We know that things are difficult right now. Whether income has decreased, community need has increased, or you're unsure what the future holds,  we want to assure you that we are here to support you. Whether that is funding we have already approved, or funding you'd like to apply for this year, we are continuing with a business as usual approach so that you can continue doing the amazing work you do in our community. 

We are also looking at ways we can provide another level of support for those groups responding to the increasing needs of our community during this difficult time. 

Take a look at some frequently asked questions below, and if your question isn't answered, please give us a call on 07 578 5094.

We've already had funding approved - can we send through invoices/claims now, or should we wait until later?

TECT is still fully operational so please send through any outstanding invoices/claims as usual. We process payments on a weekly basis.

Can I still apply for funding?

Yes - TECT Trustees signed off the distribution plan for 2020/21, confirming we will distribute $9M through the grants programme in a business as usual approach. The April funding round closes on 1 April. You can apply for funding through the Community Development, Community Events, or Community Facilities funds. Download an application form here.

Has the funding process changed in response to COVID-19?

While our funding process is still the same, we will be increasing  our trustee meetings to fortnightly, via video conference, to ensure quick turnaround of funds. As always, we are happy to assist with your application. Please give us a call on 07 578 5094 or email us as info@tect.org.nz.

My charity has/will be experiencing increased need over the coming weeks/months in response to COVID-19. Can you support us with this?

We are working with other local funders to look at how we can best fill the gaps not addressed by the government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Package. We are working through details of a Rapid Response Fund, which will support those community groups providing essential social services during this difficult time. The goal is to ensure that the applications are quick and simple to fill out, with a quick turnaround time to approve funding. To learn more about the Rapid Response Fund, click here.

What additional support is the government providing for essential social services?

The government announced that they will be providing a $27 million package to support social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities. The package supports services that:

- Ensure people have access to food and other goods needed to survive
- Provide a place for people to live
- Support disabled people to maintain critical well-being
- Keep families safe from harm and offer crisis support

You can read more about the package here. Further information will be made available in the next day or two. Keep an eye out on the COVID-19 website, and on the Beehive website.

Should we apply for the government's wage subsidy, and how do we do that?

If your community group has experienced, or is projected to experience, at least a 30% decline in revenue compared to last year for any month between January 2020 and the end of the scheme in June 2020, then yes you should apply. Applications can also be made on the basis of forecast revenue loss within the period of the scheme. We have put together a simple 5 step application guide to help you navigate the process here and below. From talking to some community groups who have made an application, the application process, after collating all the required information, took only 30 minutes, with a turnaround of payment in 5 working days. If you would like any assistance making an application, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with our Accounts and Investment Administrator, Tricia Hudson at tricia@tect.org.nz. We are more than happy to help.


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