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COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls

September 24, 2021 at 3:05 PM


Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. 

“We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. 

“We want to act quickly to reach those women and children detrimentally affected by the current lockdown who are not being reached by other government supports.  We know from last lockdown this kind of funding can help safeguard women’s wellbeing as they deal with reduced working hours, job losses, increased caring responsibilities and an increase in domestic violence. 

“Many NGOs supporting women continue to face reduced income but increased demand for their support and services. This is particularly the case for organisations supporting Pacific women and their families in South Auckland.” 

From 17 September relevant organisations can apply for up to $50,000 each for work which will improve outcomes for women and girls. This may include a range of initiatives such as providing essential items, culturally-appropriate mental health support and support for women in unsafe family situations. 

Category: Funding