Working through Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

We will be keeping our communities informed, as best we can in these fast-changing times, on ways we are working through the impacts of Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Be aware

The New Zealand Government posts all information for the public on Become aware of the alert level system (alternate languages: Te Reo Māori, Chinese) there is a press session daily from the Government and the Ministry of Health which updates on the status and alert level for COVID-19 in New Zealand. Official media outlets cover this.

Multi-lingual fact sheets, what you need to know:

All translated materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic are available here.

Alternative COVID-19 Funding Pathways

Download a list here.


Download a list of useful external COVID-19 resources here.

How Foundation North is responding

Date revised: Tuesday 9 June 2020

On this page we would like to share what the team at Foundation North is doing to ensure our mahi can, and will, continue as we all deal with the fast-changing COVID-19 situation.

Alert Level 1

Foundation North continues to operate with an abundance of caution to safeguard its people and the communities of Tāmaki and Tai Tokerau that we serve.  

  • our staff will continue to work remotely until 22 June
  • in Alert Level 1 our staff will be attending in-person external meetings
  • by 23 June the majority of our staff will return to our offices in Ponsonby
  • we will open our premises to the public on Wednesday 1 July

Foundation North will:

  • recommit
  • be flexible
  • fund to strategy

Does Foundation North still have money to provide grants?
Foundation North remains financially sound and is in a position to continue granting.  Our systems and processes, as well as our staff and trustees, are continuing to operate to make support available.

How is Foundation North responding to COVID-19?
In these unprecedented times, we are here for communities – we are here to listen, to respond and to act, especially where needs are greatest.

Organisations can be assured that our Quick Response Grants and Community Grants are already pathways they can use to get support for the services their communities need, including those related to COVID-19.

Our Strategic Plan sharpens our funding focus into four key areas – Increased Equity, Social Inclusion, Regenerative Environment and Community Support. By funding to this strategy, in these areas, we will see positive impacts happening where they are needed most - both through this current crisis and beyond.

Foundation North has released an allocation of funds to ensure we can respond to organisations that are supporting people, whānau and communities impacted by COVID-19. We are proactively reaching out via our networks across the region to make sure that organisations working to respond to COVID-19 are supported to meet the immediate and emergent needs of our communities.

What about my current Foundation North grant? Or if I have a request under assessment?
We acknowledge and understand that for many community organisations in our region, ‘business as usual’ has changed as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

Many face an immediate or longer-term scenario where, because of COVID-19, it is simply not possible to use their grant for the purpose or in the timeframe that it was intended for. Offering flexibility is our approach here – just let us know. We have options that may be able to help:

  • If your organisation has a grant request under assessment and you would like to let us know of pending changes due to COVID-19 – please contact a Grants Advisor on 0800 272 878.

  • If your organisation has a current ‘live’ grant from the Foundation and COVID-19 is affecting how you are using that grant, then please let a Grants Advisor know on 0800 272 878.

We all wish that you and your whānau stay safe and well. We’ll keep in touch if we have further information to share.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast

Response Timeline

Latest actions from Foundation North in response to COVID-19.

Friday 3 April 2020

News Update: Pathways to support - our grants response to organisations impacted by COVID-19.

Resources list published on this page.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

News Update: Working differently to slow the spread - how Foundation North is operating and responding going into Alert Level 4.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

We continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines and are operating with an abundance of caution to protect our people and the communities of Auckland and Northland who we serve.

Read the full newsletter to our communities including:

  • engaging with communities
  • looking after our people
  • being prepared
  • granting

Thursday 5 March 2020

News Update: Health & Safety Notice published detailing approach and advice for safeguarding health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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