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Pacific Wāhine Fund (closed)

Pacific Wāhine Fund (closed)

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The Pācific Wahine Fund is now closed.

The Puawānanga Pacific Aotearoa Wāhine Fund (Pacific Wāhine Fund) supports community groups that enable wāhine to participate in activities that contribute to their overall wellbeing, sports participation and/or active recreation.

This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) as part of its work to leverage the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and to create a lasting legacy for Aotearoa New Zealand and our communities.

There are two components to the fund.

Pacific Wāhine Community fund

The first component is a contestable fund that will provide resources, opportunities, and initiatives for not-for-profit Pacific community organisations, groups and clubs that support Pacific wāhine in their overall wellbeing, sports participation and active recreation. Applications can be made for amounts up to the value of $5,000.

This funding supports initiatives and projects that can demonstrate how they will support wāhine to overcome some of the intersecting barriers they may be facing that limit their ability to participate in activities that enhance their wellbeing.

This component will have special consideration for groups, organisations, initiatives and projects that have a focus on removing barriers around period poverty and the impacts for wāhine.

Pacific Wāhine Individual Fund

The second component of the fund is individual grants awarded to five Pacific women of up to $10,000 each to support advancement in their chosen field or career.

This grant will allow wāhine the opportunity to upskill in their chosen career pathway through study, development opportunities, or 'on the job' training. The fund will also consider applications from wāhine in professional sports careers, including regional and/or national representative teams or sports.

Special consideration will be given to wāhine who would like to advance in a sports-related profession or field (this can include players, coaches, commentators, referees, umpires, sports journalism, radio, etc.).

The objectives of the Pacific Wāhine Fund are to:

  • improve overall wellbeing outcomes among Pacific women and girls through active sports and wellbeing activities
  • increase participation for women and girls in sports or active recreation
  • raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of sports and wellbeing activities for women and girls
  • promote and amplify women's and girls' wellbeing and sports access.
  • Applications for the Pacific Wāhine Fund opened at 9am on Thursday, 27 July 2023.
  • Applications closed at 12pm on Tuesday, 8 August 2023.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application from Tuesday, 15 August 2023.
  • Successful applicants will receive funding from Monday, 21 August 2023.

The Pacific Wāhine Fund is available for initiatives that are aligned to (but not limited to) the following:

Pacific Wāhine Community Fund

  • Sports uniforms and equipment for Pacific women sports teams
  • Transport costs for events that aligns with the outcomes of the fund
  • Period packs to support women and girls

Pacific Wāhine Individual Fund

  • Capability building for skills and development in their chosen sports field/career
  • Fees relating to short courses to support and advance in their sports and active recreation related career
  • Specialist equipment - resources needed in a career relating to sports or active recreation
  • Transport cost for events that align with the objectives of this fund

All initiatives funded by the Pacific Wāhine Fund will need to follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required.

Pacific Wāhine Community Fund

The Community Fund is NOT available for:

  • individuals
  • academic research and other academic activities
  • business, for-profit activities and limited liability
  • initiatives that are the general responsibility of other sectors (such as school and tertiary- based programmes which are the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Education, NZQA and TEC)
  • government or local government agencies
  • programmes and activities delivered overseas, including the New Zealand realm countries
  • debt repayment or debt servicing
  • accommodation, or fact-finding tours.

Pacific Wāhine Individual Fund

The Individual Fund is NOT available for:

  • for-profit activities
  • accommodation
  • initiatives that are not aligned with the priorities of this fund
  • programmes and activities delivered overseas, including the New Zealand realm countries
  • wages, salaries, infrastructure, fixed assets and capital expenditure
  • debt repayment or debt servicing. 

To be eligible, applicants need to:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • be of Pacific descent, or serve a Pacific audience
  • represent an unregistered or registered Pacific community group 
  • represent a Pacific owned and/or operated group or organisation
  • be able to deliver an initiative targeted at Pacific communities within the timeframe and allocated funding
  • have an initiative with clear outcomes aligned to the objectives of this fund
  • have the commitment to provide an evaluation of the initiative after it has been delivered.

We held a Fund information sesson via Zoom on 31 July 2023 where potential applicants could find out more about the fund and ask any questions.

Applicants can apply by submitting:

  • a costed proposal of up to $5,000 for the Community Fund; or
  • a proposal for $10,000 for the Individual Fund.

To start the application process, please log in or register through our Kātoatoa fund application portal.

Please refer to this How to apply for funding in Kātoatoa guide to help you through the application process.

If you need more information about the Pacific Wāhine Fund, please contact the team at [email protected].