Cyclone Gabrielle Business Recovery Grant

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In a direct response to the recent storm events Central Government has announced the creation of the Cyclone Gabrielle Business Recovery Grant.   

To be eligible for this funding

  • Your business must be located within the Waikato Region.  

  • You’re facing significant and sustained cashflow issues due to continued challenges with customer access, ability to source stock, supply chain issues, inability to operate as usual due to the physical damage to equipment or premises, or delays in insurance assessment and repairs. 

  • Your business is otherwise viable both before and after the storm events. 

  • You are not receiving any funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries recovery fund. 

  • You commit to acting in line with employment law and with due regard to your employees. 

Fund applications close Friday 31 March 2023. 

How to apply

By e-mail

Download and fill out the form below on your computer, and then e-mail it to with the subject line "Business Recovery Grant application"

Download PDF application(PDF, 99KB)

By mail

Download and print the form below, fill it in, and post it to us at the following address

Business Recovery Grants
Thames-Coromandel District Council
Private Bag 1001

Download PDF application(PDF, 99KB)

In person

Download and fill out the form, and bring it in to any of our Council service centres or public libraries along with any additional documents. Copies will also be available at each of these locations.

Download PDF application(PDF, 99KB)

Drop in sessions

We are looking holding drop in sessions across the district for the Business Recovery Grant. The purpose of these will be to inform our businesses about the Business Recovery Grant and take any questions people might have around this.

Board area


Date and time

Thames  Thames Civic Centre conference room  Thursday 16 March, 12pm
Coromandel Town Coromandel Town Council office board room Thursday 16 March, 5pm
Tairua/Pāuanui St. Francis Church meeting room Thursday 16 March, 12pm
Whangamatā  Whangamatā Council office board room Thursday 16 March, 5pm
Whitianga Whitianga Council office board room Friday 17 March, 5pm

Assessment process

The Thames-Coromandel District Council has been designated the organisation responsible for the assessment and distribution of this grant funding to affected businesses.  An Independent Advisory Panel consisting of business representatives from the Waikato region will make recommendations on funding application.  

The Independent Assessment Panel will use the following funding guidelines when it comes to assessing applications. 

  • Self-employed owner/operator, up to $5k,  

  • Businesses with 1-5 staff, up to $20k,  

  • Businesses with 6+ staff up to $40k.  

Exceptions to the funding guidelines for self-employed operators and Businesses with 1-5 staff will be considered in exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. 

Public notification

A list businesses awarded a Business Recovery Grants will be made public on our website at the conclusion of the fund.