Provider Languages Fund

Applications for the Provider Languages Fund is now closed.

Language, culture and identity is essential to the health and well-being and longtime success of Pacific peoples. According to the latest NZ Census, the number of speakers of Pacific languages has declined across the board, and for some languages such as those of the realm countries of NZ and small island groups the decline is even more significant. 

This annual fund is aimed at supporting more established Pacific providers who deliver a range of Pacific language initiatives that will help revitalize, maintain and increase the number of speakers of Pacific languages, strengthen their identities and cultural confidence.

Eligible applicants can apply by submitting a proposal for up to $50,000. 

Who can apply?

To be eligible, proposals/applicants must:

  • be from Pacific owned, governed and/or run organisations who deliver language services to Pacific people in Aotearoa
  • be a registered entity
  • have at least 5 years proven experience in delivering Pacific language initiatives be based in New Zealand. 

Scope of initiatives that will be considered for funding

Eligible applicants are invited to submit a proposal. The proposal must be able to show:

  • relevant information about your organisation. This information should include details about previous successful projects (including at least two independent referees, who can’t be MPP staff)
  • that there is capacity and capability within the organisation to successfully complete the proposed project
  • evidence of the need for the proposed project and that the project is based in NZ
  • what the project is about, how it will be carried out/run/managed, and who and how many will benefit
  • those who will be involved in running/managing the project (project team) and when the project will happen
  • what the outcomes will be and what success might look like (in other words, how will the project be evaluated? what does project success look like?) – this information will need to be included in the report back once the project is completed
  • a realistic budget and detailed breakdown of costs
  • any potential risks, issues and mitigation strategies. This includes information about any implications if the proposal is not fully funded. How would you cover the shortfall and/or prioritise various components of the proposal?

Finally, your proposal should show some element of language planning and development. This includes a description of how you plan to maintain and sustain your project and outcomes in the medium to long term.

What will not be funded?

This scheme will not fund:

  • Any activity that has been fully funded or is currently in receipt of full funding
  • Initiatives not aligned with the priorities of this fund
  • Projects that are, or should be, funding by other sources
  • Existing debts and legal costs
  • Programmes and activities occurring overseas
  • Capital items such as buildings and vehicles
  • Expenditure and costs incurred before the funding agreement is signed-off and/or the project commences
  • Wages and salaries, and
  • International travel.

Applications for the Provider Languages Fund is now closed.

For more information, please email [email protected]