Proceeds of Crime Fund

Round 6 closed on 14 February 2022. The round is currently paused. We will provide an update as we know more.

Please note: The Proceeds of Crime Fund is not currently accepting new applications. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For any queries regarding funding, please contact the team at

This page provides information on the Proceeds of Crime Fund (the Fund). All information is correct as at 12 July 2022.

For any questions, please contact the Fund Secretariat at

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Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to: 

  • address organised crime harm and drug-related harm
  • test innovative solutions to complex issues relating to crime-related harm
  • enable agencies to build an evidence-based case of what works in addressing crime-related harm.

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Criteria for funding

Initiatives for funding must align with at least one of the following four criteria set by Cabinet:

  • Expansion of alcohol and other drug treatment services
  • Initiatives to fight organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs
  • Initiatives to address mental health issues within the criminal justice system
  • Initiatives that address crime-related harm to communities and improve community wellbeing

In each funding round, one third of the funds available for allocation are prioritised for initiatives to fight organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs.

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Who can apply to the Fund

Initiatives must be submitted by one of the public service or non-public service organisations as defined by Te Kawa Mataaho. You can find these listed below.

If your organisation isn’t on this list, you can partner with an eligible agency to submit your proposal. Note that eligible agencies may have an internal approval process at national office to endorse an initiative. These need to be completed ahead of time for this process. Please consult with the agency directly on their internal timeframes.

For information on agency contacts, please email

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Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) - Hīkina Whakatutuki Oranga Tamariki — Ministry for Children
Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) - Te Manatū mō ngā Iwi ō te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa
Ara Poutama Aotearoa - Department of Corrections Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) - Manatū Ahu Matua
Crown Law Office - Te Tari Ture o te Karauna Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) - Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua
Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Serious Fraud Office (SFO) - Te Tari Hara Tāware
Manatū Kaupapa Waonga - Ministry of Defence Ministry of Social Development (MSD) - Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora
Ministry of Education - Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga Te Kawa Mataaho - Public Service Commission
Education Review Office (ERO) - Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) - Tatauranga Aotearoa
Ministry for the Environment - Manatū Mo Te Taiao Ministry of Transport - Te Manatū Waka
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) - Manatū Aorere Te Tai Ōhanga - The Treasury
Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) - Te Tira Tiaki Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency
Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora Ministry for Women - Manatū Wāhine
Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Social Wellbeing Agency - Toi Hau Tāngata
Inland Revenue - Te Tari Taake Te Arawhiti — Māori Crown Relations
Te Tari Taiwhenua - Department of Internal Affairs New Zealand Defence Force - Te Ope Kātua O Aotearoa
Ministry of Justice - Te Tāhū o te Ture New Zealand Police - Nga Pirihimana O Aotearoa
Toitū Te Whenua - Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Parliamentary Counsel Office - Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata
Te Puni Kōkiri - Ministry of Māori Development Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives - Te Tari o Te Manahautū o Te Whare Māngai
New Zealand Customs Service - Te Mana Ārai O Aotearoa Parliamentary Service - Te Ratonga Whare Pāremata
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) - Te Pā Whakamarumaru  Ministry for Ethnic Communities - Te Tari Mātāwaka

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How to apply to the Fund

Eligible agencies can apply to the Fund by using the Proceeds of Crime Fund initial proposal template and submitting it to by the closing date.

Proceeds of Crime Fund initial proposal template [DOCX, 31 KB]

If a proposal is shortlisted, the agency will be given the opportunity to submit a detailed funding proposal. This covers all aspects of the proposed initiative from the case for change through to delivery, goverance and evaluation. 

Evaluation is a key component of testing innovative programmes. Please check out the good practice guide below to support evaluation planning.

Detailed funding proposal template [DOCX, 282 KB]

Evaluation- good practice guide [PDF, 127 KB]

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How funding proposals are assessed

A Panel considers all eligible proposals submitted in each funding round. The Panel is made up of senior representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections), Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, New Zealand Police, The Treasury, Oranga Tamariki and the Chief Science Advisor.

Initial proposals provide a short, high level snapshot of each initiative. The Panel considers each proposal’s alignment with the Fund’s settings, its design, intended outcomes and the likelihood of success.

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How funding decisions are made

If an agency is successful in getting its proposal shortlisted, it will be invited to submit a more detailed funding proposal for the Panel to consider. Each agency and any partnering organisation are also invited to meet with the panel through an online video conference to discuss the proposal.

The Panel considers a range of factors when assessing detailed proposals, including: 

  • how the initiative meets the purpose and criteria of the Fund
  • how well the initiative is designed and planned
  • the likelihood the organisation can deliver the initiative successfully
  • whether the proposal is likely to deliver the proposed outcome and benefits
  • whether the funding recipient can effectively manage and account for this funding
  • whether the Proceeds of Crime Fund is the most suitable source of funding for the initiative, or whether the initiative should seek funding elsewhere (e.g. baseline funding from government agency)
  • the amount of funding available in any round and relevant strategic investment priorities
  • the requirement that at least one third of the funds for allocation are to be prioritised for fighting organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs. 

