Red Cross quake hardship grants end

4:23 pm on 6 December 2010

The Red Cross is no longer accepting applications for hardship grants from people affected by the Canterbury earthquake.

The grants were set up in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.1 quake on 4 September, for those in immediate need.

The Red Cross says the number of applications received was much bigger than expected.

National programmes manager David Neal says the organisation has distributed just over $1.5 million to 1600 applicants. About double that number are still waiting to be processed.

While hardship grants are no longer available, Mr Neal says the Red Cross is still accepting applications from people suffering loss of income or house damage.