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Consumer leadership development grant

Tū tonu mai e te Kaihautū i te kei o tōu waka – A voyage leader stands up to many a tempest

Note: Eligibility criteria now includes people on Individualised Funding (IF) or people registered on the new disability support, System Transformation in Mid Central.

2020 grants 

Consumer leadership development grants are available twice each year in March and September.

Our September funding round will open on Tuesday, 1 September and close at midday on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

We recommend submitting your application on our online grants portal at least 3–7 days before the closing time.

If you have previously been successful in receiving Te Pou grant funding, please ensure all reporting and accountability is up to date.

You can expect to hear back from us with the outcome of your application by Monday, 19 October 2020.

About the grant

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

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

The leadership activity must:

  • develop leadership skills
  • be for the benefit of disabled people or the disability sector in general
  • 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.
  • be delivered in New Zealand

How the grant can be used

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


Grants are available to anyone on IF and registered individuals participating in the Mid Central disability system transformation roll-out. Individuals who are using these new funding models will be able to apply directly for a consumer leadership development grant.

How much can be funded


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

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


Participants can be funded up to $5,000 (GST inclusive) per calendar year, 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:

Underpinned by:

  • 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 whānau/carers.
  • Leadership development of provider 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.

The priorities are developed and agreed with in partnerships with MoH. Applications that fall outside of these priority areas will be considered but will receive a lower rating.

Every funding round there is a significant demand and oversubscription on available grant funding, meaning the process is competitive for the decision makers.

Eligibility criteria

As well as complying with our terms and conditions, applications must also meet our eligibility criteria.

Organisations must be:

  • funded by MoH to deliver DSS; or
  • a DPO that is part of the DPO coalition.

Participants/Individuals must be New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident, and/or:

  • a disabled person eligible to receive MoH funded disability services, or a whānau member of an eligible disabled person
  • a MoH funded DSS IF recipient, IF host, or a person registered in the Mid Central disability system transformation roll out 
  • has the support of their organisation or employer and supported to participate in the learning activity
  • a person registered and using the new funding model as part of the System Transformation in the Mid Central region.

Please check our FAQs or contact grants@tepou.co.nz if you need further information and sign up to the Te Pou e-bulletin to stay up-to-date.