COVID-19: Our in-person workshops and events have been postponed or cancelled, but we are actively working to find other ways to deliver these sessions. For information about particular events, please see our Initiatives pages, or contact us directly by email at info@tepou.co.nz.

COVID-19: Our in-person workshops and events have been postponed or cancelled, but we are actively working to find other ways to deliver these sessions. For information about particular events, please see our Initiatives pages, or contact us directly by email at info@tepou.co.nz.

Training grant

Whāia te ara Poutama – Pursue the pathway of education and betterment


Training grant 

There will be two rounds of Training grants available in 2020.

The first round opens on 10 February 2020 and will remain open until allocated funding is fully expended.

A second funding round will open on 1 July 2020 and will be open until funding is fully expended.

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About the training grant

Training grants are available to help with the cost of employees taking part in specific NZQA training.

The grant can only be used for approved qualifications whish are set by the MoH. View the list of approved qualifications.

Who can apply

  • Disability Support Service (DSS) providers, who hold a contract with the Ministry of Health.
  • Approved Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s) that are part of the DPO coalition.
  • People receiving Individualised Funding (IF).
  • People from Mid Central who are registered as part of the system transformation roll out.

Eligibility criteria

As well as complying with our Grant Terms and Conditions

Participants must be:

  • Paid employees of a Ministry of Health funded DSS provider, an approved DPO or employed through Ministry of Health funded DSS individualised funding agents or from the Mid Central who are registered on the system transformation roll out.
  • Employed in a role that has significant interaction with disabled people
  • New Zealand citizens or hold permanent resident status
  • Supported by their employer to participate in the course
  • Eligible to enrol in the approved NZQA course

How the grant can be used

The grant covers the costs of employees taking part in approved NZQA training. The grant can be used for:

  • training fees
  • related resources (e.g. workbooks, tutors/facilitators)
  • wages of the course participant, if training occurs outside of their regular working hours, or back-filling for the trainee if required
  • accessibility costs for employees with a disability, including travel and accommodation and the cost of support people (these 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.

How much can be funded

See how much funding is available for each qualification by checking the approved qualifications.

Participants / individuals can be funded up to $2,000 (including GST) per calendar year, depending on the qualification level and number of credits.

Organisations can be funded up to $80,000 (GST inclusive) per calendar year. 

Accessibility costs do not count towards individual caps.

Please contact grants@tepou.co.nz if you need further information.