The Toloa Contestable Fund supports providers to deliver engaging STEAM programmes for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.
Toloa funding supports Pacific Peoples in STEAM pathways over a whole of life approach from ECE, primary, intermediate, secondary, tertiary through to the workforce and into business opportunities.
Now in its seventh year, the Toloa initiative is achieving its goal of helping Pacific Aotearoa thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
The Toloa mission is to expand Pacific opportunities and open potential by re-indigenising the environment to create transformational, sustainable, and accessible STEAM pathways.
In 2021, Toloa piloted two funds - Toloa Substantial Provider Fund and the Toloa Capability Fund. The strategic outcome of these funds was to support Pacific providers to deliver Pasifika-centric STEAM programmes that will activate meaningful engagements.
This remains unchanged. However, to simplify this programme of work, we have merged these two funds into one fund – The Toloa Contestable Fund.
Applicants were able to apply for funding by submitting a costed proposal up to $100,000. Proposed projects or initiatives had to demonstrate alignment with the TOLOA Strategic outcomes, in particular withMPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal 2: Prosperous Pacific Communities.
Applications for our 2023 Toloa Contestable Fund opened on Thursday 18th August and closed at 8pm on Friday 16 September 2022.
See below for a list of 2023 Fund recipients.
If you have any questions about the fund, please email [email protected].
Toloa's Vision is to make a transformational impact in the communities we live in. The Toloa Contestable Fund supports STEAM providers to deliver engaging STEAM programmes for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.
Since its inception in 2015, the Toloa Programme takes a multi-faceted approach of raising awareness and providing education and workforce development opportunities.
The Toloa long term goals see a critical mass of Pacific people:
STEAM skills and knowledge are not new to Pacific people. The Toloa programme champions that Pacific peoples come from a lineage of navigators, explorers, innovators, and experts in STEAM. Skills that are adaptable in a vast ocean of career pathways and opportunities.
Proposed projects under the Toloa Contestable Fund must demonstrate alignment with the TOLOA Strategic outcomes, in particularMPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal 2: Prosperous Pacific Communities, which is informed by the MPP Pacific Wellbeing Framework.
The Toloa Contestable Fund supports projects and initiatives that help create opportunities for Pacific people to learn about and to engage with science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM), by:
The Toloa Contestable Fund is designed to:
Indicative Total Funding Available
$400,000 (excluding GST)
Amount available to apply for
Minimum: $50,000 (excluding GST)
Maximum: $100,000 (excluding GST)
Up to 11 months.
Project Delivery Window
Funding was only available for projects that run between February and December 2023.
Applications opened on Thursday 18 August 2022.
Applications closed at 8pm on Friday 16 September 2022.
Applicants were informed of the outcome by mid-November 2022.
To be eligible to apply for the Toloa Contestable Fund:
Applications not meeting any of these criteria will be declined for funding on eligibility grounds.
Applicants were able apply by submitting a costed proposal between $50,000 and $100,000 (excl. GST)
This fund closed at 8pm on Friday 16 September 2022.
The Toloa Contestable Provider fund was available for:
The Toloa Contestable Provider fund was not available for:
See our frequently asked questions about the Toloa Contestable Fund.
If you need more information about the Toloa Contestable Provider Fund, please email [email protected].
Below are the recipients of funding from the Toloa Capability Fund, which closed 16 September 2022: