The North Pacific Development Fund (NPDF) enables the New Zealand Embassy in Honolulu to support activities that contribute to economic development in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Eligible activities or projects:

NPDF is primarily aimed at supporting small-scale development projects or activities. Recipients will normally be non-government organisations and community groups engaged in development activities on a non-profit basis. The maximum grant for a single activity is NZ$75,000.

Priority will be given to activities or projects:

  • That enhance gender equality and increase the equitable participation of women in development
  • That target assistance to the disadvantaged which may include people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, young people and communities in remote areas who have not otherwise received assistance
  • Where the applicants are making a significant contribution themselves in labour, transport, materials, and/or cash
  • That encourage and facilitate self-help through active participation of beneficiaries in the identification, design and implementation of the project
  • Have clearly stated objectives and a sound implementation plan
  • That employ sound environment and ecological practices; and
  • That have high development impacts in proportion to costs

Activities or items which will not be supported include:

  • Political, religious or evangelical activities N.B. faith-based groups are not excluded where the proposed project is consistent with the purpose of the Fund, does not exclude followers of other religions, and the funds are not used to support proselytising
  • Site visits
  • Unsolicited donations
  • Individual student scholarships
  • International airfares/overseas conference attendance
  • On-going (recurrent) funding of recipients’ operational/organisational costs such as wages and salaries, office items and communications

In addition, applications for the following activities will not be considered:

  • Research
  • Motor vehicles, televisions, international travel, animals or other goods/services commonly subject to theft, misuse, conversion, disease or damage
  • For profit business enterprises under the control of individuals
  • Cultural or sporting activities unless the community involved is particularly disadvantaged

How to apply


We are accepting applications for the 2019-20 funding round between 1 June 2019 and 30 April 2020.

  • Applications submitted by 30 August 2019 will be appraised in September and October 2019, with outcomes likely to be announced by 1 November 2019.
  • Any applications received after the 30 August 2019 will be considered and notifications made by June 2020.

Download and complete the following Application Form [DOC, 184 KB].

All applications should be:

  • Clearly written on the form provided.  Additional information can be attached;
  • Supported by invoices/purchase orders from suppliers of goods and services to the activity where relevant;
  • Signed by a responsible member of the applying organisation; and sent to:

NPDF Administrator
New Zealand Embassy
733 Bishop Street, Suite 2020
Honolulu, HI 96813
P: +1-808-675-5555