A hardship grant of $1000 is now available from the Red Cross to people in need because of the Canterbury earthquake.
People who have suffered substantial health, welfare or financial hardship can apply for the grant from the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Commission.
The agency says the hardship grants are different from emergency grants that are already being paid.
National programme manager David Neal says applications should be processed within five working days.
People can apply at council offices, te Puni Kokiri, Income Support offices or by phoning the Government helpline.