Learn Te Ako

Through our funding we support individuals, families and whānau to learn throughout their lives.  We place importance on the great start in life provided by quality education, post school learning and the need to support people as they move through the different stages of life. We recognise learning as a pathway for individuals, families and whānau to reach their potential.


Our focus

Our priorities are projects, programmes or services which:

  • Engage parents in their children’s learning.
  • Enable access to quality Early Childhood Education.
  • Lift engagement and educational achievement of children in their school years. We have a focus on Māori, Pasifika, those with special learning needs and those children coming from low socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Enable access to lifelong learning for people who may experience barriers, for example people in rural and remote communities, young parents under 20, or people with language barriers.
  • Connect families, whānau and communities to schools.
  • Enhance factors that engage and retain children in school.
  • Develop pathways to further learning, career development and engagement in the workforce.
  • Facilitate the delivery of specific learning programmes through volunteer training and staff development. This will only be considered when clearly identified in a school’s Strategic Plan.
  • Purchase or replace resources and equipment (which is not normally funded by government agencies) where the needs of the learner is the focus. These applications will be considered under our Small Grants programme only.

What we will look at

  • What difference will your project, programme or service make?
  • Does your organisation have controls in place to manage the grant?
  • Is your organisation able to deliver the project, programme or service?
  • How do you know there is a need for your project or organisation?
  • How are the community or people who use your service involved with or support your organisation or project?
  • To what extent do you work with other organisations to achieve your aims?
  • How do you learn about whether your programme is meeting its intended outcomes?
  • How does your project,programme or service meet good practice or is it evidence based? This is particularly important if your organisation is working with vulnerable people including children, young people, elderly people, disabled people, and people with mental health issues.

Funding for building projects

Capital expenditure, for example school halls and community swimming pools are considered under our Building Projects Programme.


What we don't fund

Check out our eligibility page for a full list of What We Do and Don’t Fund.