Pacific groups taking up New Zealand’s govt help for Covid-19 recovery efforts

Fongafale island, home to the Tuvaluan capital, Funafuti. Photo: The Guardian. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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.

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