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Toloa Substantial Provider Fund (STEAM) is closed

Toloa Substantial Provider Fund (STEAM) is closed

The Toloa Substantial Provider Fund supports providers to deliver engaging STEAM programmes for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

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 Substantial Provider Fund supports proven and experienced providers deliver STEAM programmes that activate meaningful STEAM engagement for Pacific communities. Programmes must directly contribute to the long term growth of Pacific STEAM. Funding is available for 1+ year(s) of programme delivery.

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 open on Monday 4 October, 2021.

Applications close on Monday 1 November, 2021.

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

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a proven and experienced provider that is able to deliver STEAM programmes that activate meaningful STEAM engagement for Pacific communities.
  • Be able to deliver programmes that directly contribute to the long term growth of Pacific STEAM.
  • Demonstrate alignment withMPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal: Prosperous Pacific Communities.
  • Demonstrate meaningful commitment to Pacific languages and/or culture.
  • Be able to deliver a programme for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Be based in Aotearoa.

The Toloa Substantial Provider fund is available for:

  • Programmes that directly contribute to the long term growth of Pacific STEAM
  • Minimum 1 year programme delivery.
  • Sustainability development of programme design and delivery.
  • Sustainability development of provider capabilities.
  • Sustainability development of provider infrastructure development.
  • Sustainable Evaluation development and delivery.
  • Purchase of sustainable equipment and/or resources for the provider internal systems and processes.
  • Salary and remuneration for any of the above.
  • The maximum funding request for an application is $250k.


The Toloa Substantial Provider fund is not available for:

  • For-profit activities.

  • Initiatives that are not aligned with the priorities of this fund.

  • Overseas travel and related expenses.
  • Programme delivery under 1 year.
  • Equipment and resources that do 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 Substantial Provider Fund, email [email protected]