The Partnerships Fund is open to New Zealand non-government, private sector and state sector organisations. The application process has several steps and there are a number of guides to help you.

Partnerships Fund Guidelines

The Partnerships Fund Guidelines provide detailed information about who may apply to the Partnerships Fund, the scope and priorities of the fund, and the application process.

Partnerships Fund Guidelines (April 2017) [PDF, 557 KB]

Other guides and templates


All non-government and private sector applicants must be accredited to apply to the Partnerships Fund.

Partnerships Fund accreditation application form [DOC, 236 KB]

Concept discussion/submission and appraisal

We encourage interested organisations 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.  Email us at

Partnerships Fund Concept application template [DOCX, 142 KB]

Partnerships Fund Concept application appraisal template [PDF, 221 KB]


For concepts approved by MFAT to proceed to the design stage, use the Partnerships Fund design template and budget template to design your activity. 

For a copy of the most up to date costed workplan template, please contact

Partnerships Fund activity design document template [DOCX, 745 KB]

Design workshop

To support organisations developing activity design documents MFAT's Partnerships and Funds team invites approved applicants to a targeted design workshop. The design workshop is by invite only and is convened shortly following the announcement of the round.

Presentation material from the Round 12 Design Workshop (JULY 2018) is available in the following links:

Reporting and Declarations

Once underway, you're required to report on the progress of your activity and make a matched funding declaration. 

Partnerships Fund Progress Report Template [DOC, 140 KB]

Use this template to report on the progress of your Activity at the milestone points agreed with MFAT and outlined in your Funding Arrangement. Use the plum text as guidance. 

Activity Completion Report template [DOC, 167 KB]

If your Activity was funded through the Partnerships Fund, please use this template for your completion reporting to MFAT.

Partnerships Fund Budget Template [XLS, 1.3 MB]

Use this template to track expenditure during Activity implementation including comments on significant variances to the planned budget. This must accompany narrative reporting at agreed milestones outlined in your Funding Arrangement.

Partnerships Fund Matched Funding Declaration [DOC, 67 KB]

The matched funding declaration indicates that you have sufficient funds to cover your matched funding contribution to the Activity. A signed declaration using this template must accompany all invoices provided to MFAT. 

Sustainable Development Fund Activity Progress Reporting Template [DOC, 136 KB] (Revised Oct 2012)

If your Activity was funded through the SDF, please use this template for your progress reporting to MFAT. 

Sustainable Development Fund Activity Completion Report Template  [DOC, 133 KB]

If your Activity was funded through the SDF, please use this template for your completion reporting to MFAT. 

Concept application 

Partnerships Fund Concept Writing Presentation [PDF, 692 KB]


A results framework is developed during the design stage and is used to track progress towards intended results. 

MFAT guidance on developing an Activity Results Framework (June 2016) [PDF, 543 KB]

New Zealand Aid Programme Results-Based Management Toolkit (June 2016) [PDF, 215 KB]

Designing for Results - MFAT Design Workshop Round 11 [PPTX, 1.6 MB]    

Strategic Results Framework

Our Strategic Results Framework identifies what we measure and report on to track progress against our Strategic Plan.

Goals, Outcomes and Indicators [PDF, 109 KB]

The Detailed Indicator Set [PDF, 2 MB]


Cross-cutting issues guidance 

Gender equality, environmental impact and human rights are cross-cutting issues that should be considered as part of all aid activities.

See cross-cutting issues tools for more guidance.