Applications open for Toloa Contestable Community Fund

posted: 5:00 pm - 11th October 2018

(Picture caption: If you are a group or organisation that can help inspire Pacific youth to enter STEM-related careers, apply for the Toloa Contestable Community Fund now. CREDIT University of Auckland.) 

Applications have opened for the Toloa Contestable Community Fund to encourage Pacific youth into careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

With this year’s fund worth more than double of the 2017 fund, Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio says his Ministry has $100,000 available for community groups and organisations that can help inspire Pacific students into STEM-related careers.

 “We know Pacific people are underrepresented in these workforces,” Minister Sio says.

“We need communities to champion these high-value career pathways, which are projected to grow as we transition to an increasingly knowledge-based economy.”

Now in its fourth year, the Toloa Contestable Community Fund is part of a three-pronged approach to get Pacific students into STEM subjects, alongside the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships, and the Toloa Kenese Schools programme.

Since its inception in 2015, 33 community groups have received grants through the fund.

Fund applications close on November 14.

Finalists will be invited to present to the Dragons Den during December and January, while successful community groups will be announced in February 2019.

Visit MPP for more information.