Workplace injury prevention grants

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    How injury prevention grants work

    These grants provide funding for organisations to help solve workplace health and safety problems that affect multiple businesses in an industry or supply chain.

    We’ll partner with these organisations to help them carry out projects and then share the benefits with other businesses. The idea is to support improvements to workplace health and safety for many businesses and their employees.

    How much funding is available?

    Organisations can apply for between $50,000 and $500,000 (excluding GST) per year for a maximum of three years.

    We’ll evaluate all applications against assessment criteria and those that best meet the criteria will be considered for a grant. We won’t be able to approve all applications for funding.

    Print information on injury prevention grants

    2019 investment priority 

    Aligned with the Government's Health and Safety at Work Strategy 2018-2028, we want to make sure any co-investment is targeted to workforce and industry groups that are at higher risk of injury.

    The first funding round in 2019 will prioritise proposals that strengthen sector leadership within the health and safety system in higher risk sectors.

    The identified higher risk sectors are:

    • construction
    • manufacturing
    • agriculture
    • transport
    • postal and warehousing
    • health care and social assistance
    • retail trade
    • forestry and logging. 

    Heath and Safety at Work Strategy 2018-2028

    A workplace Safety Incentives Investment Panel has been set up to:

    • prioritise our investment in workplace injury prevention grants
    • ensure our investment is aligned and integrated with other existing health and safety programmes in similar sectors or business groups.

    The panel has members from WorkSafe NZ, ACC, NZ Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU), Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) and the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum.

    Grant categories

    The grants are available for a range of proposals that include one or more of the following categories.


    This includes projects that focus on the design and use of new technologies and/or methodologies.

    Successful applications will demonstrate how they will support the integration of new technologies or methodologies into workplace health and safety systems, eg engineering equipment to reduce the risk of back injury for workers in the construction industry.

    System capability development

    This includes projects that emphasise solving problems of national or regional significance. 

    Successful applications will demonstrate how they'll seek to address the problem or opportunity which affects all New Zealanders, eg designing programmes to coach workers to increase their safety risk management skills.

    Applied research

    This includes projects that contribute to economic, system-wide or cultural/behavioural change in workplace health and safety.

    Successful applications will demonstrate clear linkages to sustainability, the extent of influence, benefits and worker engagement, eg understanding how to develop injury prevention resources for workers with low literacy.

    Who can apply

    Only organisations can apply, not individuals. Organisations need to be a registered legal entity to apply, eg a university, research institute, business or charity. 

    Current funding round

    The application process for the current funding round closed on 28 March 2019.

    All applications have been through the assessment process and the applicants have been notified of the outcome.

    If you have any questions about the current funding round, please email us.


    Contact us

    Get in touch if you have any questions about workplace injury prevention grants or sign up for updates when a new funding round opens.


    Last published: 31 May 2019