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COVID-19 is creating new challenges in education and making some of the existing inequities worse.

Pacific Education Innovation Fund (APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED)

COVID-19 also highlighted the many innovative practices already happening in Pacific communities to ensure Pacific learners and families are engaged, safe and well in education.

To recognise and support these innovative practices the Pacific Education Innovation Fund is open again for 2021/22. It specifically targets innovative practices that support Pacific learners’ wellbeing and curriculum needs, which have been affected by COVID-19, including in Pacific bilingual and immersion education.

We are looking for creative, collaborative and different ways of delivering education for Pacific learners and families that reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on their education, including:

  • unique and specialised Pacific teaching and learning models for Pacific learners and families to implement or scale up;
  • creating or expanding unique curriculum resources for groups of Pacific learners and families; and
  • programmes or projects that meet unmet education and wellbeing needs by Pacific for Pacific

Pacific bilingual and immersion education

Bilingual and immersion education is where learners and families are accessing education and learning aligned to the national curricula through a Pacific language. It does not include learning a Pacific language as a second language.

For the Innovation Fund:

  • Bilingual education is where a Pacific language is used as the language of instruction or delivery of learning at least 50% of the time.
  • Immersion education is where a Pacific language is used as the language of instruction or delivery of learning at least 80% of the time.
  • Pacific languages are the indigenous languages of the Pacific region.

The Ministry expects that bilingual and immersion education projects clearly demonstrate links to Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum, where appropriate.

Eligibility

Apply now for the Pacific Education Innovation Fund (CLOSED)

Budget (Regional Allocations)

In 2021, educators, places of learning, community groups, providers, researchers and academics from anywhere in Aotearoa can apply to respond to local wellbeing and curriculum needs of Pacific learners and families arising from and/or exacerbated by COVID-19 from two funding streams: 

  1. $2.5m for innovative practices in Pacific bilingual and immersion education provision in early learning services and schools; or
  2. $3.5m for innovative practices to meet wellbeing and curriculum needs relating to Pacific education.

 $6m will be available each year until 2023/24.

Allocation of funding

The following tables outline the distribution of funding:  

Region

$3.5m for innovative practices

$2.5m for bilingual and immersion

Tai Tokerau

$32,270.00

$7,470.00

 

Auckland

$2,419,940.00

$2,250,000.00

Waikato

$134,100.00

$31,000.00

Bay of Plenty

$74,180.00

$17,170.00

 

Taranaki, Manawatu, Whanganui

$84,920.00

$19,660.00

 

Hawkes Bay, Tairāwhiti

$82,410.00

$19,075.00

 

Wellington

$366,790.00

$84,900.00

 

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast

$34,710.00

$8,030.00

 

Canterbury, Chatham Islands

$188,600.00

$43,655.00

 

Otago Southland

$82,080.00

$19,000.00

  • Regional Funding has been allocated based on the Pacific learner population distribution.
  • Funding within the Pacific bilingual and immersion education stream is weighted towards Auckland to recognise the concentration of bilingual and immersion education in the region.

Eligibility

To apply you must meet the following criteria - you are a:

  • Group or representatives of early learning centres, schools and/or tertiary providers. This can include:
    • Groups of students connected to a school, tertiary provider or community group/organisation
    • Groups of parents and families connected to an early learning centre, school, tertiary provider or community group/organisation
    • A Kāhui Ako representing a cluster of schools, early learning settings and/or tertiary institutions
  • Community groups and organisations, including churches.
  • Researchers and academics affiliated to a tertiary institution or research institute.
  • Education and social sector providers
  • The group you are applying on behalf of is a legal entity.
  • You or your group includes a person of 18 years of age or older.
  • You, and members of your group, are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and reside in New Zealand.
  • Your innovation will be designed and delivered in New Zealand and will support learners and families of Pacific heritage.
  • Your innovation meets the education-related curriculum and/or wellbeing needs of learners.
  • Any products or resources developed using the funding will freely available to Pacific learners and their families.
  • Your group has no outstanding financial, legal or other issues (i.e. bankruptcy, legal challenges etc.).

For the Bilingual and Immersion fund, priority will be given to applicants who have an existing relationship with an early learning centre or school with existing Pacific bilingual and immersion education programmes, including community applicants.

