Workplace injury prevention grants

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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.

    The panel has members from:

    • Worksafe
    • New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
    • Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ)
    • Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum
    • ACC.

    Funding is made available annually, with new funding rounds announced here. You can sign up for updates by emailing the WIP Grants team.


    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.

    Who can apply

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

    Types of projects we'll help fund

    We're looking for proposals that fall into one or more of the following categories.


    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.

    Successful recipients of August 2019 funding round

    The August 2019 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.

    2020 funding round

    The next funding round will be open for applications on 5 November 2020. Register your interest if you'd like to receive updates on the upcoming funding round.

    Investment priorities for funding round three

    For funding round three, we're seeking proposals from the two priority areas of sprains and strains, and sector leadership.

    Find out more about these two areas:

    Workplace Injury Prevention Grants investment priorities 2020

    Contact us

    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 at: 


    Last published: 25 September 2020