How to apply for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy March 2021

This subsidy has ended, but there's other support you can apply for.


This payment is no longer available. Find COVID-19 support for businesses.

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy March 2021 was available from 1pm on 4 March 2021 to 11:59pm on 21 March 2021. It was to help employers and self-employed people keep paying staff and protect jobs impacted by the alert level changes on 28 February 2021.

What happens after an application

When we get your application we validate your business information with Inland Revenue before payment is made. We may also need to check some details before or after you've been paid.

If your application is approved

Payment should be made into an account within 2 business days of processing.

We'll text or email you once the payment has been made. Your bank will use a specific reference - MSD COVID19M

If you haven't received payment in your account, it may be because we don't have the right bank account number for you. If this is the case, the money will be returned to us and we'll call you.

If your application is not approved

Find out some of the reasons applications may not be approved, and what else you may be able to do.