COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Disabled Peoples Communications Fund

Specific funding has been set aside to increase access, uptake, support informed consent and information dissemination to New Zealand’s disabled community. A total pool of $2 million has been made available for these purposes and applications are being invited for grants of up to $50,000.

About this form

This form enables eligible provider and community organisations to make an application for funding to deliver communications initiatives that support the COVID-19 Immunisation of Disabled Peoples. This application form is only to be completed by those authorised staff of or on behalf of your Provider organisation.

This application form asks you to complete a small number of questions about your proposed idea that will help the panel confirm which initiatives to fund, at what level and value. It is important to note that there is no guarantee your application will be successful.

Completing this form

Please complete all sections fully and accurately. We’ve added additional guidance notes in brackets and italics on the form.

Before you apply

Before submitting an application please ensure the following conditions are met.

  • You are a Disabled Persons Organisation entity, a Disabled Persons Health provider and/or other relevant legal entity.
  • No other funding supports your proposed initiative.

There are five criteria that will be used to assess funding applications. To be considered for funding, a proposal must meet the first criteria and then at least two additional criteria. The criteria are as follow.

Compulsory criteria – must be met by all proposals

  1. The applicant would need to confirm (and, if requested, demonstrate) that they have deep connections to a disability community and an obvious current presence in the sector. 

Additional criteria – proposals need to meet at least two of these

  1. Proposal would help meet a specific disability need and support appropriate, aligned campaign / content development.
  2. The proposal would help reach a specific audience who would not otherwise have accessed the wider population campaigns.
  3. The proposal supports research to gather qualitative or quantitative data to further inform or improve approaches to engaging this community.
  4. The proposal includes a mechanism or resource for providing feedback/sentiment analysis to the CVIP programme for continuous improvement.


The purpose of the Disabled Peoples Communications Fund (the Fund) is to assist groups to provide tailored regional and local Disabled Peoples communication and support responses for Disabled People, and/or their carers, family or whānau as part of the COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Programme national rollout.

The funding is intended to help remove obstacles and barriers to access the vaccine for our priority population groups by providing opportunities to co-design, to develop targeted content to more effectively reach specific audiences, and to obtain qualitative and quantitative feedback to direct appropriate channels and approaches.

Submitting your application

All completed application forms must be submitted in electronic form via e-mail to: [email protected]. Please include ‘COVID-19 Disabled Peoples Communication Funding Application’ in the subject line.

Next steps

Applications for funding must be submitted on or before 5 pm, 11 June 2021. Applications will be assessed for eligibility, as well as how well the initiative meets the evaluation criteria. We will endeavour to assess your application and a decision on funding within 20 working days following the closing date of 11 June 2021. We may take longer to assess your application where there is incomplete information or additional information and/or reference checks are required. If that happens, we will be in contact regarding your application and we will notify you of any delay in assessing your application.

Assessment process

A funding panel will be established consisting of Disabled People experts, communication experts and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development to assess the applications.

Key dates

Applications open

28 May 2021

Deadline for Questions from suppliers

2 June 2021

Deadline for the Buyer to answer suppliers’ questions

4 June 2021

Deadline for applications

5pm, 11 June 2021

Shortlisting of applicants’ week beginning

14 June 2021

Meetings scheduled with shortlisted applicants as relevant

21 June 2021 to 25 June 2021

Unsuccessful Respondents notified of outcome

28-30 June 2021

Contractual negotiations concluded

8 July 2021

Contracts ready for signing

15 July 2021

Expected contract start date

21 July 2021

Funding agreement

If your application is successful, the information supplied as part of your application will form the basis of a funding agreement between the parties.

Each successful organisation or applicant will receive up to $50,000.00 (excl GST) for their communication work. If a group wishes to collaborate then applications to receive more than $50,000.00 (excl GST) will be considered. Ensure your initiative plan and timeline clearly shows who or what will be done by the various partners of the collaboration.

Public disclosure

The information supplied as part of your application constitutes public record and will be retained to the extent required by the Public Records Act 2005. The Ministry of Health may also be required to disclose information supplied as part of your application under the Official Information Act 1982 or to a Parliamentary Select Committee or Parliament in response to a Parliamentary Question. To the extent permitted by law, commercially sensitive and personal information will be redacted. Please identify by highlighting any information in your application that you regard as commercially sensitive or as personal information for the purposes of the Privacy Act 2020.

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