The Puawānanga Pacific Aotearoa Wāhine Fund (Pacific Wāhine Fund) supports community groups that enable wāhine to participate in activities that contribute to their overall wellbeing, sports participation and/or active recreation.
This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) as part of its work to leverage the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and to create a lasting legacy for Aotearoa New Zealand and our communities.
There are two components to the fund.
The first component is a contestable fund that will provide resources, opportunities, and initiatives for not-for-profit Pacific community organisations, groups and clubs that support Pacific wāhine in their overall wellbeing, sports participation and active recreation. Applications can be made for amounts up to the value of $5,000.
This funding supports initiatives and projects that can demonstrate how they will support wāhine to overcome some of the intersecting barriers they may be facing that limit their ability to participate in activities that enhance their wellbeing.
This component will have special consideration for groups, organisations, initiatives and projects that have a focus on removing barriers around period poverty and the impacts for wāhine.
The second component of the fund is individual grants awarded to five Pacific women of up to $10,000 each to support advancement in their chosen field or career.
This grant will allow wāhine the opportunity to upskill in their chosen career pathway through study, development opportunities, or 'on the job' training. The fund will also consider applications from wāhine in professional sports careers, including regional and/or national representative teams or sports.
Special consideration will be given to wāhine who would like to advance in a sports-related profession or field (this can include players, coaches, commentators, referees, umpires, sports journalism, radio, etc.).
The objectives of the Pacific Wāhine Fund are to:
The Pacific Wāhine Fund is available for initiatives that are aligned to (but not limited to) the following:
All initiatives funded by the Pacific Wāhine Fund will need to follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required.
The Community Fund is NOT available for:
The Individual Fund is NOT available for:
To be eligible, applicants need to:
We held a Fund information sesson via Zoom on 31 July 2023 where potential applicants could find out more about the fund and ask any questions.
Applicants can apply by submitting:
To start the application process, please log in or register through our Kātoatoa fund application portal.
Please refer to this How to apply for funding in Kātoatoa guide to help you through the application process.
If you need more information about the Pacific Wāhine Fund, please contact the team at [email protected].