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Provider Languages Fund is closed

Provider Languages Fund is closed

The Provider Languages Fund supports established Pacific providers to deliver a range of Pacific language initiatives to Pacific communities.

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

Funded initiatives will aim to 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.

This fund has three funding rounds in 2021 where applicants can apply.


About the fund

The Provider Languages Fund opened on Thursday 8 April,2021.
Funding workshop registrations opened on Thursday 8 April, 2021.

Funding round 1
Opened on Thursday 8 April, 2021.
Closed on 12.00pm on Wednesday 30 June, 2021.
Applicants from are informed of the outcome in September 2021.

Funding round 2
Opens on Monday 26 July, 2021.
Closes at 12.00pm on Friday 8 October 2021.
Applicants are informed of the outcome at the end of November 2021.


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.

  • Applicants can only apply for one MPP language fund.

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

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 it 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.

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