Grants for Good

Got an idea to make a real difference?

The HealthCarePlus 'Grants for Good' program will provide funding support for educational initiatives that can leave you, your colleagues, your workplaces, your communities, or your opportunities, better off. Grants for Good is focused is on making good ideas possible... wherever they come from.

About the Grants

There are three categories of grants available:

  • individual projects,
  • larger group initiatives,
  • and special bespoke projects

Topics may include any educational project or professional development activity focused on education and workforce health and well-being. Find out more below under the tab 'Grant Categories'.

2020 Grant Themes

While our grants may support many ideas, for 2020 the Grants Committee has identified some relevant & contemporary themes and will place particular emphasis on them.

  • The Future of Work: 
    Exploring issues such as work life balance, changes and management of workloads, Covid-19 impacts on working, how our sectors can better support lifelong learning.
  • Wellbeing:
    Exploring issues around how we can enable all our members to thrive, minimise the impacts of stress and burnout, and support or create better physical, mental or financial wellbeing in the education & public service sectors.
  • Equity:
    Exploring issues around Te Tiriti understanding and implications, democratic decision-making, gender & pay equity, and giving workers a voice.
  • Specific Projects:
    This is an open category - because if an idea is good we want to consider it. So think of it as exploring Larger projects that require bespoke funding solutions.

 Find out more on the HealthCarePlus Grants for Good site here.


Category 1: Individual Grants

Applications from individuals for amounts from $5,000 up to a maximum of $20,000 for one year. These grants are designed to provide individuals with support for:

(a) Further study towards recognised qualifications in cases of financial hardship.  They are available for someone who is currently, or planning to study for a tertiary qualification, but due to real financial hardship their plans have been disrupted?

(b) Professional development activities in New Zealand or overseas. They are available for someone planning to undertake professional development activities but need funding to make it happen

(c) Small projects. They are available for that great idea that could make a real difference but needs funding to make it happen. We understand that providing grants to fund small projects can transform a great idea into a real game changer that may benefit their sector or wider community. 

Category 2: Group Grants

For applications from groups of individuals or eligible New Zealand based organisations for amounts from $10,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 for one year.  These grants are designed to support larger team-based projects or to support conferences.

Like the individual grants all applications need to demonstrate how the outcomes could address and contribute towards increased knowledge and understanding of topical issues which could include:

  • The future of work – e.g. work life balance/workload/life-long learning
  • Wellbeing – e.g. enabling employees to thrive/focus on stress and burn out
  • Equity – e.g. Te Tiriti/gender equality/pay equity

Category 3: Special Grants  

For applications for groups planning a “special” project that requires a bespoke funding solution.

We understand that projects targeting the “Big Issues” require a bespoke funding solution to deliver great outcomes, e.g. they may be for greater amounts and/or cover multiple years. Normally these will be multi-year research or implementation projects.

Who Can Apply?

HealthCarePlus was established in 1963 by the Education Unions – PPTA, NZEI, TEU, ISEA, TIASA and the Public Service Association (PSA).   So, we strongly encourage our HealthCarePlus Members, their family and Members of our Union Owners to apply.  In accordance with charities legislation the grants are open to anyone who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to apply too. 

2020 Funding is open now

For Individual GrantsApplications open at 9am on 29th June 2020 and close at 5pm on 11th September 2020. 

For Group & Special GrantsExpression of Interests open at 9.00am 29th June 2020 and close at 5pm 24th July 2020.

Only shortlisted Group or Special Grants applicants will be contacted by 10th August and invited to submit a Full Application. Full Applications close at 5pm on 11th September 2020. All successful applicants will be notified by the Grants Committee by 6th November 2020. 

For more details about our Grant Categories, please visit Grants for Good website and refer to the Guidelines and Procedures and the appropriate Information Pack for the Category of Grant.

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HealthCarePlus gives eligible union members (and their families) the chance to be part of a uniquely generous and affordable health care scheme that’s designed to benefit you in everyday life, not just when you’re sick… and can often save typical families hundreds of dollars more than it costs, each year.

Previously known as the Education Benevolent Society (EBS) and set up in 1963, the Society has been providing valued benefits to education union members and PSA members working in education. In 2016 the decision was made to extend this valuable offer to all PSA members.

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Encourage and support your peers, colleauges, and whanau to get involved with the Grants for Good program. 


Getting started? 


