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COVID-19 has made things harder for some Pacific learners and families, including putting pressure on their wellbeing and ability to engage in education.

Many community groups and Pacific providers have been working to support Pacific learners and families to engage in education during the COVID-19 response and recovery, and to make sure Pacific learners and families have access to the services and supports they need.

Funding is available for community providers to meet education-related and wellbeing needs arising from and/or exacerbated from COVID-19. This includes:

  • connecting Pacific learners and families with the correct services that will provide support for education-related needs, for example with on-site learning and accessing ongoing education and training pathways; and
  • growing relationships between Pacific families and places of learning through connections and brokerage support from providers.

In 2020, $3.5m is available, through the new Pacific Education Support Fund to support projects in the Auckland region. A further $1.7m is available to support projects in the Waikato, Hawkes Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington and Canterbury.

From September, Auckland based providers are able to apply for funding to broker support for education-related needs in the Auckland region. More information on the opening dates and the application process for the other regions will be available in early October.

Who can apply?

To apply for the current funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are an Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington or Canterbury-based Pacific community group, Pacific church group, Pacific provider, Pacific organisation or Pacific-led education service
  • You, and members of your group, are New Zealand citizens and reside in New Zealand
  • Your project will be designed and delivered in the Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington or Canterbury regions of New Zealand and will support learners and families of Pacific heritage to access services and support
  • Any products or resources developed using the funding will be open source (able to be shared freely, not owned by you or able to be bought or sold)
  • Your group is a legal entity and has a bank account in the name of the legal entity
  • Your group has no outstanding financial/legal issues (i.e. bankruptcy, legal challenges etc.)

Application Process

Eligible applicants are invited to submit an application by 16 October 2020.

Auckland application form

The opening and closing date for applications from other eligible regions will be available in early October.

If you have further questions that are not answered in the FAQs, email Pacific.Supportfund@education.govt.nz

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

List of application questions