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Government announces initial funding to help Cyclone Gabrielle clean up

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The government has announced initial funding of $ 11.5 million for community providers and NGOs helping people following Cyclone Gabrielle and the recent floods.

CLICK HERE for images from Cyclone Gabrielle.

The support package will be available until the end of June and will go towards restocking food banks and helping local community groups and government-contracted community providers to support staff.

Up to $4m of the funding will go to expand Community Connectors, set up in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community providers have been allocated $4m to maintain their operations, meet demand, and support staff and volunteers.

The fund will provide:

$4 million for providers to ensure they can meet increased demand and support the well-being of their staff and volunteers due to flooding and the cyclone.
$1 million to replenish stocks at food banks currently experiencing high demand.
$2 million of grants for community groups to support flood response.
$4 million expansion of the scope of Community Connectors to support Auckland and impacted regions’ flood response efforts.
$500,000 ring-fenced funding to respond to the needs of disabled people.

Last week the government announced a $5m support package for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland businesses and has put in place other flood relief measures including civil defence.

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