“This was a huge event that caused significant damage to people’s homes, lives and livelihoods,” says New Zealand Red Cross Secretary General Tony Paine.

We are launching the Damaged Home Grant because we know more than 570 homes have been damaged. While Kiwis are a resourceful bunch who’ve been making do and helping each other, they need a bit of help themselves. This grant will give those people a small helping hand.

In addition to the Damaged Home Grant New Zealand Red Cross continues to monitor and respond to the needs of people affected by the earthquakes across the country.

Red Cross volunteers and staff are currently going door-to-door in Kaikoura to ensure people are connected to help that is available and are providing psychosocial support.

Since 14 November, Red Cross volunteers have logged more than 9,000 hours of service, delivered 250 parcels of food, spoken with 1,100 residents through outreach and door-knocking projects alongside local community groups, and installed hand-washing stations in Kaikoura.

To date Red Cross has raised more than $3 million for the November 2016 Earthquake Appeal.

“I’d like to thank the generous people near and far who have donated to our appeal; to the people who dug deep and made these grants possible – thank you. And to the people who have helped out, our Red Cross teams and anyone who has lent a hand - thank you,” says Mr Paine.

Damaged Home Grant questions and answers

Who is eligible for the Damaged Home Grant?

  • The Damaged Home Grant assists households whose primary residence received either a red or yellow sticker, or they were required to evacuate their homes for more than seven days (for example, due to risks from landslides, flash flooding and proximity to buildings at risk of collapse) following the 14 November earthquakes.
  • The grant does not include people who were evacuated because of the threat of tsunamis, or who were not required to evacuate but chose to do so.
  • New Zealand Red Cross worked closely with others, including members of local communities when establishing the grant criteria. All grants are subject to availability of funding and applications will be considered in relation to the grant criteria.

How much will people receive?

The Damaged Home Grant is NZ$1,000 per household and will be paid directly to the grant applicant upon successfully meeting the criteria of the grant.

When can people expect to receive the grant if their application is successful?

If application forms are completed correctly and the applicants meet the criteria, grants will be processed and paid into a nominated bank account as soon as possible. We are aiming for a five-working-day processing target, depending on the number of applications we receive at any given time.

Can people apply if they have insurance?

Yes, insurance does not affect your eligibility to apply for grants.

Will the grants affect a person’s eligibility for financial assistance from the Ministry of Social Development?

No. These grants are not included in income and asset testing for all financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Social Development. This includes all main benefits, Student Allowances, supplementary assistance and hardship assistance provided by Work and Income and Studylink.

How to apply for a grant

  • The application form can be downloaded below.
  • Completed applications are to be emailed to EQGrant@redcross.org.nz or posted to New Zealand Red Cross Grants Team, PO Box 217, Christchurch Mail Centre 8140.
  • For further assistance and information people can call the grant helpline on 0508 4 GRANTS (447 2687) or email EQGrant@redcross.org.nz 
  • The closing date for all grant applications is 10 March 2017.

Damaged Home Grant application form

Damaged Home Grant (PDF)