Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Community Languages Fund?

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples Community Languages Fund is a funding scheme that is aimed to support community initiatives that:

  • are targeted towards Pacific community groups and Pacific families
  • share and pass on Pacific language knowledge
  • enables accessibility to Pacific language learning
  • increases the awareness and value of Pacific languages in Aotearoa
  • helps increase and grow the number of speakers of Pacific languages

Why is this funding scheme needed?

Pacific languages are in decline both in Aotearoa and abroad. There is a general recognition that languages are important for Pacific peoples’ cultural identity and that languages and culture are related to a Pacific persons’ sense of belonging and potential to participate with confidence in society. This funding scheme, along with other initiatives as part of the Ministry’s languages work programme, is aimed at addressing this decline.

This funding scheme also responds to feedback during the Ministry’s Pacific Aotearoa engagements with over 2,500 Pacific peoples in 2018 and captured in Lalanga Fou Goal 1: Thriving Pacific languages, cultures and identities.

What are the priorities for the Community Languages Fund?

The Community Languages Fund prioritises initiatives that:

  • are targeted towards Pacific community groups and Pacific families
  • share and pass on Pacific language knowledge
  • enables accessibility to language learning
  • increases the awareness and value of Pacific languages in Aotearoa
  • helps increase and grow the number of speakers of Pacific languages.

What will not be funded?

The Community Languages Fund will not fund the following:

  • For-profit activities
  • Initiatives not aligned with the priorities of this fund
  • Programmes that are the general responsibility and located within the domain of other sectors (such as ECE, school and tertiary-based programmes which are the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Education, NZQA and TEC)
  • Programmes and activities occurring overseas including the NZ realm countries
  • Wages, salaries, infrastructure and fixed assets, capital expenditure
  • Academic research and other academic activities

Who can apply?

Pacific individuals, families and groups who require funding to run small to medium scale initiatives with a relatively quick turnaround (generally a six-month or less completion timeframe) that are in line with the Community Languages Fund priorities can apply. 

You must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

How do I apply and what is required?

The online application form for the Community Languages Fund will be made available from Wednesday 30 September 2020, and closed at 12pm-noon on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Please ensure you have the following:

  • A completed application form. Please ensure you answer all required fields as incomplete forms will result in delay in processing
  • A comprehensive budget breakdown detailing how the funds will be allocated. Examples provided below:

Budget example for the Grassroots tier

EXAMPLE Grassroots Tier Budget Breakdown2Budget example for the Emerging tier

EXAMPLE Emerging Tier Budget Breakdown

Verification of account details

A recent bank statement, encoded deposit slip or a screenshot of your online banking statement clearly showing your bank, the original account name and account number is also required. This is to verify that the funds are going to the correct account to deliver the initiative.

We will not accept the following:

  • Handwritten or typed out documents of the information required
  • Account information where we can see account names have been edited
  • Screenshots or scans where the required information is cut out or difficult to read

We will however accept the following:

  • Scanned copy or photo of your encoded deposit slip where the bank name, account name and the account number are clearly visible
  • Full page scanned copy of a recent bank statement
  • Screenshot of bank statement on mobile app of internet banking
  • Signed and stamped print out of your account number from the bank branch

Please see examples below of what will be accepted

EXAMPLE Bank account information2What are the key dates?

Applications for round two of the Community Languages Fund open on Wednesday 30 September 2020 and closed at 12pm-noon on Wednesday 28 October 2020.


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

For those applying for the Grassroots tier, you will receive a decision letter within 3 weeks of submitting your application.

Applications for the Emerging tier will be assessed once applications have closed at 12pm-noon on Wednesday 28 October 2020. You will be informed of a decision on your application by Friday 20 November 2020.

If successful, when can I expect to receive funds?

You can expect funds to appear in the account provided within 10 working days of providing account information. Please note that incorrect information will delay payment.

Can I apply more than once in a year?

Yes, you can apply more than once in a year. However, you will need to complete your event, initiative or project for which you received funding for and submit your accountability report-back that satisfactorily meets the Ministry's standards before you can re-apply. This is to ensure that a broad and diverse range of applicants from across Aotearoa can access this fund but at the same time recognises the need to be flexible and mindful of building and maintaining momentum and maximising the impact of events, initiatives and projects throughout the year.

Can I apply for other funding provided by the Ministry even if I am successful in this one?

Yes, you can apply for funding through the Ministry’s other funding and sponsorship schemes even if you are successful in this one. However, you will need to ensure that your application is aligned with the priorities and meets the criteria of those schemes, which may differ from the Community Languages Fund or may not include languages. In some cases, due to the volume of applications the Ministry receives across all its funding schemes, priority will be given to those who have not received any funding from the Ministry or have not received funding for some time.

Is information (including application form) available in Pacific languages?

At this stage, all information including the application form is only available in English. If you require support on this, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected]

In future, we may have the information and application forms available in the key Pacific languages.


All initiatives funded by the Community Languages Fund must adhere to the Government guidelines around COVID-19, specifically regulations around larger gatherings and social distancing. Where necessary you may want to consider alternative ways to run your programme i.e. online where possible.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please click here

Need some more help?

If you would like additional information or have specific questions that wasn't included in the FAQs, please email [email protected]