Workforce development grant

Tā ngā kāhui kākā katoa, he tātāriki – Every flock of kākā has a leader

He pūkenga tō Tū, he pūkenga anō tō Rongo – Have the right skills for the right occasion

2019 applications 

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

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About the grant

Workforce development grants are available to:

  • help cover the costs of employees taking part in leadership and skills development activities
  • offer learning and development opportunities that support leadership in, and greater alignment to the Let’s get real: Disability and DSS new models for supporting disabled people
  • develop leadership skills and improve quality of service to disabled people and family/whānau.

Who can apply

  • Disability Support Service providers who hold a contract with the Ministry of Health.
  • Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) that are part of the DPO coalition.

Applications must be submitted by the DSS provider or DPO provider. Individual participants (staff, consumers/whanau) cannot apply directly.

Please contact if you need further information.

How the grant can be used

The grant covers the costs of employees taking part in leadership and skills development activities. The grant can be used for:

  • training fees
  • related resources (eg 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, and costs that are associated with course delivery of the approved NZQA qualifications that are funded through the training grants.

How much can be funded

  • Participants can be funded up to $5,000 (GST inclusive) per calendar year.
  • Organisations can be funded up to $80,000 (GST inclusive) per calendar year.

Grant priorities

The learning activity must align with Let’s get real: Disability as an overarching framework, meeting the needs of disabled people, whānau and communities.

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.

Eligibility criteria

As well as complying with our terms and conditions, workforce development grant applications must also meet the following criteria.

The organisation must be:

  • funded by the Ministry of Health to deliver Disability Support Services (DSS); or
  • a Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) that are part of the DPO coalition.

Participants must be:

  • paid employees of a Ministry of Health funded DSS or a DPO that is part of the DPO coalition, or employed through Ministry of Health funded DSS individualised funding agents
  • New Zealand citizens or hold permanent resident status
  • supported by their employer to participate in the learning activity.

The learning activity must:

  • not already fully funded by other agencies/funds
  • start (and usually end) in the calendar year of the grant
  • be delivered in New Zealand.