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Disability Training Grant

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

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 in partnership with Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.

Applying for 2024 grants

The next funding round opens on Monday 19 February 2024 and will remain open until all funds are allocated.

All of the Disability grants are made available by Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, who provide the funding and set the priority areas. The grants are administered by Te Pou.

Grant changes and updates will be communicated via our e-bulletin and website.

Who can apply

  • Disability Support Service (DSS) providers, who hold a contract with the Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.

  • Approved Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s) that are part of the DPO coalition.

  • Organisations that provide disability support services but do not hold a DSS contract with Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.

  • 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 Whaikaha-funded DSS provider, an approved DPO or employed through Whaikaha-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.

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 $6,000 (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.

For more information