COVID-19 Response

Level 1 - back in the office!

 

We know these are very uncertain times and we are aware of the challenges and increased pressure the impacts of Covid-19 will have on our community. So its now more than ever that we need to be supporting one another.

We have reviewed our strategic vision with regards to the impact of Covid-19 - for detailed information https://www.communitytrustsouth.nz/about-us/our-strategic-vision/

Please keep checking in with us as we post regular updates on this page. And remember you can call us for free on 0800 500 185 or email us on info@communitytrustsouth.nz or come and visit at 62 Don Street, Invercargill.

This page was last updated  23 July 2020. 

Keep up to date

 

Government is posting all the latest information on https://covid19.govt.nz/

Government also holds a press session daily, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, which updates the status and alert level for COVID-19 - Ministry of Health Updates

  • For people in the south who need financial support please ring Work and Income on 0800 559 009

  • The Government Helpline is available if you aren’t sure who to talk to 0800 779 997

  • New Zealand Red Cross is delivering in kind assistance to help foreign nationals meet basic needs such as food and accommodation call 0800 733 276

Community Trust South latest updates

Covid-19 Update - 28 May 2020

It is acknowledged that these are extraordinary times and while the impact of Covid-19 on our communities is still evolving, we already know that it will be significant. 

 “We have been heartened to see communities pull together and support each other to be innovative and adapt to operate in this challenging new environment” said Trish Boyle, Chair.  

 Covid-19 has also caused an economic crisis and it is predicted there will continue to be investment market volatility over the months ahead.  This is impacting on the Trust’s investment funds.  At this point however, the Trust is able to maintain its $6.5m grants budget for the coming year.  This has provided certainty to the wide range of community organisations we support through multiyear and recurring grants, Regional Sports Organisation funding and our Principals Discretionary Fund.  Some of these 250 organisations have been working on the front line during Covid-19 and our funding has given them much needed flexibility to focus their funding where it is most needed at this time and provided security until the future is clearer.

 In considering an appropriate response to Covid-19, Trustees have reviewed our current Strategic Vision and updated this to concentrate our focus on the most critical priorities in the post Covid-19 environment (visit about us / our strategic vision for more information).  This updated framework will allow the Trust to respond to Covid-19 and to support the ongoing recovery, reactivation and building of resilience across our communities. For the next six months we will be prioritising projects that support the people and communities most impacted by Covid-19,  enhance the capacity and capability of organisations to work in new ways, explore change for good opportunities and assist with communities building back better so they can thrive.

 “We will continue to connect across our communities and with sector stakeholders to understand emerging and evolving needs and will adapt our response where needed to ensure we can continue to make a meaningful difference.  Organisations are encouraged to contact us in the first instance to discuss their situation, that way we can provide guidance and support.”

Jackie Flutey,

General Manager

Community Trust South

Connecting with us through Level 2

Our priority continues to be our team and communities’ safety so while some of the team are back working in the office, we are currently open by appointment only.  The best way to contact us is by video calls, phone, or email:

  • by phone 0800 500 185
  • by general email info@communitytrustsouth.nz
  • by specific staff emails which are available on our website
  • via ZOOM just call us on 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz to arrange. 

We continue to follow Government guidance and will keep you up to date with any changes to the way we are operating.

Recipients with approved funding 

We trust you to know what’s best for your community so if you require some flexibility we encourage you to get in touch if you need to revisit any aspect of your project or funding.  

We’re also happy to extend accountability and other reporting deadlines.

Grant applications over the next 6 months

We continue to accept applications and for the next 6 months at least we will be reprioritising and sharpening some focus areas within our strategy so please visit our website to see what this may mean for you.

 In the short term the following will not be a high priority for us:

  • Maintenance and repair of facilities
  • Capital projects unless there is strong evidence that it will:
    • Stimulate recovery
    • Commence within the next 6 months
    • Have a community or regional social or economic outcome, i.e. creates or retains jobs or leverages additional funding into the region
  • Touring productions and organisations/projects delivered from outside the region given the need to focus on and to support local
  • Projects events and programmes that conflict with any COVID-19 Alert level guidelines
  • Duplication of services or existing similar activities
Let us sing your praises

We’ve heard some amazing stories of what organisations are doing by adapting and innovating how they are delivering services or running events.  We would love to hear about your stories.    

We’re here to listen and support

We know there are still a lot of unknowns, but we are committed to working alongside you as we all transition to the region’s recovery.  So don’t forget we are just a phone call (0800 500 185) or email away (dianne@communitytrustsouth.nz).

From the team at Community Trust South

COVID-19 Update - 9 April 2020

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui 

Together we can Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Steadfast and together will get through this and continue to make a real difference.

