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 first round of the workforce development grant 2019 will open on Monday, 4 March 2019 and will remain open until 12pm (midday) on Friday, 29 March 2019.

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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 disability@tepou.co.nz 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 the Let’s get real: Disability framework as an overarching framework, meeting the needs of disabled people, whānau and communities.

Learning topics might include the following:

  • supporting disabled people in the areas of safety, autonomy, self-determination, citizenship and representation, for example, training on UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • specific disabilities and specialist support including ASD
  • literacy and numeracy development
  • disability awareness and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for health professionals (where the course is run by disabled people)
  • cultural competency and responsiveness
  • strategic and operational management, governance and leadership that leads to transformational change of an organisation
  • protecting children with disabilities.

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.