Providers who have existing contracts with the Ministry and providers who don’t have existing contracts with the Ministry can both apply.

Successful applicants for the 2020/21 round of funding are eligible to apply again.

The assessment process will take into consideration the progress you have made from the first round. You will need to provide details on the funding you have received in the application form.

You can submit as many applications as you like.

Applicants can apply for funding from more than one region for the same project however a separate application must be submitted for each region included in that project.

You can apply for funding to extend or build on your current project. You will need to provide details on the funding you have received for your project in the application form.

The Innovation Fund will not fund the following:

  • Activities that early learning services, schools and tertiary providers are already funded to deliver (direct activities already run by early learning services, schools and tertiary providers)
  • For-profit activities and/or any fundraising activities
  • Programmes and activities occurring overseas, including in the NZ realm countries
  • Infrastructure or capital items
  • Capital equipment will not be funded; the Ministry of Education may allow for appropriate leasing of essential (e.g. of laptops) items at its discretion.
  • Overseas travel.

Assessment criteria

Eligible applications will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence that the project is responding to the needs of Pacific learners and addressing an education-related need arising from or made worse by COVID-19.
  • How your innovation will make a difference for Pacific learners
  • Evidence of your capacity/capability to deliver the proposed project
  • A budget that includes adequate resources and demonstrates value for money

We are interested in how your innovation supports education for Pacific learners and families by:

Either

  • Delivering innovative education practices to meet wellbeing and curriculum needs of Pacific learners and families emerging from and/or exacerbated by COVID-19. Innovation is creative, new of different ways to meet the education needs of your communities

OR

  • Delivering innovative education practices in Pacific bilingual and immersion education in response to COVID-19

We are interested in knowing:

  • What is innovative about your project
  • How your innovation meets the education needs of learners impacted by Covid-19
  • How you will reach Pacific learners and families and how it will make a difference
  • What you will do to deliver your project
  • How you will resource your project and add value to Pacific leaners

Monitoring and reporting

You will be expected to report on progress of your project. More information will be made available on reporting requirements to successful applicants.

Pacific Education Innovation Fund Translations 

Fäeag Rotuma
Gagana Sāmoa
Gagana Tokelau
Te Taetae ni Kiribati
Lea Faka Tonga
te 'gana Tuvalu
te reo Māori Kuki 'Āirani
Vagahau Niue
Vosa vaka-Viti

Application Process

Application guidance

To help develop your proposal, the application guidance takes you through all the questions in the online application forms below. Reading it will help you prepare your application.

Application guidance - all regions

Applicants can apply for funding from more than one region for the same project however a separate application must be submitted for each region included in that project.

Video guidance

This video provides a step by step guideline to assist you with your application.

Transcript of the Pacific Education Innovation Fund video guidance

If you require assistance with the application process in your Pacific language, contact us: Pacific.Innovationfund@education.govt.nz 

Project plan and budget templates

You can use this template to submit your work plan or submit an alternative format.

Project work plan template

You can use this template to submit your budget, or you may decide to submit a different format.

Budget template

Apply now

Pacific Education Innovation Fund application form  (CLOSED)

Timeframes

Applications for the Pacific Education Innovation Fund are open from 10 March 2021 to 26 April 2021 (11:59 PM).

You can apply for funding to be spent in one year by the end of June 2022 or to be spent in two years by the end of June 2023. You will be notified about the outcome of your application in June 2021.

Contact

If you have questions that are not answered in the information provided please email Pacific.Innovationfund@education.govt.nz 

DISCLAIMER FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS:

If applications meet the criteria to be assessed and are reviewed as successful to progress to funding agreement stage there will be several due diligence requirements that will need to be met, these are likely to include, among others:

  • Are all paid employees/contractors who will be working as a children’s worker safety checked and are these current?
  • Does the organisation have a written policy in place which meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015?
  • Does the organisation have policy and processes in place for any personal information held which meets the requirements of the Privacy Act 1993?
  • Is the organisation a legal entity?
  • Are there any material risks? e.g. pending litigation.
  • Does the supplier have any convictions that could compromise the contract.