2016 Earthquake Recovery Fund

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The earthquake sequences of 14 November and 22 November have caused widespread destruction and disruption to businesses, services and travel over a wide area of our funding regions, specifically the Hurunui district, Kaikoura, Seddon and Ward.


Rātā Foundation has established a $1.1 million Earthquake Recovery Fund to provide support to its community groups in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts following the devastating 7.8 earthquake.

We know from experience the recovery period after a disaster of this magnitude can be long and difficult. It is essential for the long-term welfare of people in these regions that they get as much financial support as possible to rebuild lives and infrastructure.

The establishment of the Fund will not impact on Rātā Foundation’s usual activities. An annual budget of $20 million will be distributed in this financial year.

The focus of the Fund will be:

  • Support the recovery of our communities
  • Work alongside people and key agencies
  • Leverage our funding along with other funding agencies to make the money go further
  • Respond over and above our existing funding programmes

Who Can Apply?

This fund is open for community groups affected by the earthquakes in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough regions funded by the Rata Foundation within the past three years.

Groups in affected regions or who are experiencing an overload of services in our funding regions are still able to apply for grants under our small and large grants funding programme, alongside the Earthquake Recovery Fund.

We only accept applications from not-for-profit community groups.

If you have any questions relating to the above contact us on 0508 266 878 and ask to speak to one of our Funding Team.


Emergency Response

Donation of $50,000 to the Marlborough Mayoral Relief Fund, $50,000 to Kaikoura Mayoral Relief Fund and $50,000 to Hurunui Mayoral Relief Fund, total donation of $150,000.

Quick Response Fund – for Community Organisations

Allocation of $250,000 to support community groups in affected regions with immediate recovery needs (criteria – community organisations qualifying under normal funding criteria, funded by Rata Foundation in the past three years and having impact from the November earthquake). Grants are a maximum of $20,000 per community organisation.

This fund has been fully distributed.

Long-Term Recovery Fund

Allocation of $700,000 to support the community in the affected regions with long-term recovery needs. This will be distributed through a flexible process, criteria of which will be announced once further review and consultation with community leaders, key agencies and community groups to understand the need and where gaps might exist has been done.