Proceeds of Crime Fund

Proposals for Round 3 closed on 23 September 2020. Final funding decisions are expected around March 2021.

The next funding round will close on 15 March 2021. It's expected that approximately $5-6 million will be available for this round.

This page provides information on the Proceeds of Crime Fund (the Fund). All information is correct as at 27 November 2020.

For any questions, please contact the Fund Secretariat at pocf@justice.govt.nz.

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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 39 service departments as defined by the Public Service Commission (see the table of eligible agencies 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 pocf@justice.govt.nz.

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Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) Oranga Tamariki — Ministry for Children
Department of Conservation Ministry for Pacific Peoples
Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections Ministry for Primary Industries
Crown Law Office Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Manatū Taonga  Ministry for Culture and Heritage Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
Ministry of Defence Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
Ministry of Education Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission
Education Review Office Statistics New Zealand
Ministry for the Environment Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade The Treasury
Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa — Pike River Recovery Agency
Ministry of Health Ministry for Women
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Social Wellbeing Agency
Inland Revenue Te Arawhiti — Māori Crown Relations
Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs New Zealand Defence Force
Ministry of Justice New Zealand Police
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Parliamentary Counsel Office
Te Puni Kōkiri - Ministry of Māori Development Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
New Zealand Customs Service Parliamentary Service
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS)  

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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 pocf@justice.govt.nz by the closing date.

Proceeds of Crime Fund initial proposal template [DOCX, 29 KB]

If a proposal is shortlisted, the agency will be given the opportunity to submit a detailed funding proposal.

Detailed funding proposal template [DOCX, 271 KB]

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How funding proposals are assessed

A Panel considers the initial proposals for shortlisting. 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.

The Panel considers the following factors when assessing proposals:

  • Whether the initiative aligns with at least one of the four Fund criteria
  • Prioritising at least one third of the funds for fighting organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs
  • How well the initiative is designed and planned
  • The likelihood the organisation or agency can successfully deliver the initiative
  • Whether the proposal is likely to deliver the proposed outcomes and benefits
  • The amount of funding available in any round

Terms of Reference for the Proceeds of Crime Fund [PDF, 154 KB]

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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.

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

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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 closing date for initial proposals for the next funding round is 15 March 2021.

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

Key Dates

Details

23 September 2020

Initial proposals submitted by one of the eligible agencies.

October 2020

The Panel shortlist proposals and invite successful applicants to develop detailed proposals.

25 November 2020

Detailed funding proposals submitted.

Early 2021

Applicants will be notified of the decisions.

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

Key Dates

Details

15 March 2021

Initial proposals submitted by one of the eligible agencies.

April 2021

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

18 June 2021

Detailed funding proposals submitted.

Early September 2021

Applicants are notified of the Panel’s decision.

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List of initiatives funded by Proceeds of Crime Fund

Round 1

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

Reintegration Services for Women

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)

$4.943m

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

Ministry of Health

 

$7.600m

New Zealand Police initiative

New Zealand Police

$1.400m

Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services Eastern Police District

New Zealand Police

$3.150m

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court – agreed by Cabinet

Initiative name

Amount funded

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

$3.605m

Waikato Alcohol and Drug Treatment Court – Tagged Operating Contingency

$5.156m

Auckland and Waitākere Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Courts

$9.75m

Round 2

Initiative name

Eligible agency

Amount funded

He Kete Oranga o te Mana Wahine

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)

$2.720m

Recovery House

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)

$1.640m

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

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)

$2.123m

Te Ira Tangata Under the Framework of Te Ira Oranga

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)

$2.037m

Manaaki Wāhine: Trauma Informed Intervention for Women Experiencing Homelessness

Ministry of Health

$1.784m

New Zealand People P-Pull

Ministry of Health

$0.666m

Enhance Border Detection Capability to Detect Novel Masked Illicit Drugs

New Zealand Customs Service

$0.150m

Aggravated Robbery

 

New Zealand Police

$1.908m

Cross-Sector Coordination to Combat Organised Crime

New Zealand Police

$1.529m

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

New Zealand Police

$1.433m

Rotorua Whānau Harm and Drug Harm Reduction Programme

New Zealand Police

$2.729m

Anti-Corruption Work Programme (Phase 2)

Serious Fraud Office

$1.334m

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