Our Pacific languages matter because they tell the story of who we are. Language, culture and identity is essential to the wellbeing and longtime success of Pacific people in Aotearoa.
Comparisons from Census 2013 to Census 2018 data shows that the proportion of speakers of Pacific languages in Aotearoa has declined across the board.
Eligible applicants were able to apply by submitting a proposal for up to $2500.
To be eligible, applicants must:
Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
Be of Pacific descent.
Represent an unregistered or registered group, or a Pacific owned and operated group or organisation run by youth for youth.
Be able to deliver an initiative targeted at Pacific young people within the calendar year timeframe.
Provide a budget outline.
Applicants can only apply for one MPP language fund.
Eligible applicants can apply by submitting a proposal for up to $2500.
The Youth Languages Fund was available for initiatives that:
Were targeted towards Pacific young people in Aotearoa.
Were targeted towards Pacific communities and families.
Shared and passed on Pacific language knowledge.
Enabled or improved access to Pacific language learning.
Increased the awareness or provided a platform for the use of Pacific languages.
Helped grow the number of speakers of Pacific languages.
All initiatives funded by the Youth Languages Fund had to follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required. Applicants were asked to consider alternative ways to run their programmes, such as online where possible.
The Youth Languages Fund will not fund:
If you need more information about the Youth Languages Fund, email [email protected]