We would like to acknowledge that these are unprecedented times for us all and the impact of COVID-19 on our community is significant.  We are heartened to see the strength and resilience shown by so many community organisations and communities as they adapt, innovate and work together to continue to support those who need them. 

Grants budget and priority for funding

While there will be an impact on the Trust’s investment fund, we can confirm at this point that the Trust is able to maintain our granting budget at $6.5 million for this year.  The Trust will be taking a long term view and will be working to ensure we can continue to provide community support.  We will continue to actively engage with organisations in our community so that we can ensure the Trust appropriately targets our funding to provide the best support for our community both now and into the future.  Grant applications totalling $972,119 have been approved for April which will provide on-going assistance to many organisations during this difficult time. 

Providing flexibility for recipients with approved funding

As previously confirmed, where a grant or scholarship has been approved and you can no longer run or attend events or complete work due to COVID-19, your funding will still be paid out for costs which cannot be avoided and where there are no options to recoup costs. We will be flexible with your accountability and other reporting deadlines and encourage you to talk with us as soon as possible if you need to revisit any aspect of your funding. 

Change of purpose

With the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19 the way in which you deliver services, events and projects may need to change.  If you need to innovate or adapt your services, the Trust is here to support and work alongside you.  We ask that you keep us informed about any changes in purpose relating to your grant so that we can discuss and approve any change in a timely way.

Upcoming grant applications

We will continue to accept applications and to help inform our decision making we are asking some additional questions in our applications to understand the implications of COVID-19.

Other community support

Keep an eye on our website as we will continue to add useful information to help support your organisation.

We will continue to advocate for our communities, and we will adapt our responses to ensure the best use of our resources on behalf of the communities throughout our region.

 

Please remember we are only a phone call or email away so please reach out to us if you need to.  You can connect with us:

by phone 0800 500 185

by general email info@communitytrustsouth.nz

by specific staff emails which are available on our website

via ZOOM just call us on 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz to arrange.

COVID-19 UPDATE - 27 March 2020 - Government Announces Support for NGOs and Community Groups

The Government has announced a $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The package supports services that:

  • Ensure people have access to the food and other goods they need to survive
  • Provide a place for people to live
  • Support disabled people to maintain critical wellbeing
  • Keep families safe from harm and offer crisis support

Up to $16 million is to bolster existing essential social sector services delivered by NGOs so they can continue to support individuals, families, whānau and communities at risk through uncertain circumstances and respond to increased demand. 

Up to $6 million is funding for disability Community Participation providers to put in place appropriate health mitigations for the current group orientated services and provide support for disabled people in lock-down. 

Up to $4.8 million to provide community grants or fund innovative community-led solutions to support local resilience.

COVID-19 update – 23 MARCH 2020

For the health and safety of our staff, trustees and community from today Monday 23 March 2020 our premises at 62 Don Street, Invercargill will be closed. All meetings and events involving staff, applicants, grantees and stakeholders are therefore cancelled (including upcoming district visits, funding forums and other community meetings hosted at our offices).

However, we are continuing to run business as usual carrying out all aspects of our work and supporting grant recipients, applicants, partners and our community as we all navigate these unprecedented times – it’s just we are now doing this from home and through a virtual means.

We are continuing to accept applications, make decisions, process accountability reports and make payments. 

Connecting with us

We are encouraging you to keep connecting and engaging with us and there are several ways you can continue to do this:

 

Recipients with approved funding 

Where a grant or scholarship has been approved and you can no longer run or attend events or complete work due to COVID-19, your funding will still be paid out for costs which cannot be avoided and where there are no options to recoup costs. We will be flexible with your accountability and other reporting deadlines and encourage you to talk with us as soon as possible if you need to revisit any aspect of your funding.   

Upcoming grant applications 

We are continuing to accept applications and to help inform our decision making we are asking some additional questions in our applications to understand the implications of COVID-19.   

Community Care

Together we will get through this, please take care of yourselves and each other, and remember you can call us on 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz 

COVID-19 update - 18 March 2020

We would like to reassure all recipients and community groups involved with our funding, either currently or for future applications, that we have plans in place to enable us to continue our operations uninterrupted in light of COVID-19. We are continuing to accept applications, make decisions, process accountability reports and make payments. We will however be changing how we operate to help keep everyone safe and healthy and will be providing ongoing updates on our website and Facebook page. 

Connecting with us

For now, we have cancelled all district visits, events and meetings hosted at our offices until further notice. However, if you need to meet with us we ask that you consider doing this by phone, email or ZOOM and you can call us on 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz to arrange.

While at this stage our office remains open, we are requesting that prior to visiting us you call 0800 500 185 in advance and confirm: 

  • You have not returned from overseas or had close contact with anyone who has travelled overseas within the last month even if you are not exhibiting any symptoms, or 
  • You have not had contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and that you don’t feel unwell, or have flu-like symptoms. 

