Provider Languages Fund

Our Pacific languages matter. They tell the story of who we are. 

Language, culture and identity is essential to the wellbeing and longtime success of Pacific people in Aotearoa.

Comparisons from Census 2013 to Census 2018 data shows that the proportion of speakers of Pacific languages in Aotearoa has declined across the board.

The Provider Languages Fund aims to support established Pacific providers who deliver a range of Pacific language initiatives to Pacific communities that will help revitalize, maintain and increase the number of speakers of Pacific languages, strengthening their identities and cultural confidence.

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


Key dates

This fund has three funding rounds in 2021 where applicants can apply.
The first funding round for 2021 will open on 29 March, 2021.

The Provider Languages Fund opens 8 April, 2021
Funding workshop registrations open 8 April, 2021
Funding round 1 opens 8 April, 2021
Funding round 1 closes 12.00pm, 30 June 2021
Applicants from funding round 1 are informed of the outcome July 2021
Funding round 2 opens 1 July, 2021
Funding round 2 closes 12.00pm, 30 September 2021
Applicants from funding round 2 are informed of the outcome October 2021
Funding round 3 opens 1 October, 2021
Funding round 3 closes 12.00pm, 30 November 2021
Applicants from funding round 3 are informed of the outcome January 2022


Online funding workshops

Our online funding workshops are 1 hour and will cover how to submit a funding application and discuss:

  • Funding criteria
  • Application form
  • Budget templates
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Reporting back on your initiatives.

Funding workshops are optional, but we encourage you to attend a workshop before submitting your application. They will be delivered online via Zoom. Register for funding workshops here.

Our team will also be available for you to chat to us about your application at Auckland Pasifika Festival and ASB Polyfest at the MPP stall.


Who can apply

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

To be eligible, proposals must:

  • Be from a Pacific owned or run organisation that is a registered entity who deliver language services to Pacific communities in Aotearoa.
  • Have at least 5 years proven experience delivering Pacific language services in Aotearoa.


What’s funded

Eligible applicants are invited to submit a proposal that must include:

  • Relevant information about your organisation.
  • What the initiative is about, how it will be delivered, managed and when it will happen.
  • Evidence that the project is needed in Aotearoa.
  • The initiative’s outcomes and how success will be measured.
  • How the initiative aligns with  MPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal: Thriving Pacific languages, cultures, and identities.
  • An element of language planning and development. This includes a description of how you plan to maintain and sustain your project and its outcomes in the medium to long term.
  • Details about previous successful projects with at least two independent referees, who can’t be MPP staff.
  • Your organisations capacity and capability to successfully deliver your initiative.
  • A realistic budget with a detailed breakdown of costs.
  • Any potential risks and issues and how they will be managed. Such as how the initiative could run if it’s not fully funded and how components of the project could be prioritized.

All initiatives funded by the Pacific Provider Languages Fund must follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required. You may want to consider alternative ways to run your programme such as online where possible.

How to apply

Apply here

Get in touch

If you need more information about the Community Languages Fund, email [email protected]