Make use of these MSD benefits, even if you're not on the benefit


Last updated 4 March 2022


Find out what financial support you can get in these challenging times by calling the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) specialist COVID line on 0800 512 337. They are open 8am-8pm 7 days a week. Your phone credit will not be charged if you call the 0800 number.

You can also apply for support by filling a form online.

Some of the support you can access are:

  • Special needs grant -- a one-off payment to help you pay an essential or emergency cost if you can't pay it another way.

For more information about supports available out there, visit our Info Hub, Social Care.