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About the grant

Disability 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 set by the Ministry of Health.

Applying for 2021 grants

Our 2021 training grant fund is now closed.

Information about new grant round dates will be announced in 2022.

You can register on our grants portal at any time as it will save your details.

If you have previously been successful in receiving Te Pou grant funding, please ensure all reporting and accountability is up to date.

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 rollout.
  • 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
  • not already be fully funded by other agencies/funds.

How the grant can be used

The grant covers the cost 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 participant 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

Find out 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.

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