In 2016, 133 applications from 63 organisations across New Zealand received consumer leadership development grant (CLDG) or workforce development grant (WDG) funding from Te Pou. Two funding rounds were held for each grant: one in March and one in September.

The September round, the last for 2016, funded 92 applications from 48 organisations combined across both grants. For each grant, this was at least 25 more applications than in March – for the CLDG, this was a 433% increase.

The CLDG received 48 applications worth a total value of $764,487. Our moderation panel faced a difficult task as the total funding available for this round was $400,000. However, we were able to fund 32 applications worth a total value of $404,095 across 19 organisations in September.

The WDG received 124 applications worth a total value of $1,268,384. Again, $400,000 funding was available for this grant round. After some tough decisions, we funded 60 applications worth a total value of $412,201 across 38 organisations in September.

Find out more about how CLDG and WDG funding was allocated in 2016.

2017 grant funding

The first round of CLDG and WDG funding for 2017 will open for applications via the online grants portal on 6 March and close on 31 March.

Training grant applications for 2016 are closed. On 16 January 2017, applications will reopen with a $500,000 pool of funding for the year. Applications for 2017 will only be accepted via the online grants portal – more information will be available on our website in the New Year about how to apply online for training grants.

An innovation grant round will also be run in the first part of 2017 with applications available via the grants portal. More information about this will be provided in the New Year.

When applying for funding, we encourage organisations to sign up to Real Skills online to help develop targeted workforce development plans. Real Skills is an online tool developed by Te Pou and Matua Raḵi to provide an easier way for worker and organisational self-assessment against a suite of mental health, addiction and disability knowledge and skills frameworks, including Let’s get real: Disability.

Let’s get real: Disability is the overarching framework that learning activities must align with for workforce development grant funding. The framework describes the essential attitudes, values and skills needed by everyone who works in disability and aims to support the disability workforce to better meet the needs of disabled people now and in the future.

Find out more about how to use Real Skills online and whether your organisation is ready to sign up to it.