Links to Financial Support

Financial Support

The following is a compilation of support, advice, assistance and activities available for individual children and their families that is available from various public and private organisations in the community.

  1. Halberg Foundation – Activity Fund Grant
  2. Variety Club – Grants
  3. The Wilson Home Trust – Grants
  4. Ministry of Disabled People – Carer Support
  5. National Travel Assistance
  6. Work and Income NZ
  7. Work and Income NZ – Child Disability Allowance
  8. Work and Income NZ – Community Services Card
  9. Work and Income NZ – Disability Allowance
  10. Work and Income NZ – House Modification Funding

1. Halberg Founation – Activity Fund Grant

Halberg Activity Fund grants are provided to enable physically disabled young people, aged 5-21, to participate in sport and recreation by reducing financial barriers.

Applications can be made by or on behalf of a physically disabled young person and can be submitted for the following categories:

  1. Equipment – Either the adaptation of equipment or the purchase of disability specific equipment
  2. Lessons and/or Coaching – This could be group or individual lessons/coaching to enable participation
  3. Camps – Additional costs associated with a physically disabled young person attending a camp. Eligible costs include a support person & adapted accommodation.

2. Variety Club – Grants

Variety is there for children in all sorts of challenging circumstances. We fund a broad range of requirements, from much-needed medical equipment, to life-changing mobility needs, to innovative educational initiatives. We have the ability to respond quickly, reaching children in need across the country.  Variety fills the funding gaps.

Active Me – Kia Tū is a fund created in partnership with Sport NZ. It’s designed to get Kiwi kids involved in play, activities, and sports – so they can participate in the things they love to do.

As part of Kiwi Kid Sponsorship, all sponsored children receive an Active Me grant of $300 to help them get active and moving.

An individual grant is a one-off payment. This can be spent on:

  • Everyday essentials (bedding, clothes, shoes)
  • School costs (uniforms)
  • After school activities (Swimming lessons, dance lessons, music lessons, sports club fees, sports uniforms)
  • Medical fees and equipment
  • Technology.

Individual grants are given every four months to caregivers of children from 0 to 18 years.

Individual grants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

3. The Wilson Home Trust – Grants

The Wilson Home Trust offers a range of grants that aim to assist and improve the lives of children and young adults, under 22 years, with physical disabilities, and their whanau, that live in the Upper North Island.

4. Ministry of Disabled People – Carer Support

Carer support is a subsidy funded by the Ministry of Health to assist the unpaid, full-time carer of a disabled person to take a break from caring for that person.

Carer Support is currently set by Whaikaha Ministry of Disabled People at $80 per day. The number of Carer Support days is based on the needs of the carer and the disabled person.

Carer Support days is allocated for a 12-month period and reviewed annually. It does not carry over and must be used within the allocated 12-month period.

5.  National Travel Assistance

If you are eligible for travel assistance, you may be able to claim for kilometres travelled by private car, public transport, accommodation, and specialised transport (such as taxis, mobility taxis, or air travel).

6. Work and Income NZ

7. Work and Income NZ – Child Disability Allowance

Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main caregiver of a child or young person (up to 18 years old) with a serious disability.  It is paid in recognition of the extra care needed for that child. (currently $56.60 per week)

For more information and application forms talk to your local WINZ office or go to Child Disability Allowance on the WINZ website.

8. Work and Income NZ – Community Services Card

Your child can obtain a Community Services Card and the benefits linked to that.

It provides you with reduced fees for doctors’ visits, prescription charges, and Ministry of Health travel assistance, if you have to travel out of town for consultations or treatment.  This requires referral from your health professional.

9. Work and Income NZ – Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, on-going costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel.

10. Work and Income NZ – House Modification Funding

House Modification Funding is a payment that helps someone pay for changes to their home because they or their child have a disability.  You can only get House Modification Funding if you are assessed as needing the house modification. The Ministry of Health makes this decision.  For more information and application forms talk to your local WINZ office. Check out Residential Support on the WINZ website.