A quick update about what level 2 means for WCT. Our priority is the safety of our team and the communities we serve so we won’t be connecting face to face just yet. Even though we are still working remotely we are here to listen and support, particularly if COVID-19 has changed things for your organisation. We encourage you to get in touch (via email if possible). Perhaps your organisation has already submitted an application and you would like to let us know of any changes due to COVID-19; or perhaps you would like to let us know how our current funding model is or isn’t working for you.

In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 virus we have simplified our usual funding process for the next 6 months (April 1 – Sept 30, 2020). This unprecedented situation is resulting in different and immediate needs for communities in this new environment. For this reason, we’ve changed to a model of:

  • One simplified application form
  • Granting on a monthly basis (no deadlines)
  • Up to $10,000 for a quick turnaround
    • Requests of over $10,000 (up to a maximum of $50,000) will be considered for special circumstances – these will take up to several more weeks to process, and we may ask you for more details.

This fund will have a strong equity focus, and priority will be given to organisations supporting whānau and community wellbeing, particularly for those most impacted by direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19.  The total budget of this fund is $1.5m, to be distributed between now and September 2020. You can still apply for projects that would usually sit within one of our usual funding streams (Quick Response, Community Grants and/or LIFT); the difference is that all applications will go through one simplified application form making it easier for you to apply. In October we hope to change back to our normal 3 funding streams.

Criteria & Exclusions

The same exclusions apply as usual; however, our key focus is to enable those communities most impacted to get funding more quickly and easily.  Applications should meet at least one of these criteria:

  • Immediate Community Need: Support communities that are struggling in this new COVID-19 context; this could include immediate needs such as housing, food, safety, and other practical needs.
  • Changed Service Delivery: Support community connection, engagement, and social inclusion in response to community need in the COVID-19 outbreak; this may include virtual delivery of services or programmes.
  • Capacity/Capability: Support organizations around capacity and capability to work in new ways. This may include resources to facilitate working remotely, addressing changing workforce needs, professional development.  


We’ve tried our best to anticipate your questions; and there are some that we will be able to answer later, once we’ve better established the immediate and longer-term community needs. Please read our FAQs specifically about our funding in this period and email us if you have a question that isn’t addressed here.

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