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The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is a $3 billion fund over three years to help grow economic development in the regions.

About the Provincial Growth Fund

The New Zealand Government has allocated three billion dollars over a three-year term to invest in regional economic development through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

The goal of the Provincial Growth Fund is to accelerate regional development, increase regional productivity, and contribute to more, better-paying jobs by investing in projects and initiatives that will;

  • Create jobs, leading to sustainable economic growth
  • Increase social inclusion and participation
  • Enable Māori to realise aspirations in all aspects of the economy
  • Encourage environmental sustainability and helping New Zealand meet climate change commitments alongside productive use of land, water and other resources
  • Improve resilience, particularly of critical infrastructure, and by diversifying our economy

How the Provincial Growth Fund can help you

Whenua Māori

We're working with Māori landowners and supporting investment-ready projects to help unlock the full economic potential of Whenua Māori: Māori-owned land.

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He Poutama Rangatahi 

Improving local employment outcomes for rangatahi to enable higher living standards and better social outcomes for regional communities. 

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Te Ara Mahi: pathways to work

The Provincial Growth Fund will get local people into local jobs through funding initiatives that support pathways to work.

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Marae Digital Connectivity

Marae Digital Connectivity is a multi-agency initiative to help more Marae connect to the internet..

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One Billion Trees 

Get funding for your tree planting or regeneration project. 

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Whenua Māori – Provincial Growth Fund

In February 2019, the Government announced that $100 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will be allocated towards projects which support Māori landowners develop their land.

We’re working with the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Provincial Development Unit to support Māori landowners develop investment ready PGF applications.  We're considering applications which meet the existing Provincial Growth Fund criteria, and:

  • Involve Māori freehold land or general title land owned by Māori.
  • Come from small to medium Māori landholdings that require investment of financial capital to unlock and realise latent potential. Provincial Growth Fund loans may look for alternative security rather than requiring applicants to offer their land as collateral.
  • Are no greater than $10 million

More detail about how you can decide if your project is eligible and how you apply for funding with the Provincial Growth Fund can be found here.

More information on Te Puni Kōkiri's Whenua Māori fund can be found here.

We suggest that you contact us first as there is a range of support we can provide to help you work out what you want to do.

He Poutama Rangatahi – Provincial Growth Fund

He Poutama Rangatahi focuses on getting young people connected with employers and into long-term employment.

He Poutama Rangatahi is looking to support providers who can:

  • identify rangatahi who are most in need of individualised employment support, can assess and prioritise what support they need to get ready for employment opportunities, and can draw rangatahi into active participation in a work-readiness programme.
  • provide intensive, individualised support for rangatahi, both when they are participating in the programme and once they are in employment.
  • understand the needs of local employers and what foundation skills are critical for the jobs they have available, so that work readiness preparation is purposefully matched to this.
  • understand how to navigate and access the specialist services rangatahi often need to be able to sustain employment.
    have a history of delivery.
  • have effective management and governance systems, demonstrate strong project management, awareness of and planning for risk management, and an understanding of commercial realities.
  • build and maintain strong networks with local employers, so as to facilitate connections between rangatahi and local employers, and support them forming enduring employment relationships.
  • work collaboratively with others in the community to improve employment outcomes for rangatahi.

Proposals must specifically target rangatahi aged 15-24 who are most at risk of long-term unemployment.

Your application should be no more than $1 million per annum and must operate in Te Tai Tokerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay.

More detail about how you can decide if your project is eligible and how you apply for funding with the Provincial Growth fund can be found here.

More information on Te Puni Kōkiri's work with rangatahi can be found here.

We suggest that you contact us first as there is a range of support we can provide to help you work out what you want to do.

Te Ara Mahi - Provincial Growth Fund

The Government is investing in employment, skills and capability in our regions. The Provincial Growth Fund will get local people into local jobs through funding initiatives that support pathways to work, or Te Ara Mahi. 

More information on Te Ara Mahi can be found here.

Marae Digital Connectivity

The Provincial Growth fund is helping to connect communities by improving digital infrastructure in regional New Zealand.

Marae Digital Connectivity is one of the connectivity projects funded through The Provincial Growth Fund. Connecting marae will help communities seize business and education opportunities even if living in rural areas, as well as helping whānau stay in touch and Māori to connect with their iwi.

More information on all the digital connectivity initiatives can be found here.

Information on Marae Digital Connectivity can be found here.

One Billion Trees

The One Billion Trees Fund supports individuals and groups across New Zealand to plant trees or manage land sustainably. Te Uru Rākau's role is to work in partnership directly with landowners and organisations who want to achieve the goal of planting one billion trees by 2028.

More information on this fund can be found here.

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