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.

Round two applications are closed

HUD is now assessing the applications and will notify all applicants in due course.

Round two timeline

Applications open

16 November 2021

Applications close

28 February 2022

HUD assessment of applications

April/May 2022

Applicants expected to be notified of the outcome of funding decisions

May/June 2022

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