The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron response - was established to support Pacific communities to prepare, respond and recover from the social and health impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
This new PACO fund was part of $18 million in Government funding announced in February 2022.
The fund aimed to enable more frequent and responsive engagements between government and Pacific communities to keep Pacific peoples informed and supported during the country's response to COVID-19. While we have a Care in the Community response, this investment provided continuity of care for family, support throughout self-isolation and assist with a faster recovery from COVID-19.
Applications closed at 5pm on Thursday, 30 June 2022.
Fa’afetai lava to all those who applied to the Fund. We've had over 400 applications, which has slowed down our processing timeframes considerably. Please bear with us as we work through the final details – we greatly appreciate your patience.
We understand many of you have questions about how the government’s COVID-19 announcement this week might impact our PACO programme. We will be issuing more information shortly about this.
In the meantime if you have any questions, please email [email protected].
The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund – Omicron Response - aimed to enable Pacific communities to absorb and adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 through innovative, holistic, and, most importantly, Pacific-focused initiatives and solutions.
This will empower Pacific communities to embed and strengthen their own innovative solutions, interventions and initiatives to create opportunities that build resilience to better respond to future impacts of COVID-19.
Successful applications receive funding to support initiatives that enable:
The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund – Omicron Response - opened 21 March, 2022. Applications closed at 5pm on 30 June 2022.
Applicants could apply by submitting a costed proposal of up to $100,000 using the application form provided. Assessment of applications is ongoing.
To be eligible, applicants had to:
The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach – Omicron Response Fund was available for initiatives that were aligned to the following but not limited to:
Note: all initiatives funded had to follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required. Applicants needed to consider alternative ways to run their programme such as online where possible.
The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund – Omicron Response - will not fund:
If you need more information about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron response - please email [email protected]