Print off and put up a Grants for Good poster in your workplace or common areas today:

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'Grants for Good' Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What constitutes education, health and well-being for the purposes of this grant?

HealthCarePlus takes a broad view of education and will consider for funding any activity that contributes to the growth of knowledge, the development of resources or supports enhanced capability. In this context, we are keen to support study directly on health and well-being providing it has an educational dimension (in that the findings will be used to inform and educate others). For a (by no means exclusive) list of suggested potential topics refer to the Procedures and General Guidelines for the 2020 Grants Cycle.

2. Can I apply for these study grants if I am a full-time student?

Yes, but you will need to demonstrate you have clear plans to ensure your study will benefit others – refer to the questions under the “Outcomes” section.

3. How do I demonstrate hardship?

You will need to tell your story and, in particular explain why you are either not eligible for a student loan, or, if eligible, would have significant difficulty servicing student loan repayments. If your circumstances have changed since you embarked on your study, and you will have difficulty completing without support please explain (the Grants Committee may prioritise strong applications of this type).

You must provide an outline income / expenditure budget for your day-to day-living expenses and declare any other financial assets. You should support this by one or more relevant bank statements (or screen shots of your on-line statements). In addition, one of your referees should be in a position to attest to the accuracy of your statement in this section and, in particular, confirm you have no additional financial assets you can draw on to support your study.

4. How can I demonstrate the benefit of study to me in my future work? (Personal benefits)

Tell us in your answer to why you have chosen to undertake the Professional Development and tell us how you envisage using that qualification to progress your career once you have gained it and how you will know your work has improved as a result. In particular, talk about your existing successes in your current or past role, and how this study will expand your skill-set and allow you to build on that success. It maybe that you are demonstrably strong in some areas, but want to do better in others. If that is the case tell us about it. One of your referees should be in a position to confirm how successful study will support you in the future.

You will need to explain your context. If appropriate, you may wish to talk about what challenges you have and how you expect this might be improved through your Professional Development. Importantly, tell a realistic story about what you expect to change. Just gaining a new qualification will not automatically make things happen: we need to understand your plans for implementing the skills and knowledge you expect to gain.

Note: you should also be as clear as you can be about how you expect to demonstrate that benefit in the future. Be specific: for example, “once I understand more about ‘x’ educational theory, I will be able to do ‘y’ better and this will have outcomes ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ for ‘z’”. Or, “once I have completed ‘x’ course, my new skills ‘y’ and ‘z’ will enable me to provide enhanced service to the communities I serve in ways ‘a’, ‘b’, etc.”

These are deliberately challenging questions, but we need to be as sure as possible that we select the most worthy people to invest in through these hardship grants.

5. How do I respond to the question regarding benefits for colleagues and/or my wider community?

Here we are looking to assess the ‘multiplier effect’ we might gain from supporting you. Will your successful study have an impact on how your colleagues work: how do you intend to share your learnings? How might the communities you serve benefit directly or indirectly? How do you intend to and ensure that this happens?

Note that you may well feel that parts of your answer to the question regarding personal benefits may have covered this question: in some contexts this is almost inevitable. If that is the case, please cross reference clearly.

6. How can I get help in making this application?

We encourage you to apply at whatever level you plan to study, but make sure you make enough time to develop the application, have it reviewed and then revise it in the light of that review. The Grants Committee is looking for well thought-out applications; applications that are clearly last minute seldom get selected.

Firstly, read this supporting material and check you meet the eligibility criteria and then consider how well you have addressed the evaluation criteria.

The Union Owners of HealthCarePlus have agreed to provide support to their members making applications, so if you are a member of one of these unions, contact your union’s Head Office for guidance on how to access that support.

If you are not a member of one of these unions, then you need to find a friend or colleague with good critical skills who you can ask to provide an independent review of your application. Ideally, they should put themselves (as you should when writing) in the position of a member of the Grants Committee reviewing your application against the published criteria.

7. Who do I contact if I have queries or issues with my online application?

Firstly, read the supporting material and check you meet the eligibility criteria and consider how well you have addressed the evaluation criteria.

If you still have any queries please email Depending on demand and your issue there may be some time delay in our response. Do not leave your queries until the last minute as late applications will not be accepted. Please note our listed telephone numbers are ONLY for insurance queries and not for grant related matters.

8. How do I register or set up my account?

Click here for step-by-step help to register as a new user, login & create your profile, and to register for the individual or group grants.