Community Capability & Resilience Fund

Community groups can apply now to a $36 million Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF). 

The CCRF was set up by the Ministry of Social Development to help communities rebuild and recover from impacts of the first COVID-19 lockdown. The CCRF is also supporting locally-led solutions that directly respond to immediate needs of communities impacted by the recent change in Alert Levels on 11 August 2020.  

Priority groups 

The CCRF is targeted towards initiatives that support identified priority groups, which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups. 

Who can apply? 

The CCRF is for community groups that come from a cross-section of their local community. 

Examples of community groups who can apply are: 

  • Local marae, whānauhapū, iwi 
  • Multicultural councils 
  • Ethnic community organisations 
  • Faith based, religious and church groups 
  • Community access radio stations 
  • Community Hubs 
  • Not for profit organisations and social enterprises 
  • Other community-based interest groups 

The CCRF enables these groups to focus on community wellbeing and efforts to help promote social inclusion. 

The types of things you can apply for funding 

  • Developing and implementing local plans to get essential supplies to people who need them 
  • Wider assistance with self-isolation and developing community outreach 
  • Technology to provide services remotely 
  • Help to ensure your community group is operating safely 
  • The development and implementation of your COVID-19 recovery plans 
  • Help to plan and build economic capability 
  • Opportunities to improve and coordinate the services you deliver 
  • Funds to help you collaborate and work with other community groups (eg Community Hubs) 
  • Help to cover operational and administrative costs 
  • Support for you to develop fundraising campaigns 
  • Working within your community to support the making of and/or access to re-usable face coverings. 

Note: the above is a list of examples and there could be a wide range of initiatives that fit the CCRF criteria. 

The CCRF will not fund: 

  • salaries or wages unless extra staff are required to implement the initiative 
  • loss of salaries or wages 
  • activities that intend to generate profit 
  • the promotion of commercial, political or religious objectives 
  • the purchase of alcohol 
  • individuals 
  • Limited Companies unless you are a charitable trust 
  • Establishment and operation of Foodbanks 


How to Apply: 

Complete an application form. 

Send your completed application and supporting material to 

The application form asks for key information, including a description of your community initiative and its benefits. You can also choose to submit a 2-3 minute video about your initiative to support your application.  

How much grant funding is available? 

The fund has an initial guide of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) in one-off payments. 

Requests that are for more than $5,000 (excluding GST) will be considered and you are encouraged to provide more detailed information in the application.