsor an application by consumers beyond their service. To be sponsored for this grant you need to be eligible for DSS services. If you are eligible for services but not receiving them, you can also be sponsored. Check if you are eligible for DSS services.


There are plans to transform the disability support system around New Zealand. The new system was rolled out in the MidCentral region at the end of 2018. Check out the Enabling Good Lives website for more information.
Individuals who are participating in the MidCentral demonstration pilot can apply for the grant; people receiving individualised funding can also apply. 

Please contact if you need further information.

How much can be funded


Organisations can be funded up to $80,000 (GST inclusive) per calendar year for this grant. However, in exceptional circumstances, the panel may be able to exercise discretion in relation to the amount. 

Organisations applying for grants on behalf of Individualised Funded people will not have the cost of these applications added to their yearly cap.

Please contact if you need further information.


Participants can be funded up to $5,000 (GST inclusive) per calendar year for this grant, either from one, or multiple applications. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure no participant exceeds the $5,000 cap. 

Grant priorities

Learning topics that align to the following areas will be prioritised:

  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Autism
  • Whaia Te Ao Marama
  • High and Complex
  • Increased awareness of the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) amongst both the disability workforce, and disabled people and their families/whānau/carers
  • Leadership development of provider organisations, Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), disabled people and whānau
  • Demonstrated use of the Let’s get real: Disability seven Real Skills, to inform the application is critical assessment criteria for the panel:
    • Working with disabled people
    • Working with Māori
    • Working with families and whānau
    • Working with communities
    • Challenging stigma and discrimination, and promoting value
    • Upholding law, policy and practice
    • Maintaining professional and personal development.

Applications that fall outside of these priority areas will be considered but will receive a lower rating.

Eligibility criteria

As well as complying with our terms and conditions, applications for the consumer leadership development grant must also meet our eligibility criteria.

An organisation must be:

  • a Ministry of Health funded Disability Service Provider; or
  • a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) that is part of the DPO coalition.

A participant must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and one of the following:

  • a disabled person eligible to receive Ministry of Health funded disability services or a family/whānau member of an eligible disabled person
  • a Ministry of Health funded Disability Support Services Individualised Funding (IF) client/agent (or a district health board if clients/agents are not eligible)
  • sponsored by an organisation and supported to participate in the learning activity
  • a person who is using a new funding model as part of Disability System Transformation in the MidCentral region.

The leadership activity must:

  • develop leadership skills
  • be for the benefit of other disabled people or the disability sector in general
  • be delivered in New Zealand
  • be accessible for disabled people
  • not already be fully funded by other agencies/funds
  • start (and usually end) in the calendar year of the grant.