The Partnerships Fund is available for New Zealand organisations to contribute ideas, knowledge and skills to activities that achieve sustainable economic development in developing countries.

The Partnerships Fund supports partnerships led by New Zealand-based organisations to develop and deliver locally owned responses to development challenges in countries as identified in the New Zealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan. The Partnerships Fund has a core focus on sustainable economic development with a focus on the Pacific.

The Partnerships Fund is contestable – applicants must apply for funding by presenting a case or ‘concept’.  Activities have to be in keeping with the strategy and priorities of the New Zealand Aid Programme, and must include partnerships with local organisations in the developing country (in-country partners).

The Partnerships Fund is available to New Zealand non-government organisations (i.e. registered charities or other not for profit organisations), private sector and state sector organisations. Applications must meet a number of criteria, including alignment with the New Zealand Aid Programme’s country-specific investment priorities, development goals, and demonstrate the New Zealand contribution.

A number of people are involved in appraising applications to the Partnerships Fund, including the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel, an independent group that provides advice to the New Zealand Aid Programme.

There are two funding rounds every year. The next round (Round 8) closes on 31 March 2016. Interested organisations are encouraged to discuss their proposed concept with MFAT’s Partnerships and Funds Team at an early stage

Read about the criteria for the Partnerships Fund

Case studies of development activities 

Partnerships Fund Guidelines

Interested organisations are encouraged to read the full Partnerships Fund Guidelines before making a decision to apply to the Partnerships Fund. The guidelines provide detailed information about the criteria, who may apply, and how the application and selection process work.

Partnerships Fund Guidelines [PDF, 240 KB] 

Interested organisations are also encouraged to read the New Zealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan which provides information on the strategic direction, country programmes and investment priorities of the Aid Programme.

New Zealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan [PDF, 3.4 MB]

Support in applying to the Partnerships Fund

We encourage organisations considering applying to the fund to get in touch with MFAT’s Partnerships and Funds Team at an early stage to discuss their proposed concept. The team can provide further information and guidance in applying to the fund.Organisations should also use their own New Zealand and in-country networks to identify and discuss the concept with relevant stakeholders.

Email us at nzpfid@mfat.govt.nz

Use our tools, templates and guides to help you  

Workshops

MFAT hosts annual partnerships workshops that provide information and networking opportunities for partners who work with, or wish to work with the New Zealand Aid Programme. These workshops are held in Auckland and Wellington.  

Important dates 2016

Partnerships Workshops:

  • Auckland 26 February
  • Wellington 4 March

1 February, 5pm closing date for receipt of accreditation applications prior to round 8

26 February, 5pm closing date for receipt of draft concept applications for feedback prior to round 8

31 March, midday closing date for round 8 Partnerships Fund applications

8 July, 5pm closing date for receipt of accreditation applications prior to round 9

29 July, 5pm closing date for receipt of draft concept applications for feedback prior to round 9

29 August, midday closing date for round 9 Partnerships Fund applications

For any queries get in touch with the Partnerships and Funds Team at nzpfid@mfat.govt.nz 

Improving the Partnerships Fund

We are continually looking to improve the Partnerships Fund for partners and in line with Fund objectives. With seven funding rounds completed, we have identified three areas where the Fund can be tailored to better accommodate New Zealand partners and the aims of the Fund. 

From Round 8 we will pilot three refinements to the Fund for two years. Refinements include:

  • supporting our partners to work in Kiribati
  • supporting our partners to test and develop new ideas and partnerships that can make a real impact and demonstrate strong New Zealand value add and draw on particular New Zealand expertise
  • tailoring the Partnerships Fund to better suit partnerships with New Zealand private sector organisations working in the Pacific.

We will provide further details on these developments in mid-February 2016. Refinements to the Partnerships Fund will take effect for Round 8 (closing March 2016).

We will post any updates here online and you can direct any specific questions to the Partnerships Fund mailbox at nzpfid@mfat.govt.nz