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The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund

The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund is a $16.6 million fund set up under the Homelessness Action Plan. The fund is aimed at supporting local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness.  

A total of $4.1 million was allocated in round one, in the second half of 2020, when seven initiatives were partially or fully funded. 

In round two of the fund, up to $6 million will be allocated to eligible initiatives that meet the criteria and align with the priorities of the fund. A proportion of the fund, $1 million, will be allocated to small grants. 

Purpose of the fund 

The purpose of the fund is to: 

  • support the development and implementation of local initiatives that respond to and prevent homelessness  
  • enable and support community organisations, local government, Iwi and wider community partners to work together on initiatives to address homelessness  
  • support innovative ways of working to address homelessness, address system gaps and improve responses tailored to needs in local areas 
  • prioritise applications that support functional zero (ending or reducing the most acute forms of homelessness) approaches to street homelessness and/or reduce reliance on motels 
  • fund wider homelessness projects where a community identifies a need that is currently not being responded to, or where existing support is not adequate.

Pre-application queries for round two are now open

The application form will be available on this page when the fund opens. It will open once all of New Zealand moves down to at least COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

To find out more about the criteria and the application process, read the Guidance for applicants.


If you have any questions about the fund, email InnovationandPartnership@hud.govt.nz. We will respond within two working days.

The Aotearoa/New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan

As part of the development of the Aotearoa/ New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan and through work with the Sector, the Government has made $16.6 million available for the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund over three years to support local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness. Find out more about the Homelessness Action Plan.

Published: September 6, 2021

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