Collaborate Pacific aims to support effective governance, leadership, regional cooperation, and sustainable development in the Pacific.

The fund works to support one-off, small scale activities that tackle issues that matter to the region.

Pacific Island citizens, NGOs, government agencies, and civil society are encouraged to apply to Collaborate Pacific for funding for event and travel costs for activities relevant to the fund’s objectives.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please contact us at CollaboratePacific@mfat.govt.nz if you have any questions about the fund.

What the fund covers

Collaborate Pacific is a ‘reimbursable fund’ meaning that for successful applicants, payment is made at the conclusion of the event, based on actual expenditure (within the amount agreed).  This actual expenditure is supported by appropriate receipts and a covering invoice.

Funding can cover travel (including transport, accommodation, and meals) and event costs (including hosting costs).  In general, it is expected that applicants use the most economical and direct forms of transport.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities must be consistent with the development priorities of the New Zealand Aid Programme and Pacific Island countries.  These thematic priority areas include:

  • Agriculture
  • Children
  • Climate Change and disaster risk
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Governance
  • Health
  • Humanitarian response
  • Human Rights
  • Information and communications technology
  • Labour mobility
  • Oceans and fisheries
  • Pacific Arts, Culture & Heritage
  • Renewable energy
  • Tourism
  • Trade
  • Youth

Eligible activities include those that are small-scale and one-off in nature, and contribute to one or more of the fund’s objectives:

  • Supporting more effective governance and leadership in the region.
  • Supporting more effective regional cooperation.
  • Empowering the sustainable development of the Pacific in issues that matter to the region.

Eligible Applicants:

Only organisations (legally incorporated) are eligible to apply to Collaborate Pacific. This includes government departments and agencies. We may ask to see copies of your certificate of incorporation, constitution, and last annual financial statements during our appraisal of your application.

Applications should primarily include Pacific Island citizens, however citizens of other countries may occasionally be considered, where a direct benefit to the Pacific can be demonstrated.

How to apply

You must apply to Collaborate Pacific at least 6 weeks before the event. We aim to let you know the outcome within 4 weeks of submitting your application.

Please submit your application via email to CollaboratePacific@mfat.govt.nz and include a Word version of the application form and an Excel version of the budget template.

If it's not possible to submit your application by email please mail it to:

Collaborate Pacific Fund Manager
New Zealand Aid Programme
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18-901
Wellington 5045
New Zealand

Forms and templates