Support and Stimulus Package

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​​​​​​​​​​As part of its COVID-19 Support and Stimulus package Council has allocated up to $2M from its Disaster Fund to establish three new funds to support the people and the businesses in the district to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to stimulate the economy by funding new projects which increase the community and economic resilience of Waitaki. The new Funds will stay open until the Council considers the major impacts of the pandemic to have been ameliorated or all of the money in the Funds has been allocated.

Three areas of Support

​Because the support needs of people and businesses will be many and varied, the Support & Stimulus package is broken into three funds:

  • The Mayoral Relief Fund - to support individuals and families
  • The Community Resilience Fund -  to strengthen our communities
  • The Economic Resilience Fund - to give support and stimulus to businesses and stimulate the economy.  

Each fund is designed to provide relief from the effects of the pandemic, so all applications must be able to show how the support they are seeking will help with recovery from the impacts caused by, or made worse by, the pandemic​. How each fund works is described below.

The Funds are not intended to deal with requests for assistance which would naturally fall under the Council’s Rates Remission & Relief Policy.


Are you eligible?

Each support area has different eligibility rules and criteria, but in general, to be eligible for any support, you must 

  • Live in the Waitaki district; or
  • Be a community organisation or business which is based in the Waitaki District or delivering a service that benefits and adds resilience to the District or a part of it; or
  • Be a business or organisation based in the Waitaki District or delivering a service that benefits and adds resilience to the district
  • Be an individual, community group, informal collective or business seeking funding to deliver a project which will provide additional resilience to the community sector or economy of the district; and
  • ​If you are looking for some form of relief​, then be able to show that the condition requiring relief is a result of the pandemic; and 
  • ​Your need or project is not able to be wholly funded from sources other than Council, Council may, at its discretion, specify certain conditions when approving an application. Applicants may be required to agree in writing to these conditions and to repay any part or the whole of any grant or loan if these conditions are not met.​

Please talk to the Coordinator assigned to each Fund before you apply, so that we can help you decide early on if your application is likely to be considered.




What happens after you apply

Your application will be reviewed by the Coordinator for the relevant fund. They might ask you for more information to support your application. The Coordinator will provide an assessment of the application based on the criteria for the fund to the relevant committee which will decide if an application is successful.
  • Decisions on applications to the Mayoral Relief Fund will be made by the Mayor. Deputy Mayor and another Councillor.
  • Decisions on applications to the Community Resilience Fund will be made by the Grants & Awards Committee.
  • Decisions on applications to the Economic Resilience Fund will be made by the Executive Committee. 

Applications seeking higher levels of funding will be referred to a full Council meeting for a decision.

The relevant Committees will meet as soon as practicable to make decisions on applications. 

Council may, at its discretion, specify certain conditions when approving an application. Applicants may be required to agree in writing to these conditions and to repay any part or the whole of any grant or loan if these conditions are not met.​​



Mayoral Relief Fund – to address hardship

The purpose of the Mayoral Relief Fund is to provide assistance to families and individuals in the Waitaki District who are in serious hardship due to COVID-19.

  • The Mayoral Relief Fund is only available for Waitaki District residents.
  • ​The Mayoral Relief Fund is for personal welfare requests from individuals or families. 
  • The fund provides one-off assistance where the real need is shown. It is provided as a last resort, when applicants have exhausted all other ​sources of relief funding, including Work and Income, banks, and family members.
  • Applicants are required to show proof that they have tried other sources of relief funding.
  • Applicants must complete an application form and provide proof of need, such as an invoice for goods, electricity bill, letter from landlord, etc.

The Mayor’s office will review all applications, arrange payment (if applicable), and inform all applicants of the outcome.

If you have any questions about this Fund or whether or not you should apply, contact Leanne Kingan on 03 433 0300 or email lkingan@waita​ki.govt.nz​.

Mayoral Relief Fund​ Application Form​ (PDF, 281KB)



You can apply by either
  • emailing the form to SupportandStimulus@waitaki.govt.nz​ (Please write "Mayoral Relief Fund Application" in the subject line​ or
  • posting the form to Waitaki District Council, Mayoral Relief Fund, Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444​​ ​or
  • collecting an Application Form from the Service Desk at the Waitaki District Council office, Waihemo Service Centre and Waitaki District Libraries 


Community Resilience Fund – to support community services and resilience projects

The Community Resilience Fund is targeted at individuals and community-based organisations wanting to provide support or additional services to the community, and projects which increase social cohesion or community resilience and wellbeing. It is aimed at addressing a social challenge or opportunity identified as a result of the pandemic.

