COVID Support Breakdown: Resurgence Support Payment

The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses due to a COVID-19 Alert Level increase to Level 2 or higher. If your business is facing a reduction in revenue due to an Alert Level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP.

Applications for the Alert Level increase announced on 17 August will open at 8am on 24 August.

What is the RSP?

Each time the COVID-19 Alert Level is increased from Level 1, the Government may decide to activate the Resurgence Support Payment. It will generally be activated when the period of increased Alert Level is 7 days or longer, but this is not guaranteed. Once the RSP has been activated it will be available nationally, even if the Alert Level isn't increased across the whole country.

How the RSP works

A business must have experienced at least a 30% drop in revenue or a 30% decline in capital-raising ability over a 7-day period, due to the increased COVID-19 Alert Level.

Once activated any business in New Zealand that has experienced a 30% drop in revenue or capital raising ability over a 7 day period as a result of the alert level increase would be eligible (subject to all other criteria being met).

How much eligible businesses can apply for

When the RSP is activated, eligible businesses and organisations can apply to receive the lesser of:

  • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs
  • four times (4x) the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant.

It's possible that the Government could decide to activate the RSP multiple times if there are multiple Alert Level increases from Level 1. Businesses can apply for the RSP each time the it's activated, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Apply for the Resurgence Support Payment here.

** Remember, the Wage Subsidy August 2021 is available to eligible businesses at the same time as the Resurgence Support Payment **

For information about the Wage Subsidy, click here.