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FAQs about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Omicron Response Fund

FAQs about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Omicron Response Fund

Below are some common questions asked about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Omicron Response Fund. If you have a question not listed here, please email [email protected].

For more detail about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund, including purpose, eligibility, criteria and what can/can't be funded, please view our visual presentation document.

Frequently asked questions

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Applications for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron Response close at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

For information on what is or isn't eligible for funding, please see our main funding page.

The Government has announced $18 million in funding for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach (PACO) initiative. This resource will be shared across a range of the Ministry’s initiatives, all designed to enable Pacific communities to build capability, resilience and continue to thrive and minimise the adverse impacts of COVID-19 and its variants.

At MPP, we recognise our churches and faith-based organisations, and groups are an important feature in our community. We know these organisations have played a pivotal role in ensuring Pacific people have minimised harm from COVID-19 and its variants. There are features of the fund specifically allocated for churches and groups.

Yes, non-registered charitable trusts can apply. The Ministry understands not all groups are formally registered as a charitable trust. 

Because successful applicants enter a legal agreement, it is advisable your organisation has strong governance and is capable of delivering outcomes and contract management. For more information about strengthening your organisation, CommunityNet Aotearoa have useful information. 

The funding is open to community groups registered and non-registered.

Yes, it is. For now, the requirement for vaccination passes is not required. Because COVID-19 has many variants and will continue to change, vaccination passes may be required at some future stage as a response to a yet unknown variant. Ensuring our communities have ready access to such equipment at short notice is an advantage.

Alongside your application, you will need to provide:

1. Your budget expenditure proposal for this initiative.

As part of the application process, you may also need to provide:

1. An invoice from your organisation. If you are GST registered, please include the amount for the delivery of the fund. 

2. Verified bank account details, that match the invoice. This could be a screenshot of the bank statement or stamped bank verification.

If this extra information is required, we will email you. 

You are required to provide a milestone report at the halfway point of your project and a final accountability report at the conclusion of your project. Successful applicants will have a close working relationship with MPP staff who will provide you with guidance.

Reporting is important because:

1. The reports reflect the success of your project and will enable you to gain valuable insights by reflecting on the delivery, which will help you grow your organisation’s capability and strength. 

2. Because these funds are publicly funded, these reports are necessary to ensure there is scrutiny of public money and your project has used the funds in accordance with agreements.

Yes, you are. The delivery of your project will be completed prior to June 2022. Any subsequent project funded by this fund will commence at the conclusion of your first project and must be delivered by June 2023.

This is a contestable fund, meaning some applications may not be accepted. Based on your application and budget proposal, your application will be assessed by a panel of senior MPP and external government agency officials. They will determine the level of funds that will be provided. It may be fully funded, partially funded or entirely declined. Regardless, you will be informed of the outcome and the reasons.

Yes, MPP recognise the valuable contribution of organisations that serve Pacific people, especially outside of the main centres. If your project initiative meets the fund requirements and is focused towards enabling Pacific communities to respond to the fund outcomes, you are encouraged to apply.

As a Social Enterprise delivering not for profit initiatives that responds to the evolving impacts of COVID-19 including Omicron and the COVID-19 Protection Framework, you are eligible to apply for the fund as long as can clearly outline this in your application and meet the criteria of the fund.