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. 

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. 

Application process

1. Apply

Check you meet the criteria for this fund.  

Applications to this fund are now closed.

Applications closed Thursday 7 April 2022.

Note: Applications for this fund are made directly to the Council's Economic Wellbeing and CCOs team, via an online application form, and not via the Council online funding portal.

2. Application processing

Your application will be assessed, and a decision made about whether to approve it. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of the approval process. 

This is a limited fund; all applications will be assessed on closing funds to then be allocated.

3. Approval

If successful, you will be expected to provide evidence through financial accounts of at least a 50 percent drop in revenue comparing the period during the protest to the same period the year before. 

You will be asked to supply:

  • Full set of Management Accounts (P&L and Balance Sheet) for the last financial year 
  • P&L accounts - February 2021 and February 2022 or some other form of proof of business income for February 2022. 
  • A copy of bank deposit slip or certified bank account details will be required for payment to be made. 

4. Confirmation 

If successful, you will receive a letter of confirmation and declaration for signing. 

More information

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