Workplace injury prevention grants
We are partnering with businesses to help create safer workplaces. We’re investing $22 million over five years as part of an injury prevention programme.
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How workplace injury prevention grants work
Workplace Injury Prevention (WIP) Grants provide funding to agents of change to solve workplace health and safety challenges. The vision of the grants is to become a catalyst for major health and safety improvements. The grants will connect internal and external agents of change to impact New Zealanders through developing, sharing, investing in and implementing solutions for common and relevant problems.
A Workplace Safety Incentives Investment Panel helps us prioritise our grants. This ensures they align and integrate with other existing health and safety programmes in similar sectors or business groups.
Funding is made available annually, with new funding rounds announced here. You can sign up for updates by emailing the WIP Grants team:
Current funding round - Round 4
Applications for the current funding round are now closed. The two investment priorities were:
1. Managing psychosocial hazards and risk in the workplace through implementation of Good Work Design.
2. Strengthening sector leadership to improve workplace safety outcomes and reduce injuries to workers.
- 29 April 2022: applicants notified of results
- 29 July 2022: recipient announcements
Applicant guidelines & support
The standard funding agreement terms and conditions includes important information such as ownership of intellectual property and confidentiality.
When funding rounds open we run a series of modules to cover key themes and support you through the application process. You can find the supporting information for the Round 4 applications below.
- Introduction to Workplace Injury Prevention Grants
- Investment Priorities explained
- Live Q&A Hui
- Preparing a full application
- Understanding Return on Investment (ROI)
- Live Q&A Hui
Who can apply
Only organisations that operate in New Zealand can apply. Organisations need to be a registered legal entity in New Zealand to apply, eg a business, charity, university, or union. Individuals can’t apply.
How much funding is available?
Agents of change can apply for between $50,000 and $500,000 (excluding GST) per year for a maximum of three years.
We'll check 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.
The amount of funding we approve will depend on the scope of your proposal and the health and safety benefits your proposal aims to create. You’ll be required to co-fund at least 20% of the requested grant amount.
Types of projects we'll help fund
We're looking for proposals that fall into one or more of the following categories. Note, a grant can’t be used for subsidising a health and safety solution or product for a specific business.
These projects will focus on developing, implementing and evaluating original and practical solutions for specific workplace health and safety challenges. These will apply innovation across the health and safety system by using technology, new systems and methodology. For example, developing engineering equipment to reduce the risk of back injury for workers in the construction industry.
System capability development
These projects will focus on solving problems of national significance. They'll design, test, develop, and share solutions that build the workplace health and safety capability of New Zealand as a system. For example, designing an industry-wide competency framework to ensure adequate workers’ safety risk management.
Recipients of previous funding rounds
Four organisations are being awarded a total of $2.9m to deliver interventions that will help reduce injuries in the workplace. This is the third funding round of the Workplace Injury Prevention (WIP) grants since it launched in February 2019.
The funding round prioritised proposals that aligned to one of the following investment priorities:
- Lead, build and deliver solutions to reduce the risk of work-related sprains and strains in high-risk sectors of Construction, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Transport (includes organisations with a core business activity of Postal Services and Warehousing)
- Strengthen the role of sector groups in leading initiatives to lift outcomes across workplaces, particularly where there is a high risk of injury.
The successful applicants in this round are:
Canterbury Safety Charter Incorporated - $900,000
This project will utilise Building Information Modelling (BIM) to improve health and safety outcomes, targeting the whole-of-life infrastructure creation and management sectors. Accidents and injuries will be reduced through collaborative design interventions and greater practitioner understanding of their sites at all stages of construction and use.
SaferMe Ltd - $450,000
This project in collaboration with Civil Contractors New Zealand is targeted at reducing sprains and strains in the civil construction industry through development and implementation of an algorithm and risk mitigation solution, that enables risk to be identified at the individual level and supports targeted mitigation actions for high-risk workers.
Massey University - $850,000
This project will identify and monitor all work-related sprains and strains claims in the Hawkes Bay region between 2021-2023, applying prevention through design (PtD) principles to develop specific interventions to prevent those injuries.