If meeting with us in person, please also understand that we will use appropriate social distancing e.g. keeping an appropriate distance and not shaking hands. 

 

Recipients with approved funding 

Where a grant or scholarship has been approved and you can no longer run or attend events or complete work due to COVID-19, your funding will still be paid out for costs which cannot be avoided and where there are no options to recoup costs (your accountability will need to include evidence of costs incurred). We will be flexible with your accountability and other reporting deadlines and encourage you to talk with us as soon as possible if you need to revisit any aspect of your funding.   

Upcoming grant applications 

We are continuing to accept applications and to help inform our decision making we are asking some additional questions in our applications to understand the implications of COVID-19. 

We are committed to supporting and looking out for one another

We appreciate your understanding and we will continue to monitor the situation in our community to ensure we are able to respond appropriately. Take care of yourselves and each other and if you have any queries call 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz. 

Jackie Flutey 
General Manager, Community Trust South 

Resources

Red Cross - Assistance for foreign nationals

For information regarding assistance for foreign nationals please visit - 

https://www.redcross.org.nz/stories/new-zealand/visitor-care-manaaki-manuhiri/

JBWere Philanthropic Services For-Purpose Covid-19 Technical Bulletin

The For-Purpose COVID-19 Bulletin summarises the current central government packages available to the sector and its employees, including those announced by the Government in its 2020 Budget. It also highlights the additional government funding available to certain sub-sectors.

JBWere Philanthropic Services For-Purpose Covid-19 Technical Bulletin

Building Capability Series - Southland Chamber of Commerce

Building Capability Series - NEW

Bite-sized learning designed to support organisational success in Southland

This workshop series is a new, collaborative programme.

The Chamber is partnering with our members to provide not for profit community organisations and local businesses with easy, and affordable access to bite-sized professional development workshops to ensure they are armed with best-practice knowledge and up-to-date techniques.

Key strengths for this programme will not just be in the knowledge covered in the workshops but also in bringing like-minded people together – creating a valuable opportunity to connect, network, share ideas, experiences and information; and allowing organisations to implement a comprehensive training programme for their people.

Special thanks to Community Trust South and our delivery partners for investing in this new initiative to help build a strong Southland community.

 

Awesome Benefits

  • Suite of bite-sized professional development workshops
  • Support organisation growth, productivity and success
  • Designed and delivered by local subject matter experts
  • Limited class sizes for a high-quality learning experience
  • Connect and upskill our community
  • Improve staff retention, boast morale and well-being
  • Not for profit rates (includes Charity, Inc. Society, Community Group and Non Government Organisations)
  • Gift vouchers available to donate to your charity of choice!

For more information, click here to view our Building Capability in Southland brochure.

Please contact us on 03 218 7188 or email office@commercesouth.com to make a recommendation for a new learning topic or to become a delivery partner.

Sport Southland to administer Sport NZ financial relief fund

Media Release - 7/05/2020

Sport Southland to administer Sport NZ financial relief fund

Southland sporting organisations will be able to access financial relief as part of a Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund administered by Sport Southland, it was announced today.

The fund will be available to regional sports organisations, sports clubs and any other organisations affiliated with a Sport New Zealand national investment partner. 

Eligible organisations can apply for a maximum of $1,000 for clubs and $40,000 for regional bodies.

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said the purpose of the fund was to provide short-term relief to organisations facing severe challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been an incredibly tough time for the sport sector during the lockdown period, with a halt to competitions and no Class 4 gaming funding seriously impacting revenue,” McDermott said.

“Play, active recreation and sport play a vital role in our wellbeing and bringing communities together. This fund will go some way to ensuring sporting organisations are in a position to support the community when the alert levels allow.”

Sport NZ have set the criteria of the funding, which will be assessed by Regional Sports Trusts as applications are received until the fund is empty.

Sport NZ chief executive Peter Miskimmin said it was hoped the relief package will provide maximum benefit for sport at a vital time.

 “Clubs and regional organisations are the heartbeat of our sector but have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19, they need support now more than ever,” Miskimmin said

Further details about the fund are available on the Sport Southland website.

Application forms will also be available on the site from Monday, May 11, at 10am.

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund Guidelines - CSRF Guidelines

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund Factsheet - CSRF Factsheet

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund FAQs - CSRF FAQs

Granting Schedule - 2020 - For Organisations

Guide to Assist with Post Covid-19 Business Planning

Please find attached a useful guide that McCulloch + Partners has prepared to assist with post Covid-19 business planning, it includes information on what you should consider now:

  • Cash Flow
  • Support Packages
  • Managing Key Stakeholders
  • Communication
  • Strategic Planning

The guide also provides a summary of government initiatives which are currently available as at 16 April; these are:

  • Regional Business Partner Business Consultancy Support
  • IR Tax Change
  • Central Government Support
  • Business Finance Guarantee Scheme

 

 

Community Law Centre - Employer Flowchart

Wage subsidy & Leave Payment Scheme - Part of Government's Covid-19 Economic Response Package

In response to COVID-19 the Government announced a $12.1 billion Economic Response Package. Part of this includes two subsidies a Wage subsidy and Leave Payment available to all New Zealand employers, contractors, sole traders, self-employed people, registered charities and incorporated societies.

