Workplace injury prevention grants

We want to partner with you to create safer workplaces.

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    How injury prevention grants work

    These grants provide funding for organisations to help solve workplace health and safety problems that affect multiple businesses in an industry or supply chain.

    We’ll partner with these organisations to help carry out projects and share the benefits with other businesses. The idea is to create changes that lead to workplace health and safety improvements for many businesses and their staff.

    How much funding is available?

    Organisations can apply for between $50,000 and $500,000 (excluding GST) per year for a maximum of three years.

    We’ll evaluate all applications against assessment criteria and those that best meet the criteria will be considered for a grant. We won’t be able to approve all applications for funding.

    Types of projects we'll help fund 

    We’ll be seeking proposals from eligible organisations that align to the 2019 investment priority for Workplace Injury Prevention Grants. The first funding round in 2019 will prioritise proposals that strengthen sector leadership within the health and safety system to lead and drive an improvement in health and safety performance in higher risk sectors. This includes sector or industry groups or a supply chain i.e. unions, business groups, specialist health and safety groups.

    With the recent launch of the Health and Safety at Work Strategy 2018-2028, ACC wants to ensure any co-investment is targeted to workforce and industry groups that are at higher risk of injury.

    The identified higher risk sectors are:

    • construction
    • manufacturing
    • agriculture
    • transport
    • postal and warehousing
    • health care and social assistance
    • retail trade
    • forestry and logging. 

    Heath and Safety at Work Strategy 2018-2028

    Grant categories

    The grants are available for a range of proposals that include one or more of the following categories.


    These projects are likely to focus on the design and use of new technologies and/or methodologies.

    Successful applications will clearly and concisely demonstrate how they will trial or support the integration of new technologies or methodologies into workplace health and safety systems eg engineering equipment to reduce the risk of back injury for workers in the construction industry.

    System capability development

    These projects are likely to have emphasis on solving problems of national or regional significance. 

    Successful applications will clearly demonstrate that the problem or opportunity they seek to address affects all New Zealanders eg designing programmes to coach workers to increase their safety risk management skills.

    Applied research

    These projects are likely to demonstrate contribution to economic, system-wide or behavioural change in workplace health and safety. 

    Applications are required to demonstrate, in detail, clear linkages to sustainability, reach, benefits and industry and worker engagement eg understanding how to develop injury prevention resources for workers with low literacy.

    When you can apply

    We’ll run two funding rounds per year, and the first funding round will be open from 28 February to 28 March 2019.

    Who can apply

    Only organisations can apply, not individuals. Organisations need to be a registered legal entity to apply, eg a university, research institute, business or charity. 

    How to apply

    1. Check your project is eligible

      The eligibility criteria:  

      • the project will demonstrate health and safety leadership and collaboration with other partners in your industry or supply chain 
      • the project will create benefits contributing to improved health and safety in New Zealand for multiple workplaces
      • the organisation is applying for an amount between $50,000 and $500,000 (GST exclusive) per year for a maximum of three years. 
      • the organisation will contribute a minimum of 20% of the total cost of the project in cash and/or in-kind 
      • the organisation is a registered legal entity in New Zealand
      • the organisation operates in New Zealand and the project will be undertaken in New Zealand.
    2. Complete your application

      Organisations must submit a quality application which:
      • strongly aligns to the investment priority set for the first funding round
      • describes the health and safety benefits and outcomes the project aims to achieve
      • identifies organisations who’ll collaborate on the project
      • describes how knowledge generated from the project will be disseminated and shared
      • outlines the scope of the proposed project including S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) objectives and a level of risk assessment
      • details a project’s budget and its milestones
      • conveys how the project will be governed and managed 

    Guidance for applicants

    • Applications open on 28 February and close on 28 March 2019
    • Ensure appropriate planning is in place to complete the application
    • Have conversations with supportive organisations prior to applying
    • Email us with any enquiries



    Sign up for updates

    Sign up for updates by emailing us your name, industry and organisation’s name. We’ll keep you updated and send you a reminder when the funding round opens.


    Last published: 15 February 2019