The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund

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 (the Fund) over three years to support local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness.

Supporting and enabling local approaches is a guiding principle of the Homelessness Action Plan and the Fund. All communities around New Zealand are different, with their own distinct challenges and aspirations. Local leadership is essential to respond to local needs and drivers of homelessness. Local communities are already involved in developing innovative and locally responsive approaches to homelessness.  The Homeless Action Plan has identified the need for additional funding opportunities to support communities in their actions to reduce homelessness.

What is the purpose of the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund?

The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund aims 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
  • 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.
  • enable locally designed innovative initiatives to be funded, planned, and implemented in a local area.  Initiatives should propose new ways to respond to local causes and drivers of homelessness that may not be addressed by existing national policy, programmes or operations.   

The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund also reflects the following principles of the Homelessness Action Plan:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the government’s role as a Treaty partner is to get Māori where they want to be
  • Whānau-centered and strengths-based: focused on improving the wellbeing of whānau and addressing individual needs within a whānau context, community and connection to place
  • Focus on stable homes and well-being: looking past the short-term approach of providing an immediate crisis response to providing long-term sustainable housing solutions
  • Kaupapa Māori approaches: delivering actions in a way that embodies kaupapa Māori principles and ensuring delivery in line with those principles and ways of working which includes partnering with Māori and enabling Māori self-determination
  • Supporting and enabling local approaches: Supporting local communities to address the housing and homelessness issues they face in ways that respond to their different needs
  • A joined-up approach across agencies and communities: Addressing homelessness using true partnerships, collaboration and systems of support and housing.

Who should apply for the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund?

Applications must be made by the lead organisation of a partnership. The partnership must be made up of two or more organisations (local or nationally based) with an interest in responding to homelessness, for example:

  • Māori providers, hapū and iwi
  • community organisations
  • not for profit organisations

One or more organisations in the partnership must have provided response and prevention support services for homelessness or related non-housing services in the past. Wider community partners can also apply, but not as the lead organisation (these include organisations such as local councils, universities, research institutes, Police, District Health Boards and other government departments).

Apply to the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund

The funding round is open now and closes at 5:00pm on 16 October, 2020. Completed applications should be submitted via email to InnovationandPartnership@hud.govt.nz. You can also contact us at this address with questions about your application. 

Following assessment, the outcome of applications will be notified in writing to all applicant. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund?

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 (the Fund)over three years to support local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness.

Supporting and enabling local approaches is a guiding principle of the action plan and the Fund. All communities around New Zealand are different, with their own distinct challenges and aspirations. Local leadership is essential to respond to local needs and drivers of homelessness. Local communities are already involved in developing innovative and locally responsive approaches, however existing national funding parameters, programmes and settings do not always fund or enable innovation or locally designed initiatives, this is what the Fund aims to do. 

Why are we working in partnership?

True partnerships enable systems of support that are inclusive, equitable and take a holistic approach to understanding the causes of peoples homelessness.

Our vision is thriving communities where everyone has a place to call home – he kāinga ora, he hapori ora. Preventing and reducing homelessness requires everyone to work together to respond to the different challenges faced in communities around New Zealand.

Why were the priority groups selected for the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund?

The homelessness action plan recognises that some cohorts are overrepresented in homelessness statistics. These groups have very different needs which are not always supported by existing services and settings. This includes Māori who are severely overrepresented across all forms of homelessness, along with Pacific peoples, women, rangatahi/young people, migrants and refugees, older people, the rainbow community, and disabled people. There is considerable overlap among these groups.

How will applications be selected?

HUD will make funding decisions through a two-step process. A HUD Local Innovation and Partnership review team will assess applications and make funding recommendations. The Local Innovation and Partnership grant selection panel (made up of internal HUD, and external experts) will make final funding decisions.

Is the Fund available for housing supply?

No. Initiatives that are related to housing supply such as the acquisition of land, buildings, new builds or property leases intended to provide accommodation are not in scope of the Fund.

When do applications for the Fund open and close?

Applications for the Fund opened on 21 August, and close at 5:00pm on 16 October 2020.

Will there be another round of funding?

Yes, there will be at least one more round of funding.

When does round two of the Fund open?

Round two of the Fund will open in early to mid-2021

Where do applicants go for more information or help?

Applicants are advised to read the application guidance document for more information about the Fund, and for assistance when completing the Fund application. If additional help or assistance is needed, please email InnovationandPartnership@hud.govt.nz.

How much money is available in the fund, and how much money is available in round one?

There is $16.6 million available in the Fund, with up to 25% ($4.15 million) of the Fund being released in round one for fund-ready initiatives, with initiatives that require further development encouraged to apply for round two.

How much can I apply for?

There are two grant sizes:

Small to medium grants: from $50,000 - $500,000 (GST exclusive).

Large grants: from $500,000 - $2 million.

Can I apply for both the Local Innovation Fund and the He Taupua Fund?

Yes you can apply for both the Local Innovation and Partnership and the He Taupua funds (separately), but you need to ensure that your application meets the criteria and eligibility for both funds.

Published: August 21, 2020

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