Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Toloa Kenese Fund?

The Toloa Kenese Fund will support STEM providers to deliver targeted Pacific programmes and workshops with primary, intermediate, and secondary schools, students, and parents to create opportunities for engagement to raise awareness and increase Pacific uptake of STEM subjects.

What is STEM?

STEM is an internationally recognised acronym that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas of learning.

Why focus on STEM?

Innovation is essential for a successful and productive economy. To help achieve this, we need more skilled people with creative and problem-solving skills, and more people studying STEM subjects.

Many STEM occupations have high projections for future growth in New Zealand. These include information technology professionals, engineers, technicians, and natural and physical science professionals.

What funding is available?

The Toloa Kenese Fund will support Providers to deliver local, regional, national initiatives over 1-2 years, grants of up to $50k per annum.

What funded activities are in-scope and out-of-scope?

In-Scope funded activities that will be considered include the following:

  • We want to see programmes that deliver STEM over the school year, or school holidays, that include but not limited to, interactive learning about STEM, tools, software, coding, designing, tutoring, STEM clubs, etc. 

­   At a Primary school focus we want to see STEM awareness, creating, designing, entrepreneurial skills

­   At an Intermediate school focus we want to see STEM awareness, creating, designing, entrepreneurial skills

­   At a Secondary school focus we want to see STEM awareness, creating, designing, entrepreneurial skills and most importantly students enrolling in STEM subjects at each level from year nine to year 13 and initiatives to achieve in these subjects.

Out-of-Scope funded activities that will not be funded includes the following activities and events:

  • International travel
  • Personal activities, events, programmes, or any other personal expenditure
  • Activities, events, or programmes that are already funded by other funding sources
  • Activities, events, or programmes that do not demonstrate a benefit for Pacific Peoples


What are we looking for?

We are looking for initiatives or activities that is creative, innovative, have high impact and will lift STEM aspirations amongst our Pacific communities.

We would like to see existing small-scale initiatives to scale up their activities to deliver STEM initiatives to a greater number of people, to enable participants to develop a more in-depth and greater understanding of STEM.

We are also encouraging existing initiatives to focus on one component of STEM.

What supporting documents do I need to apply for the Toloa Kenese Fund?

  • Certificate of organisation status
  • Detailed project plan
  • Detailed budget expenditure
  • Detailed timeline of programme delivery of initiatives


What are the key dates for applications?

Applications are now open and close at 12 pm noon on Friday 28 August 2020.

How do I know my application has been accepted?

You will receive a confirmation email at the email address you provided in your application.

If you do not receive the confirmation email, please remember to check your spam folders. You can also email us at [email protected] to enquire about your application.

When will the successful applicants be notified?

The successful recipients of the Toloa Kenese Fund 2020/2021 will be announced in September 2020.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open - apply here

If you want additional information, please email [email protected]