Funding opportunities

MFAT administers several funds as part of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

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These funds are available to organisations that have their own proposals for development and humanitarian response activities. Eligibility depends on the type of fund, and all applications for funding go through a full appraisal and selection process.

Partnering For Impact

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has an approach to partnering with non-government organisations (NGOs) called Partnering For Impact. Through this mechanism, we partner with NZNGOs and local civil society to use their experience, knowledge and reach. This supports the delivery of locally-led solutions for people experiencing vulnerabilities across our region.

New Zealand Disaster Response Partnership (NZDRP)

The New Zealand Disaster Response Partnership (NZDRP) is for accredited NGOs working in humanitarian response.

PacificTA: Programme for Technical Assistance to Pacific Island Countries

Assists Pacific Island countries to develop and deliver appropriate solutions to service delivery at a local level e.g. urban planning, infrastructure planning and management, water and waste management and asset management.

Post Graduate Field Research Awards

These awards support research by New Zealand students on development issues that fit with the aims of the New Zealand Aid Programme. The awards help ensure a depth of knowledge and sound research skills in our future development professionals. 

MFAT has made financial contributions towards the field research costs of selected New Zealand students since 1991.

The awards are normally advertised toward the end of the calendar year.  Dates and details for 2019 are yet to be confirmed. 

Closed Funds

The Partnerships for International Development Fund

The Partnerships Fund supported partnerships led by New Zealand-based organisations to develop and deliver locally owned responses to development challenges in New Zealand Aid Programme countries. The Partnerships Fund had a core focus on sustainable economic development in the Pacific. The fund was decommissioned in September 2018. Commitments made under the Partnerships Fund will be met with projects ongoing. The fund is being replaced with a new approach to Partnering For Impact.(external link)

Collaborate Pacific Fund

The Collaborate Pacific Fund has been discontinued. Travel will no longer be funded through this mechanism. For any enquiries please contact


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