Workplace injury prevention grants

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    How workplace injury prevention grants work

    These grants provide funding for organisations to help solve workplace health and safety problems that affect multiple businesses in New Zealand.

    We’ll partner with these organisations to carry out projects around innovation, capability building and research, and then share the benefits across industries. The idea is to support those who can collaborate to improve workplace health and safety for many businesses and their employees.

    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.

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    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. Eg engineering equipment to reduce the risk of back injury for workers in the construction industry.

    Applied research

    These projects will have a focus on high-quality applied research that contributes to the prevention of work-related injuries. Eg understanding how to develop injury prevention resources for workers with low literacy.

    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. Eg designing an industry-wide competency framework to ensure adequate workers’ safety risk management.

    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.

    August 2019 funding round

    The second funding round for this year will open for applications on 29 August.

    Download the applicant guidelines to see if this funding round suits your project. It will help you prepare the application and supporting evidence.

    August 2019 funding round applicant guidelines

    Our online application portal will open at 12pm NZST, 29 August 2019. Applicants can register and submit applications through the online portal once it opens.

    If you’re considering applying or would like updates on our grants programme, sign up via email.


    Investment priorities for the August funding round

    We want to make sure our grants target workforce and industry groups that are at higher risk of injury. This aligns with the government’s Health and Safety at Work Strategy 2018 to 2028.

    Heath and Safety at Work Strategy 2018-2028

    For the August 2019 funding round, we’re seeking proposals from two priority areas.

    Industries with high rates of injury

    We're seeking proposals that improve workplace health and safety across industries that have high rates of injury, including:

    • manufacturing
    • transport and warehousing
    • agriculture
    • commercial fishing.

    Applicants’ proposals need to:

    • create or strengthen industry sector groups
    • collaborate with workers to provide sustainability of the project beyond the life of the grant.

    Workforces over-represented in injury statistics

    Additionally, we're seeking proposals that deliver solutions to improve health and safety for workforces over-represented in injury statistics.

    Proposals should focus on the factors impacting workers exposed to higher injury risk including Māori, Pasifika, and migrant workers.

    The solutions need:

    • to be transferable across sectors, with a high proportion of their workforce in at least one of the prioritised workforce groups
    • to show how the project includes workers and other stakeholders on its design, implementation, and governance
    • to consider the cultural contexts of Māori and/or Pasifika and/or migrant workers.

    How we set the investment priorities

    Together with the Workplace Safety Incentives Investment Panel we:

    • prioritise our investment in workplace injury prevention grants
    • ensure our investment is aligned and integrated with other existing health and safety programmes in similar sectors or business groups.

    The panel has members from WorkSafe NZ, ACC, NZ Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU), Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) and the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum.

    Checking your project is eligible

    • Your project aligns with one of the investment priorities for this funding round.
    • Your project will demonstrate health and safety leadership and collaboration with other partners in your industry or supply chain.
    • Your project will create benefits contributing to improved health and safety in New Zealand for multiple workplaces. 
    • You are applying for an amount between $50,000 and $500,000 (GST exclusive) per year for a maximum of three years. The amount of funding we approve will depend on the scope of your project and the health and safety improvements your project aims to create.
    • The organisation/s participating in the project will contribute a minimum of 20% of the total cost of the project in cash and/or in-kind.
    • Your organisation is a registered legal entity in New Zealand.
    •  Your organisation operates in New Zealand and the project will be undertaken in New Zealand.

    Want to know more?

    Get in touch if you have any questions about workplace injury prevention grants or 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 next funding round opens.


    Successful recipients of February 2019 funding round

    The February 2019 funding round was open for applications from 28 February to 28 March 2019. It prioritised proposals that will strengthen leadership within the health and safety systems in higher-risk sectors.

    The successful applicants in this round are:

    • Food and Grocery Council, receiving $1.5 million over three years
    • Forestry Industry Safety Council (FISC), receiving $1.5 million over three years
    • Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ), receiving $1.5 million over three years
    • Beca (with governance provided by CHASNZ), receiving $258,560 over two years
    • Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Hutt Valley District Health Boards (DHBs), receiving $1.5 million over three years.

    You can find more information about these recipients and their projects in our newsroom article.

    $6.26 million awarded to improve workplace safety

    Last published: 21 August 2019