How to apply for a First Home Grant if you have made an offer on a property.

  • You must apply at least 4 weeks before settlement if you do not have pre-approval for a grant.
  • If settlement is due to happen sooner than this, please contact us on 0508 935 266.
  • The First Home Grant will not be paid out after settlement has occurred.

1. Check you are eligible

If you haven't already, make sure:

  • you meet the eligibility criteria
  • the property you are buying meets the criteria.

Check you are eligible for a First Home Grant

Check property criteria

2. Gather your documents

If you are applying for the first time, you can attach all your documents to your online application. You will need electronic copies (for example, PDFs) of all of these documents to attach to your online application.

If you are building a new home, you'll also need to supply:

  • a building contract and/or a quote from a quantity surveyor
  • a copy of your right to occupy Māori land, if applicable.

3. Apply online

Apply online now(external link)

Make sure you have scanned copies of all the documents you need so you can upload them with your application. The online application must be completed within 59 minutes – after this it will time out and you will have to start again.

If you have questions before you apply, you can:

Page updated: 8 September 2022