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Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund

Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund was established to provide direct capital investment for Pacific social enterprises to respond to current needs to create wealth opportunities and improve social wellbeing for Pacific families in the New Zealand economy. Eligible applicants can apply by submitting a costed proposal for up to $50,000, exclusive of GST.

Application process 

To apply for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Social Enterprise Fund, you'll need to complete two steps:

STEP 1: Use our self-assessment tool to determine which phase your organisation is at within the Pacific Social Enterprise spectrum of doing business, as per the table below: 

 Phases: Start-Up Emerging Growth Established
Maximum funding Up to $5,000 excl. GST   Up to $10,000 excl. GST  Up to $20,000 excl. GST  Up to $50,000 excl. GST
Approximate # of initiatives to be funded  20  15  10  20

STEP 2: Complete the online application form, which includes an eligibility check to determine if your organisation qualifies for funding. You'll also be required to upload supporting documentation as part of your application.

We suggest reviewing the 'Who can apply', 'How to apply' and 'Supporting documentation' sections below for full details on eligibility criteria and the application process, as well as the frequently asked questions about the fund.

Any questions about the fund or the application process can be directed to: [email protected]

About the fund

The purpose of the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Social Enterprise Fund is to provide direct capital investment* for Pacific Social Enterprises** to respond to their current needs to create wealth opportunities and improve social wellbeing for Pacific families in the New Zealand economy.  

* Capital investment – tools and services to increase skills, health and safety, capability and capacity requirements, equipment, capital to increase productivity and revenue generation. Enterprise must demonstrate how the capital investment will increase employment, wealth and sustainability of the organisation.

** The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Social Enterprise programme definition of Pacific social enterprises - are registered community-based organisations such as Church organisation, Community groups, Social Sector Providers, Limited Liability organisations and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) across Aotearoa who constantly reinvesting back into the Pacific communities for better social and economic outcomes.

The objectives of the Fund are to:

  • create and enhance the opportunity of Pacific social enterprise organisations to grow
  • increase community wealth
  • improve labour market participation
  • better understand the Pacific social enterprise landscape and its contribution to improve economic and social wellbeing of Pacific communities.

The target outcomes of the Fund are to:

  • ensure Pacific Social Enterprises are resilient and sustainable.
  • provide increased employment opportunities through social enterprise.
  • contribute to improved community wealth, economic and social wellbeing opportunities.

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund opened on Friday 18 November 2022.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 27 January 2023. 

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Wednesday 1 March 2023.

Successful applicants will receive funding by Friday 7 April 2023.

Successful initiatives must start on or after 1 April 2023 and end no later than 31 March 2024.

Applicants for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund must meet the below eligibility criteria before applying.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • have capital investment* to strengthen and enhance Start-up, Emerging, Growth & Established social enterprises
  • apply funding to a community-based initiative with commercial and income generation focus
  • be a Pacific enterprise organisation** with at least 50% Pacific business ownership or at least 50% Pacific Trustees for Board OR be a registered community-based organisation such as Church organisation, social sector provider, and Non-Government Organisation (NGO) across Aotearoa
  • apply funding to an initiative that contributes to increasing labour market participation and income/revenue generation to improve wealth and socio-economic wellbeing

* Capital investment – tools and services to increase skills, health and safety, capability and capacity requirements, equipment, capital to increase productivity and revenue generation. Enterprise must demonstrate how the capital investment will increase employment, wealth and sustainability of the organisation.

** Limited liability businesses but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis of their proven track record of successful community development programme and consistent re-invest in the Pacific communities for socio-economic impacts/outcomes and availability of alternative fundings.

Financial information

If your business/enterprise is eligible in the Emerging, Growth or Established phase of doing business and shortlisted for further assessment, we will require the following financial documentation:

  • Balance Sheet Statement for two consecutive periods [01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 and 01 April 2020 - 31 March 2021]

  • Profit and Loss Statement for two consecutive periods [01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 and 01 April 2020 - 31 March 2021]

  • Cashflow Statement
  • Budget for the current financial year

It will be useful to prepare the above documentation ahead of time, to expedite the assessment process if and when it is requested.

Online applications

To apply for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Social Enterprise Fund, you'll need to complete two steps:

Step 1: Use our self-assessment tool to determine which phase your organisation is at within the Pacific Social Enterprise spectrum of doing business, as per the table at the top of this page.

Step 2: Complete the online application form, upload required supporting documentation and submit.

Any questions about the fund or the application process can be directed to: [email protected]

Refer to table at the top of this page for maximum funding available.

You'll need to apply by 5pm on Friday, 27 January 2023.


Offline applications

If you are unable to access the online application form, you can apply via email using a downloadable version in MS Word or PDF format.


Supporting documentation

With your application, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. To learn more, please see the section below about supporting documentation.

 

Documentation required during application

As part of your funding application for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund, you will be required to upload the following supporting documentation:

  • A detailed funding proposal, outlining how you will use the funding to achieve the outcomes of your capital investment initiative. You can download a funding proposal template for this purpose:

    Funding proposal template: MS Word format  |  PDF format

  • A character reference from an independent referee (cannot be a relative). 


Documentation that may be required post-application

Following your application submission, if your business/organisation is eligible for further assessment, you may also be asked to provide the following financial documentation:

  • Balance Sheet Statement for two consecutive periods [01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 and 01 April 2020 - 31 March 2021]

  • Profit and Loss Statement for two consecutive periods [01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 and 01 April 2020 - 31 March 2021]

  • Cashflow Statement

  • Budget for the current financial year

If this information is required, we will email you. However, it could be useful to prepare the above documentation ahead of time, to expedite the assessment process if and when it is requested.

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund is available for initiatives that are aligned to the following but not limited to:

  • Capital investment** to strengthen and enhance Start-up, Emerging, Growth & Established social enterprises
  • Community-based initiative with commercial and income generation focus
  • Pacific enterprise organisation with at least 50% Pacific business ownership or at least 50% Pacific Trustees for Board
  • Registered community-based organisations such as Church organisation, social sector providers, and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) across Aotearoa
  • Limited liability businesses but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis of their proven track record of successful community development programme and consistent re-invest in the Pacific communities for socio-economic impacts/outcomes and availability of alternative fundings
  • Initiative that contributes to increasing labour market participation and income/revenue generation to improve wealth and socio-economic wellbeing

** Capital investment – tools and services to increase skills, health and safety, capability and capacity requirements, equipment, capital to increase productivity and revenue generation. Enterprise must demonstrate how the capital investment will increase employment, wealth and sustainability of the organisation 

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund will not fund:

  • Initiatives that only benefit or support one individual (including sole trader).
  • Health related initiatives (including mental health) to achieve MOH outcomes (Noting the significant investment of the health sector)
  • Initiatives that are the general responsibility of other sectors (such as school and tertiary-based programmes which are the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Education, NZQA and TEC).
  • Initiative that are currently supported by MPP or other govt agencies & philanthropies but will apply a case-by-case basis if it is to achieve a holistic approach.
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing or reimbursement of prior expenses.
  • A financial subsidy for salaries and wages
  • Initiatives, programmes and activities delivered overseas including the New Zealand realm countries.
  • Work that has already been completed (the work on your initiative must be ongoing after the closing date for applications).
  • Food or Food banks (Note: Support for these can be obtained from MSD funding or from your Pacific Social service providers).
  • Travel, accommodation, or fact-finding tours domestically and internationally.
  • Infrastructural work/projects like roads, bridges, power stations, water storage or supply.
  • Academic research and other academic activities.

View our frequently asked questions about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund.

If you have any questions about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Social Enterprise Fund, please email [email protected].