The countdown is on until applications for the current round of Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Omicron Response Fund closes on June 30.
Pacific people in Aotearoa have borne the brunt of the pandemic, and this fund will help support communities to prepare, respond and recover from the social and health impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Director National Programmes Chris Muller, says it is hoped the fund will 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.”
Funding will support initiatives which enable community groups to understand the COVID-19 Protection Framework, digital readiness and training solutions, the delivery of community readiness initiatives and home isolation preparedness and targeted innovation and interventions.
However, having assessed applications, the MPP team has also approved proposals focused on psychosocial responses (mental, emotional, and social wellbeing).
“Pacific communities have indicated psychosocial initiatives are responsive to their needs and provide solutions to support Pacific peoples recover from the impacts of COVID-19,” Chris says.
Pacific peoples’ wellbeing has been highlighted as a priority concern throughout this pandemic and it is important, we support initiatives which help people achieve wellbeing which includes connection, health, education and mindfulness, he adds.
For queries around proposals and how to apply, visit the FAQs on the MPP website.
Applications for this fund close on June 30.
Visit HERE to apply.