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 For Auckland call us on 09 4183753 or outside Auckland  0800 472 637

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School Year Start Up Fund

School Year Start Up Fund 

The School Year Start Up payment is available for those of you getting the Unsupported Child Benefit, or the Orphans Benefit from Work & Income.

Applications open in mid-January and close in mid-February each year.  Dates and links will be posted when they are available each January.

Applications must be made online.

The application form can be found in mid-January (when activated) at the Work and Income website. The link will be posted here when it is available each year.

If you do not have a computer you can visit a W & I office and they will assist you or alternatively call GRG's office on 09 4183753 between 9am and 2pm weekdays and we will help do this for you. Please have your Work and Income Client ID number handy.
It is very simple and will only take a few minutes.  Payment will be in your bank a/c within 3 days.
The School and Year Start-up Payment is available to people who are caring for someone else's child and helps with the costs that mostly happen at the beginning of the year, in particular pre-school and school-related costs such as clothing, school fees and stationery.

The amount paid (indicative rates below) is based on the age of the child at the end of February.

Age of child (at end of February)



0 - 4 years



5 - 9 years



10 - 13 years



14 years and over





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.  



Contact us

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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