Community Support Package

Pasefika Proud wants to thank community groups and providers who have helped our people tremendously during these difficult times.

Our families and communities will continue to require assistance in a great number of ways, as we all recuperate from the devastating effects of cyclone Gabrielle.    

Here we share important information provided by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to help our communities rebuild and recover. 

Community Support Package funding 

Many community groups and providers are still busy in response activity in relation to the floods and cyclone. We know many of you are providing this support without an easily accessible funding source and that you may not have time to connect with or realise what funding MSD has available.  

If you are running short of resource, you are encouraged to look at applying for the funds in the Community Support Package most relevant to you.

Applying for the Community and Provider Support Funds 

The Community Support Fund 
For groups and organisations not contracted to government agencies.  Examples of community groups who can apply are: 

  • Multicultural councils 
  • Ethnic community organisations 
  • Faith based, religious and church groups 
  • Community Hubs 
  • Not for profit organisations and social enterprises 
  • Grassroots initiatives with significant relationships with community members 


The Provider Support Fund 
For providers who already have government contracts in the social sector, including those funded by: 

  • Ministry of Social Development 
  • Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People 
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples 
  • Te Puni Kokiri 
  • Ministry for Ethnic Communities 
  • Department of Internal Affairs 


Note: If your funding requirements are more than the stated funding cap – please outline the full amount you need so this can be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  

If you have any questions around exactly what each of the funds can be used for, please get in touch with MSD email

Useful links to other available government support 

The Community Support Package sits alongside a suite of supports that have been put in place to support those affected by the recent North Island floods and Cyclone Gabrielle. These include: 

Contact your local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group before establishing new welfare services  

Before committing resources to help your community, please contact your local CDEM Group to discuss how you can best provide the welfare support your community needs. 

A core focus of an effective emergency response is ensuring robust and coordinated welfare service arrangements are in place to meet the needs of affected individuals, families/whānau, and communities.  

Each CDEM Group is responsible for the coordination of and arrangements for the local delivery of welfare services. 

Community-based organisations may also establish and offer welfare support to the community. 

Arrangements between CDEM Groups and community-based organisations must be agreed in advance, so both parties are clear about what the funding is for and what costs are reimbursable. 

Contract flexibility for providers in flood or cyclone affected areas 

MSD will ensure funded providers are treated fairly if delivery of contracted services is impacted by the mahi you’re doing to support people, whānau and communities affected by recent flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle.  

If you must reduce or alter your services temporarily, MSD will look to maintain current funding levels for the period of the contract and revise reporting requirements.  

MSD recognise it may be necessary for some services to be delivered in different ways and can support you to be flexible in responding to the different needs of your communities.  
Please talk to your Relationship Manager or Regional Contract Manager about other support MSD may be able to offer. 

If you’re not funded by MSD, please talk to your funding agency about how your contract commitments will apply.  

Subscribe to MSD Provider Update 

One of primary channels MSD use to keep providers, community groups and iwi/hāpu updated is via a Provider Update.  

To subscribe email your details to  
To read Provider Update from 27 February here. 

If you have any questions or need more clarity around the funds under the Community Support Package, please get in touch at