Working with children

Information for providers

We work with communities, NGOs and government agencies to support at-risk children and young people. Here you'll find information about funding for providers, including the funding code of practice.

Toddler and big sister sitting on a rock

Any community-based organisation that provides social services can apply for funding.

National funding

We invite applications for funding throughout the year. A panel of selectors assesses funding applications, which are made up of either regional or community-based and national representatives. 

Regional funding

Our regional staff work with communities, and other government and local government agencies to identify what’s needed in their local community.

At the beginning of each calendar year a regional funding plan is developed, based on government priorities, any needs identified, and the amount of funding available.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities are announced here on our website, and:

  • Ministry of Social Development website
  • New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website
  • our regional offices
  • community sector networks and collaborations.

Getting approval

Providers contracted by the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, must have the capability and capacity to deliver quality social services on an on-going basis. The Social Services Accreditation team at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) assess organisations to make sure they’re suitable:

Social Services Accreditation

Service guidelines

All services funded by Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, must work to guidelines:
Guidelines and service specifications at MSD