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When does the Fund open?

The Fund is open for applications now for Waikato, Hawke’s Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington and Canterbury and Chatham Islands.

How do you apply?

You can apply for the Support Fund online

We are interested in:

  • What your project will do, including what difference it will make for Pacific learners and families
  • How the project will meet education-related needs for Pacific learners and families
  • How many learners and families your project will support
  • How much funding you are seeking

Who is able to apply for the funding?

  • The Support Fund is now open to community groups/organisations, church groups and social sector providers in the five education regions listed previously. Providers who have existing contracts with the Ministry and providers who don’t have existing contracts with the Ministry can both apply.

How much funding can you apply for?

There is no maximum amount of funding you can apply for but it must be within the amount allocated for your region for 2020/21:



Hawke’s Bay-Tairāwhiti




Canterbury and Chatham Islands


What is the timeframe for spending the funding?

Projects are expected to begin delivery or continue delivery in 2020. Funding provided through the Fund is to be spent by end of June 2021.

What will not be funded?

The Support Fund will not fund:

  • Activities that early learning services, schools and tertiary providers are already funded to deliver (Direct activities run by early learning services, schools and tertiary providers).
  • For-profit activities and/or any activity to raise funding for providers, for example using funding to fundraise.
  • Initiatives that don’t match the priorities of this fund.
  • Programmes and activities occurring overseas, including in the NZ realm countries.
  • Infrastructure or capital expenses
  • Overseas travel.

When is the closing date?

The closing date is 5 November 2020.

Can I apply for more than one project?

No, you can only submit one application as the lead applicant to the Support Fund. Providers can collaborate and apply for funding in a joint process, however providers cannot apply multiple times as the lead provider/group of a project.

How will a decision be made on my application?

Eligible applications will be reviewed against these criteria:

  • How the application meets the scope of the Fund
  • The community reach of the project
  • The expected impact of the project
  • Evidence that the project is addressing an education-related need arising from or made worse by COVID-19.
  • Evidence of capacity/capability to deliver the proposed project

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

You will find out the outcome of your application in January 2021. You may be contacted to confirm information in your application or to find out more about incomplete information.

Do I need to do anything else if I’m successful?

Yes, there will be a reporting process so you can share how your project is going. Projects will need to be able to show what the intended changes and outcomes are and how you will know these changes and outcomes have been achieved.

What happens at the end of the contract?

The fund is a short term response to meet immediate education-related needs. It is not a long term source of funding.

The funding for the Auckland region will be reviewed by March 2021 to make sure it used effectively and to find out where there is most need going forward.

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

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

Can I apply for other funding provided by the Ministry 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.

Who can I contact for more information?

General inquiries


Auckland region

Kiva Jackson – 09 638 2819

Vaiolupe Talakai - 09 632 9544

Waikato, Hawke’s Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington and Canterbury and Chatham Islands regions

Emma Phillips - 04 463 8000

Are application forms available in Pacific languages?

For 2020 application forms and information are available in English.

More detailed information about the reason for the fund and applying for the fund is available in Pacific languages.

Fäeag Rotuma
Gagana Samoa
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