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We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

Training grant

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


Applications for training grants are open

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 which 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 rollout.

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.