If you have any questions about this Fund or whether or not you should apply, contact Helen Algar on 03 433 0300, or email halgar@waitaki.govt.nz​




An application will be assessed as to the benefit it offers to the community and/or degree of consistency with Council’s Vision.  In particular, 
  • Applications from within Waitaki will take precedence over any other application.
  • Applications by entities which operate outside of Waitaki will be considered on a case by case basis where the long terms benefits for the district are clearly identified
  • Preference will be afforded to applications which utilise the services of local businesses where practicable

In your application you will have to show that 

  • Your need or project is meeting an identified COVID-19- related need in the community
  • You have investigated Government or other funding options
  • You will be making a contribution of your own to the project (this could be financial, volunteer time, access to resources etc)
  • Without Council support the project will not proceed
Your application will not succeed if 
  • You are a group primarily funded by Central Government or other organisations
  • Your organisation is seeking considerable capital funding
  • Extensions to existing service or projects that have received significant other contributions from Council will not be eligible unless they are clearly in greater demand due to COVID-19.

The following expenses are unlikely to be funded:

Ongoing operational costs 
  • Capital improvements to facilities not owned by the applicants
  • Funding for projects that have started before the announcement f this Fund 
  • Organisations that seek to redistribute funds to other recipients at their own discretion
  • Fund-raising costs
  • Debt repayment or refinancing existing loans
  • Vehicles
  • Overseas travel
  • Medical expenses, operations or treatment either here or overseas
  • Capital investment or trust funds
  • Rates
  • Routine facility maintenance

Applications will be assessed on criteria such as:

  • The degree of relief or benefit it offers to the community
  • ​The degree to which applications which support local businesses where practicable
  • Consistency with relevant Council plans, policies and strategies
  • Applications from within Waitaki will take precedence over any other application.
  • Applications by entities which operate outside of Waitaki will be considered on a case by case basis where the long terms benefits for the district are clearly identified
Applications for funding in excess of $20,000 will be made by a full meeting of Council.



You can apply by either
  • emailing the form to SupportandStimulus@waitaki.govt.nz​ (Please write "Community Resilience Fund Application" in the subject line​ or
  • posting the form to Waitaki District Council, Community Resilience Fund, Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444​​ ​or
  • collecting an Application Form from the Service Desk at the Waitaki District Council office, Waihemo Service Centre and Waitaki District Libraries 

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Economic Resilience Fund - for business and economic resilience projects

The Economic Resilience Fund is targeted to support individuals and groups to deliver commercially oriented activities which stimulate the economy or increase economic resilience.

To be eligible to apply you 

  • Must be based in the Waitaki District or delivering a service that benefits and adds resilience to the district or a part of it; or
  • The project brings broad economic benefits to the Waitaki district; or
  • The project provides increased resilience relating to an economic or social challenge or opportunity identified as a result of the pandemic; and 
  • You have investigated Government funding or other funding options
  • Without Council support,​ the project will not proceed

If you have any questions about this Fund or whether or not you should apply, contact Gerard Quinn on 03 433 0300 or email gquinn@waitaki.govt.nz.


Applications will be assessed on such factors as:

  • The number of jobs created or sustained while delivering the project
  • The number of jobs maintained after the project
  • Cost per job
  • The degree to which local suppliers will be used 
  • The level of co-funding provided by the applicant or other funders
  • The degree to which the scale of impact on the district can be qualified – e.g. how many people does this project benefit, is it a known impacted industry sector?
  • The degree to which the benefit to the district can be quantified 
  • The scope for follow-on benefits if the project is successful
  • The capability of the applicant to deliver the project and its outcomes
  • The strength of links to district/Council strategies and plans
  • The degree of collaboration with, or support from, others
  • The level of previous support from Council


Economic Resilience Fund​ Application Form​ (PDF, 316B)



You can apply by either
  • emailing the form to SupportandStimulus@waitaki.govt.nz​ (Please write "Economic Resilience Fund Application​" in the subject line​ or
  • posting the form to Waitaki District Council, Economic Resilience Fund​, Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444​​ ​or
  • collecting an Application Form from the Service Desk at the Waitaki District Council office, Waihemo Service Centre and Waitaki District Libraries 


Page reviewed: 10 Jul 2020 12:41pm