Parliament Occupation Business Relief Fund

Find out about the Parliament Occupation Business Relief Fund for businesses affected by the occupation at Parliament.

Note: Applications to this fund are now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted with a letter of confirmation and declaration for signing.

The fund

This fund is for businesses that suffered a substantiated and significant revenue drop during the COVID-19 vaccine anti-mandate Parliamentary occupation and blockade 6 February 2022 – 2 March 2022.

Dependant on circumstance, businesses will be eligible for a maximum of $30,000 as a one-off payment. 

Parliament Occupation Business Relief Fund grant list (701KB PDF)

Fund focus areas

Fund provided must be used to re-establish business viability through means such as 

  • fixed costs 
  • marketing
  • operating costs (including wages and associated staff costs,
  • debt incurred as a direct result of loss of revenue/income during protest 

Criteria

Businesses must be viable and ongoing and suffered a substantiated and significant revenue drop caused by the COVID-19 vaccine anti-mandate Parliamentary occupation and blockades 6 February 2022 – 2 March 2022.

  • Applicants must be businesses of the Wellington City (rate paying area) primarily located in the Parliamentary Precinct area and neighbouring businesses.
  • Businesses need to show evidence of at least a 50 percent drop in revenue 6 February 2022 – 2 March 2022.
  • Pays employees at least minimum wage.
  • Provides a significant source of income to the business owner.
  • Has no other options available, including insurance.
  • Businesses will be required to provide proof of accounts to support the above requirements.

Ineligible use of this fund

  • Financing start-ups
  • Funding will not be available to cover insured losses.

Affected revenue period: 6 February 2022 – 2 March 2022

To work out a drop in revenue compare revenue for the month of February 2022 (during the protest) to the month of February 2021.  

More information

Contact:
Brenda Taylor -  Funding and Partnerships Advisor
brenda.taylor@wcc.govt.nz