Urgent Response Fund

The $50 million Urgent Response Fund was distributed in 2020/21, to support learners affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns. This funding addressed urgent needs in over 2,700 schools, kura and early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo.

Regional groups of leaders, working with the Director of Education, identified priority needs in each region and decided how the local allocation of the $50 million fund be distributed to make a difference for children and young people.

The Urgent Response Fund was available for four categories of need:

  • attendance
  • wellbeing to support attendance
  • cultural wellbeing to support attendance
  • re-engagement in learning.

Support was provided for individuals, groups of young people, a whole school or service, or a cluster of schools, kura, early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo working together.

The Urgent Response Fund ended on 30 June 2021.

Regional allocation

The URF fund was allocated to regions using the Equity Index to ensure an equitable funding approach that prioritises where the greatest needs are.

 

Education region

Total funding

Tai Tokerau

$2,903,385

Auckland

$14,510,125

Waikato

$5,246,328

Bay of Plenty/Waiariki

$4,434,844

Hawke's Bay/Tairawhiti

$3,340,310

Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu

$3,988,202

Wellington

$5,246,938

Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast

$1,855,707

Canterbury/Chatham Islands

$5,222,717

Otago/Southland

$3,251,445

NZ

$50,000,000

Distribution of funding

URF funding information is available to the end of 2020. Information to 30 June 2021 is currently being prepared and is expected to be available from late October 2021.

Description of the reports

The All Funded Institutions report provides the total funding data for each institution that received funding directly. This may be for their own school, kura, early learning service or kōhanga reo and/or as the main applicant for a cluster application.

The Institutions Supported through Cluster Applications report provides the institutions which are included in each region’s cluster applications. The main applicant is in bold and the names of the other institutions in the cluster are provided below. The amount of funding and number of learners is also shown.

A cluster is a group of schools, kura, early learning services and/or ngā kōhanga reo that can make a joint application to the URF. One of the institutions submits the application and receives the funding on behalf of the cluster. This institution is referred to as the main applicant. Reports on the distribution of the Urgent Response Fund in each education region to the end of 2020:

Explanatory notes  [PDF, 142 KB]

Tai Tokerau - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 188 KB]

Tai Tokerau - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 114 KB]

Auckland - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 513 KB]

Auckland - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 203 KB]

Waikato - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 226 KB]

Waikato - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 135 KB]

Bay of Plenty, Waiariki - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 184 KB]

Bay of Plenty, Waiariki - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 130 KB]

Hawke’s Bay, Tairāwhiti - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 234 KB]

Hawke’s Bay, Tairāwhiti - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 134 KB]

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 260 KB]

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 137 KB]

Wellington - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 279 KB]

Wellington - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 123 KB]

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 185 KB]

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 144 KB]

Canterbury, Chatham Islands - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 283 KB]

Canterbury, Chatham Islands - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 183 KB]

Otago, Southland - all funded institutions URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 242 KB]

Otago, Southland - institutions supported through cluster applications URF distribution to the end of 2020 [PDF, 137 KB]

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