Toloa Community Fund

The Toloa Community Fund has been set up to promote and increase the number of Pacific peoples in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) related careers.

Toloa Community Fund is in its forth year running and we’re inviting all Pacific organisations that work with Pacific communities to apply for funding to delivery STEM related activities.

The total allocation of funding for 2019  is $100,000.


The Toloa Community Fund has been set up to promote and increase the number of Pacific people studying STEM subjects. These outcomes include: 

·         increased level of awareness about STEM amongst the Pacific communities 

·         increased number of Pacific people studying STEM subjects 

·         more Pacific peoples in STEM related careers.

Previous projects

Formerly funded projects delivered by Pacific organisations are STEM:

·         Expos

·         Exploratory days

·         Fono

·         Guest speakers

·         Game App development 

What we are looking for?

We are looking for initiatives or activities that is creative, innovative, have high impact and  will lift STEM aspirations for our Pacific communities.

Dragon Den Panel

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to present to a panel their project - dates and times to be confirmed.

The Community Fund will: 

  • Use a ‘Dragons Den’ approach to encourage applications for funding STEM activities delivered in the community to key influencers
  • Invite written applications to submit / outline concepts, then invite finalists to the Dragons Den to make presentations in person, by SKYPE, or FaceTime etc.  
  • Selection Panel will provide financial commitment advice if successful directly at the end of the presentation    
  • Build partnerships with industry with a long-term view for partners to run the Dragons Den directly with Pacific communities.  


All projects and activities including accountability reports are expected to be delivery by no later than June 2019.

What is funded?

In 2017-18, 11 Pacific groups received funding for  these activities: 

Northern Region         

Project Wy - Project Wy STEM Workshop

Central Region            

Atafu Tokelau Community Group - STEM Workshops with young people

Infinity Kids - STEM /Film Workshops with young people

St Annes Pasifika Parents Group - STEM and Arts exhibition

Kilbirnie Medical Centre - STEM evening with Secondary School students

Amanaki STEM Academy - Workshops

Wellington Tongan Leaders Council - Workshop

Makatu-ung He Ofa Tongan Community - STEM awareness and promotion Workshop

Worship Centre Church Palmerston North - Pasifika Education Homework Centre

Southern Region            

Tino e Tasi Christchurch - Samoan Interactive Digital Application - O Luga O Le Motu

Tino e Tasi Dunedin - Samoan Interactive Digital Application - Tatou o ile Marketi

Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications have now closed for the Toloa Community Fund.