There have been important modifications to the Wage Subsidy scheme. You may be eligible to apply for these schemes - for more information visit and how to apply visit https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html#null

Government Support Package for NGOs and Community Groups providing essential services

The Government has announced a $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The package supports services that:

  • Ensure people have access to the food and other goods they need to survive
  • Provide a place for people to live
  • Support disabled people to maintain critical wellbeing
  • Keep families safe from harm and offer crisis support

 

Support for Maori communities

Government has committed $56 million to support Māori communities and businesses feeling the economic impacts of Covid-19:

  • $30 million for targeted health funding for Māori
  • $10 million is for whanau Māori community outreach 
  • $15 million will go towards Whānau Ora to reach into Māori communities, and 
  • $1 million to provide Māori businesses with advice and planning tools to tackle the economic impact of Covid-19.

The previously announced $12.1 billion economic support package will also help Māori in our communities.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Understandably many people will be feeling increasing amounts of stress and anxiety as COVID-19 changes our daily lives. So its really important we look after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others - as together we will get through this.

Mental Health Foundation

You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.

Or visit http://www.mentalhealthorg.nz/get-help/covid-19/for top tips to get through.

Loss and Grief Centre

Are offering an Emotional Wellbeing phone service available to anyone - contact them on 027 443 8788 or email lossandgriefcentre@gmail.com

NZ Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

Coping during coronavirus

 

Gore Counselling Centre

Are undertaking their counselling sessions by phone or Facetime - you can contact them on (03) 208 5366 or text 027-860-3056 or email office@gorecounsellingcentre.com

Creative New Zealand COVID-19 response

Creative New Zealand announced its response to Covid 19 with a grant package of $16m - read more here
Creative New Zealands first pahse covid-19 repsonse $16m

 

For detailed and up to date information on how Creative New Zealand is helping the community go to their website - www.creativenz.govt.nz/news/covid-19-cnz-response

 

Click here for Creative NZ resource of frequently asked questions

 

Charities Services - Information for registered charities

Charities Services have compiled some really useful information in response to concerns they have been hearing about and questions they have been asked e.g. what to do if you have to cancel or postpone your AGM or what to do if you need an extension to file your annual return. 

Please also ensure your primary contact details are up to date on the Charities Register.

To get guidance on these and other concerns visit http://www.charities.govt.nz/news-and-events/blog/information-on-covid-19-for-registered-charities/

They have also advised the following: 

  • Staff from Charities Services remain contactable - if you have questions email info@charities.govt.nz – but it may take a little longer for them to get back to you.
  • They won’t have access to any post that has been sent, so contact them via email - annual returns, cheques and responses to questions that have been posted to them will have to wait until they return to the office.
  • Registered charities have 6 months after the end of their financial year to submit annual returns and financial statements/performance reports. They won’t be sending their regular reminder emails about annual returns being due - so if you are unsure when your annual return is due, you can find this out by searching for your charity on the online charities register, and selecting the “Annual Returns” tab.
  • If your charity’s annual return is due shortly, but COVID-19 means you won’t be able to file your documents on time, you can ask for an extension. To do this, please email info@charities.govt.nz and let them know how much extra time you need. They won’t be taking action on any late returns during the lockdown period, but encourage you to get in touch with them if you can.
  • Your charity will not be able to hold its Annual General Meeting or other meetings if they bring people together physically due to people needing to remain home over teh next four weeks. They recommend looking at ways of doing this remotely if possible.

Local Community Organisation Contacts

Age Concern - 03 218 6351

Citizens Advice Bureau:

  • CAB 0800 367 222, email or live chat 
  • Invercargill - 03 218 6648 or 03 218 2217 email invercargill@cab.org.nz or to live chat just visit the website 
  • Queenstown - 03 442 6799 or email or to live chat just visit the website 

Multicultural Council - 03 214 9296

Parent to Parent - 03 214 3179

Stroke Foundation - 03 214 5439

Epilepsy NZ - 03 218 3089

ABLE - 03 218 2100

Head Injury Society - 027 424881

Time Out Carers - 03 214 9999

Youthline - 03 211 0031

Southland Help - contact@southlandhelp.nz or call centre 03 218 4357

Southland Community Law - 0800 55 0800 or email enq@comlawsth.co.nz

MSD - Supporting providers

Volunteering NZ Pandemic/Disasters Resources