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Toloa Capability Fund (STEAM)

Toloa Capability Fund (STEAM)

The Toloa Capability Fund has now closed

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The Toloa Capability Fund supports emerging STEAM providers to develop programme designs, elevate capability and develop infrastructure.

Now in its seventh year, the Toloa funds are achieving its goal of helping Pacific Aotearoa thrive in STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Maths.

The Toloa Capability fund is for emerging providers to build their capability for delivering STEAM programmes to Pacific communities.

View the list of 2022 recipients below.

The last round of the Toloa Capability Fund closed on 1 November 2021. This fund has now been merged into the Toloa Contestable Fund.

STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths subjects.

STEAM skills and knowledge are not new to Pacific people.

The Toloa programme champions that Pacific peoples come from a lineage of navigators, explorers, innovators, and experts in STEAM. STEAM skills  are adaptable in a vast ocean of career pathways and opportunities.

The Arts is defined within the Toloa programme as creative and innovative skills, processes and knowledge that are transferable into science, technology, engineering and maths careers.

About the fund

Applications opened on Monday 4 October, 2021.

Applications closed on Monday 1 November, 2021.

Applicants were informed of the outcome by Wednesday 8 December, 2021.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • Been an emerging provider able to deliver STEAM programmes that activate meaningful STEAM engagement for Pacific communities.
  • Been focused on delivering programmes that directly contribute to the long term growth of Pacific STEAM.
  • Demonstrated alignment withMPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal: Prosperous Pacific Communities.
  • Demonstrated meaningful commitment to Pacific languages and/or culture.
  • Had a commitment to participate in the Toloa Annual STEAM Fono in 2022.
  • Been based in Aotearoa.

The Toloa Capability fund was available for:

  • Development of programme design and delivery.
  • Development of provider capabilities.
  • Development of provider infrastructure development.
  • Mentorship by an individual and organisations in the development of any of the above.
  • Maximum of 1 year programme delivery.
  • Evaluation development and delivery.
  • Development and/or equipment and resources for the provider internal systems and processes.
  • Salary and remuneration for any of the above.
  • A funding amount request of $10k-$30k.

The Toloa Capability fund was not available for:

  • For-profit activities.
  • Initiatives that were not aligned with the priorities of this fund.
  • Overseas travel and related expenses.
  • Programme delivery under 1 year.
  • Equipment and resources that did not have a long term sustainable function and/or purpose.
  • Programmes and activities delivered overseas including the NZ realm countries.
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing. 

If you need more information about the Toloa Capability Fund, email [email protected]

Funding recipients

Below are the recipients of funding from the Toloa Capability Fund, which closed 1 November 2021: 

COMET Auckland - Te Hononga Akoranga is an independent charitable trust and Auckland Council CCO.

Pacific Learners Education Limited

Auckland Fiji Catholic Community Inc 1916595

Moana Digital Solutions


Malosi Pictures Ltd

Pro-pare Athlete Management Trust


Seed 2 Harvest (S2H)

Tamaki Connect Trust