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Extraordinary Care Fund

Funding Rounds in 2022

If you apply before:

You will hear back by:

18 February 2022

8 April 2022

8 July 2022

26 August 2022

14 October 2022

2 December 2022

When to Apply

You can only receive one grant for each child in each financial year (1 July – 30 June). If you submit an application before the closing date of a funding round, it will be considered in that round. If you miss the closing date, it will be considered in the next round.

About the Extraordinary Care Fund

If you are in receipt of the Unsupported Child Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit for the support of a child in your care, you may apply to the Extraordinary Care Fund for funding to help the child reach their potential.

The ECF is a grant of up to $2,000, designed to support children who are:

  • experiencing difficulties that are significantly impacting on their development
  • showing promise in a particular area

Applications can be made for up to $2,000 in each financial year (1 July to 30 June)

If the cost is over $2,000 you'll have to show how you're going to pay the extra.

If you're caring for more than one child, you can apply for a grant for each child.

Grants that are awarded are based on the needs of the child rather than their family’s financial situation.

The fund DOES NOT cover:

  • costs that are covered by other agencies or the Establishment Grant or the School and Year Start-up Payment.
  • health and medical costs (e.g treatment or medication) but it does cover orthodontic or dental work
  • everyday costs (e.g school trips, vehicles, legal costs)
  • overseas travel

How to apply

  1. Read our Extraordinary Fund Guidelines or Download them in PDF format here.
  2. Download the ECF Application form here
  3. Print it out and complete the application form
  4. Gather together all supporting documentation required
  5. Book an appointment with your local Work and Income office as soon as possible to submit your application.
  6. Decisions are made within 5 weeks of the close of the funding round.

Important! Make sure you read all of the information contained on the Work and Income website about what is and is not covered and what supporting information is required to be submitted with your application.



About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



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Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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