Interim response fund (IRF)

Interim response funding can be accessed to help keep students engaged in learning following a challenging event. The funding is a short-term response while a more comprehensive plan is devised.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Boards
  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Teachers and kaiako
  • Administrators

How to access the funding

  • Schools ring their local Ministry office after a challenging event to see if the fund is the right support for their situation.
  • If it's agreed that interim support funding is the appropriate suppor, the school can complete the application over the phone.
  • Once approval has been given, a confirmation email is sent to the school.
  • After confirmation from the school is received, the payment is processed.

Examples of when funding has been requested

Interim response funding has been used in instances where:

  • a student’s behaviour is so severe that it is likely the student or other students or staff at the school will be harmed if the situation isn't immediately addressed, contained or stabilised
  • students, school staff, families or community are distressed or shaken
  • school leadership/the principal has used all school-based resources, strategies and expertise and is unable to manage the event.

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