The Panel will then provide recommendations to the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice, who determine which proposals should be approved and funded.

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Reporting requirements

If an initiative is approved for funding, the relevant agency must provide six-monthly performance reporting to the Secretariat for transparency and accountability. This information may be incorporated into a report for the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Justice.

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Background to the Fund

The Fund was established in 2009 and has been administered by the Proceeds of Crime Fund Secretariat within the Ministry of Justice since April 2019.

The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 allows Police to seize cash and assets that have been obtained directly or indirectly from the proceeds of crime. Once all legal matters are addressed, the recovered money is placed in the contestable Proceeds of Crime Fund.

Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009(external link) 

Read copies of the Cabinet paper and related Cabinet minute under which the Fund operates

Terms of Reference for the Proceeds of Crime Fund [PDF, 216 KB]

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Previous funding recipients

Many initiatives have been successfully delivered across Aotearoa New Zealand since the Fund was established. Three such examples are:

Reintegration services for women

This initiative supports the reintegration needs of women aged 18 years and over who have spent time in prison and are considered medium to high risk of reoffending on release. It provides safe and secure transitional accommodation and intensive wraparound support to help them successfully return to their communities and reduce the incidence of reoffending.

Aggravated robbery

This initiative was developed in response to an increasing number of aggravated robberies in 2017. Fog cannons can be installed in small businesses across Aotearoa. The fog cannon emits a cloud of sight-obscuring vapour, together with a high-pitched sound. Staff can activate the fog cannon during a robbery, which allows them to escape to safety and potentially prevent the robbery from taking place.

Rotorua whānau harm and drug harm reduction programme

This programme takes a whānau-centred approach to repeated cases of harm within a family/whānau. It addresses the underlying factors contributing to the behaviour, including alcohol and drug addiction and mental health issues.

Read the full list of initiatives funded by the Proceeds of Crime Fund

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Key dates 

There are two funding rounds each year.

The table below outlines the key dates for the current funding round.

Key Dates


14 February 2022

Initial proposals submitted by one of the eligible agencies.

April 2022

The Panel shortlists proposals and invites successful applicants to submit more detailed proposals.

10 June 2022

Detailed funding proposals submitted


Applicants are notified of the decisions

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List of initiatives funded by Proceeds of Crime Fund

Round 1 (2019)

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

Reintegration Services for Women

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and neurodevelopmental issues response prototype service

Ministry of Health



New Zealand Police initiative

New Zealand Police


Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services Eastern Police District

Ministry of Health


Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court, Ministry of Justice – approved by Cabinet

Initiative name

Amount funded

Waikato Alcohol and Drug Treatment Court– Project Team Set-Up


Waikato Alcohol and Drug Treatment Court – Tagged Operating Contingency


Auckland and Waitākere Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Courts


Round 2 (2020)

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

He Kete Oranga o te Mana Wahine

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)


Recovery House

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)


Intergenerational Change for Child and Community Wellbeing Through Parenting Programmes: Storytime Foundation & Brainwave

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)


Te Ira Tangata Under the Framework of Te Ira Oranga

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)


Manaaki Wāhine: Trauma Informed Intervention for Women Experiencing Homelessness

Ministry of Health


New Zealand People P-Pull

Ministry of Health


Enhance Border Detection Capability to Detect Novel Masked Illicit Drugs

New Zealand Customs Service


Aggravated Robbery


New Zealand Police


Cross-Sector Coordination to Combat Organised Crime

New Zealand Police


Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Support Whānau Support Workers (Ōtepoti/Dunedin)

New Zealand Police


Rotorua Whānau Harm and Drug Harm Reduction Programme

New Zealand Police


Anti-Corruption Work Programme (Phase 2)

Serious Fraud Office


Round 3 (2021)

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

Enhanced wastewater analysis

New Zealand Police



Oranga Tamariki



Ministry of Health


Matau mō te huringa Hooks For Change

New Zealand Police


Upgrade of Focus Paihia CCTV system

New Zealand Police


Round 4 (2021)

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

Acquisition of an Agilent QuickProbe 
& GC MS system

New Zealand Customs Service


Pou oranga whaiora

Ministry of Health


Te huringa ō te tai ō ngā wāhine

New Zealand Police


2021- Better visibility of individuals who control companies and limited partnerships, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, $6.8 million- approved by Cabinet


Round 5 (2022)

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

Matapuna Youth 

Oranga Tamariki


The Christchurch City Mission- Enhanced services

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development


Whangarei CitySafe CCTV Network upgrade

New Zealand Police


Live for More Surf Therapy Programme

New Zealand Police


Youthline Helpline System overhaul and upgrade

Ministry of Health


Te Puna Hāpori

Ministry of Justice


Mana Motuhake- After care/continuing care, Moana House

Ministry of Health


Te Whare Haumanu and Te Whare Hauora

Ministry of Health



Ministry of Health


Te Pa Maru: The Ex-Wellington Men's Night Shelter

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development


Supporting Tangata Whaiora in Mental Health crisis through co-response

Ministry of Health


Open the Doors to Change lives

Ministry of Education


2022- Small Retail Crime Prevention, New Zealand Police, $6 million


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