WELLINGTON, Oct 10, 2020, RNZ. New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community Covid-19 Recovery Fund, Radio New Zealand reported.
The money, $NZ2.95 million, is to support Pacific communities in their recovery efforts.
The minister said he is keen for Pacific communities to become “the authors of their own solutions in response to Covid-19.”
The Fund provides grassroots initiatives which will give up to NZ$5,000 to groups who have a new idea.
Acceleration initiatives of up to NZ$10,000 for groups who have already tested ideas and have shown good results.
And then there are Lift-off initiatives – funding of up to $50,000 for groups with tested ideas and which are looking to collaborate with other community groups.