Horticulture NZ Inc - $721,000
This project is directed towards building system capability and establishing health and safety leadership through four key project steps; Understand >Intervene > Support > Lead. The systems thinking basis of the project recognises that multiple physical and psychosocial factors interact to create harm. The project will identify specific hotspots within the system to target by analysing these physical and psychosocial factors as components in a complex system.
Dairy NZ - $900,000
This project will use systems thinking to understand the causes and co-develop and implement solutions that work for and are valued by farmers and farm employees. This co-development process with farmers and stakeholders has been used successfully by Dairy NZ in other topics, also strengthening sector leadership and integration within dairy and across agriculture.
The second funding round priorities were set by the Workplace Safety Incentives Investment Panel. Proposals had to align with one of the investment priorities:
- lead and drive improvement in workplace health and safety performance across industries with high rates of injury
- deliver an innovative solution to improve workplace health and safety outcomes for workforces overrepresented in injury statistics. Focusing on factors impacting groups exposed to a higher risk for injury including Māori, Pasifika and migrant workers.
The successful applicants in this round are:
The Cause Collective – $1.5 million
This project will develop a framework to create meaningful workplace connectivity and behaviour change in the workplace health and safety system. It will do this by using:
- indigenous knowledge and belief systems
- codesign techniques
- dynamic systems approach with workers and management.
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi – $1.2 million
'Haumaru Tāngata' will explore and develop a culturally responsive workplace injury prevention framework to reduce and prevent workplace injuries and fatalities. It's positioned within a kaupapa Māori framework which centres and prioritises Mātauranga Maori.
NZ Federation of Commercial Fishermen – $248,000
This project will use technology to develop and deliver health and safety training and practices to a mobile and wide-spread workforce.
IMPAC Services Limited – $300,000
The project will deliver an auditing and accreditation programme for engineered stone benchtops. It’ll ensure the processing of benchtops containing silica are safe and in line with best practice. The project addresses accelerated silicosis - an emerging problem associated mostly with the fabrication of engineered stone.
E Tū – $125,000
The project will establish a worker leadership framework for improved health and safety decision-making. It will reduce serious injury and harm for all workers with a special focus on Māori, Pacifika and migrant workers, especially in the manufacturing sector.
AW Trinder Limited – $200,000
This project aims to make the forestry transport sector a safer and more accessible workplace. It will automate high risk and challenging log truck load securing procedures. The project will produce an automated throwing, tensioning, retrieval and stowage system for load binding tie-down chains on hauling trucks.
These proposals focus on initiatives to strengthen sector leadership within health and safety systems of the high-risk sectors they’re in – construction, manufacturing, forestry, and healthcare and social assistance. The successful applicants for this round are:
Food and Grocery Council (FGC) - $1.5 million
The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (FGC) represents food, beverage and grocery suppliers in this sector and has proposed to set up a Retail and Supply Chain Health and Safety Sector Group.
The group hopes to develop a knowledge-sharing database, gain input from workers in the industry, and create common standards for things such as forklift training, yard management, and other initiatives across the sector.
Forestry Industry Safety Council (FISC) - $1.5 million
The Forestry Industry Safety Council (FISC) represents health and safety across the forestry sector. It has an overall target of eliminating life-changing injuries and deaths in the sector with its ‘Together towards Zero’ programme.
Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) - $1.5 million
CHASNZ proposes to introduce ‘Project Whakatipu’, which will use predictive analytics to look at traditional health and safety data combined with people and operational data. The goal is to create a Construction Safety Index (CSI), or data lake, which will be used to predict and generate better health and safety performance by understanding the true drivers of health and safety.
Beca - $258,560
Beca’s proposal will develop an engaging virtual reality-based induction programme. The programme will be generic to the sector, rather than specific to a company or site. This will unlock the benefits to the wider industry, without the need for costly bespoke programmes.
Auckland, Hutt Valley, and Hawke’s Bay DHBs - $1.5 million
The project proposed by these three DHBs aims to look at the supply chain to make the health sector safer.
The project will give 600 suppliers a health and safety tool to help them benchmark the current state of health and safety. The suite of tools includes a smartphone app, where suppliers can record incidents, observations, risks, and hazards.
The insights from the year-long project will provide a rich data set which will be shared across other DHBs and used to make the health sector safer.
To receive updates about upcoming funding rounds, register your interest by sending us an email with your name, the name of your organisation and contact details.