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Provider Languages Fund

Provider Languages Fund

The Provider Languages Fund has now closed

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

Our Pacific languages matter because 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.

Funding was aimed at initiatives that help revitalize, maintain and increase the number of speakers of Pacific languages, strengthening their identities and cultural confidence.

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

This fund had three funding rounds in 2021 where applicants could apply.


About the fund

The Provider Languages Fund opened on Thursday 8 April 2021 and closed on Friday 8 October 2021.

Funding workshop registrations opened on Thursday 8 April, 2021.

Funding round 1
Opened on Thursday 8 April, 2021.
Closed at 12.00pm on Wednesday 30 June, 2021.

Funding round 2
Opens on Monday 26 July, 2021.
Closed at 12.00pm on Friday 8 October 2021.


The Provider Languages Fund has now closed

To be eligible, proposals must have:

  • Been from a Pacific owned or run organisation that was a registered entity delivering language services to Pacific communities in Aotearoa.

  • Had at least 5 years' proven experience delivering Pacific language services in Aotearoa.

Applicants could only apply for one MPP language fund.

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

Eligible applicants were invited to submit a proposal that included:

  • Relevant information about their organisation.

  • What the initiative was about, how it would be delivered, managed and when it would happen.

  • Evidence that the project was needed in Aotearoa.

  • The initiative’s outcomes and how success would be measured.

  • How it aligned with MPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal: Thriving Pacific languages, cultures, and identities.

  • An element of language planning and development. This included a description of how applicants planned to maintain and sustain their project and its outcomes in the medium to long term.

  • Details about previous successful projects with at least two independent referees, who couldn't be MPP staff.

  • The organisation's capacity and capability to successfully deliver their initiative.

  • A realistic budget with a detailed breakdown of costs.

  • Any potential risks and issues and how they would be managed; for example, how the initiative could run if wasn't fully funded and how components of the project could be prioritised.

All initiatives funded by the Pacific Provider Languages Fund had to follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required. We asked applicants to consider alternative ways to run their programme, such as online, where possible.

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