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When does the Fund open?

The Fund opens on 23 September to 6 November. You can find the information on how to apply to the Fund on www.education.govt.nz/pacific

How do you apply to the Fund?

You can apply for the Innovation Fund online here. We are interested in:

  • What your project will do
  • How it supports education delivery 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

OR

    • Delivering innovative education practices in Pacific bilingual and immersion education during the COVID-19 response and recovery
  • How many Pacific learners and families your project will support
  • How much funding you are seeking
  • What you will deliver and how you propose to deliver your project
  • How you will know if you have been successful

Note: you will be expected to report on progress and outcomes of your project.

Who is able to apply to the Fund?

For the Pacific education stream, you can apply as a group on behalf of:

  • An early learning centre or representative of early learning centre
  • School or representative of school
  • A Kāhui Ako representing a cluster of schools, early learning settings and/or tertiary institutions
  • Tertiary provider or representative of tertiary provider
  • Community group/organisation, including churches
  • Social sector or community provider
  • Researcher or academic or groups of researchers and academics delivering a programme or project on the ground
  • 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

For the Bilingual and Immersion funding stream, you can apply as a group on behalf of:

  • Early learning centre or representative of early learning centre
  • School or representative of school
  • Kāhui Ako
  • Tertiary provider or representative of tertiary provider connected to an early learning service or school delivering Pacific bilingual or immersion education
  • Community group and community organisation, including churches
  • Social sector or community provider
  • Researcher or academic or groups of researchers and academics delivering a programme or project on the ground

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.

You or your group must include a person of 18 years of age or older to apply. You or your group must be a legal entity or connected to a legal entity to be eligible.

How much funding can you apply for?

There are two funding streams you can apply for:

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

There will be different reporting requirements for applications at different funding levels. More information will be made available on reporting requirements to successful applicants.

All grants paid out will be paid in one payment and are a one-off payment.

Projects will need to be able to demonstrate what the intended impact and outcomes are and how you will know these have been successful. There will be a reporting process for each successful provider in the project.

What is the timeframe for spending the funding?

Funding provided for innovation through the Fund is to be spent by end of June 2021.

What will not be funded?

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 – buildings or premises
  • Overseas travel

How will a decision be made on my application?

Eligible applications will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • How the application meets the scope and criteria of the Fund, including how the practice of innovation will be used to meet existing unmet need/s, and for potential to scale
  • How many Pacific learners and families the project will reach
  • The expected impact and outcomes of the project and how you will know if it’s been successful and the ability to measure and report on these.
  • Evidence of working together to take action in the community
  • Evidence that the project is addressing an education-related need arising from and/or exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Evidence of capacity/capability to respond and deliver

When do I find out about the outcome of my application?

You will find out the outcome of your application in November 2020. You may be contacted to confirm information in your application or follow up on incomplete information.

How will I know what projects have been successful in my region?

Successful application projects will be available on the Ministry’s website.

How often will the Fund be open?

A total of $6m will be available in each year; 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The Fund will re-open to applications in 2021.

Can I make a joint application with other schools or early learning services in my community?

Yes, you can make a joint application with multiple early learning centres, schools and/or tertiary providers. You need to apply in the name of the lead applicant or legal entity.

Can I apply for other funding provided by the Ministry of Education even if I am successful in this one?

Yes, you can apply for other funding from the Ministry of Education if you are successful in this one.

You can find further information about other funding available from www.education.govt.nz.

Can I apply again next year if I am successful?

Yes, you can apply for this Fund again. Information on priority areas and criteria for the Fund will be available in 2021.

We’re a community group/organisation looking to support our community with Pacific languages. Can we apply?

Yes, you are able to apply if you are a legal entity or connected to a legal entity.

  • For the Pacific Education stream, if you are a group working with a school, early learning centre or tertiary provider or a group of schools, early learning centres, or tertiary providers and are delivering an innovative programme or are meeting an education-related need, you are able to apply.
  • If you are working with a Pacific community not directly connected to a place of learning, the Ministry of Pacific People’s Community COVID-19 Fund may be the best place to apply for funding. You can find more information on the Community COVID-19 Fund here.
  • For the Pacific bilingual and immersion education stream, if you are a group working with a school, early learning centre or tertiary provider or group of schools, early learning centres, or tertiary providers and are delivering an innovative programme, you are able to apply.
  • If you are a group working with a community not directly connected to a place of learning, you can apply to the Ministry of Pacific People’s Community Languages Fund. You can find more information on the Community Languages Fund here.
  • If you are a provider working with a Pacific community not directed connected to a place of learning, the Ministry of Pacific People’s Provider Languages Fund may be the best place to apply for funding. You can find more information on the Provider Languages Fund here.

How will the funding be monitored?

There will be different reporting and monitoring requirements for applications at different funding levels.

Projects will need to be able to demonstrate what the intended impact and outcomes are and how you will know these have been successful. More information will be made available on reporting requirements to successful applicants.

This information in 10 Pacific languages:

Fäeag Rotuma

Gagana Sāmoa

Gagana Tokelau

Te Taetae ni Kiribati

Lea Faka Tonga

Solomon Islands Pijin

te 'gana Tuvalu

te reo Māori Kuki 'Āirani

Vagahau Niue

na vosa Vakaviti