Our current funds

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Last updated 21 December 2016
Last updated 12/21/2016

We manage a variety of tertiary education funds. On this page, you’ll find a brief description of each of our funds and its purpose.

Some funds have more than one purpose, but they’re listed in just one category.

Click on the title of a fund you’re interested in for more in-depth information. Or visit our funding overview page to learn more about how, who and what we fund.

On this page:

Funding for teaching and learning
Funding for Literacy and Numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages
Funding for Adult and Community Education
Funding for industry 
Funding for research capability
Other funds

Funding for teaching and learning

Adult Literacy Educator Grants 
Adult Literacy Educator Grants help educators and trainers to effectively teach adults literacy and numeracy skills by giving them access to relevant qualifications.

DualPathways Pilot
The DualPathways Pilot is a partnership between schools, tertiary institutions and employers/industry organisations. DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training.

Equity funding
Equity funding supports tertiary organisations to improve access, participation, and achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners at the higher levels of the tertiary education system (level 5 and above on the NZQF). It also supports students with disabilities.

Gateway funding enables secondary schools to give senior students access to structured workplace learning integrated with school-based learning. Students’ learning is assessed in the workplace and they can achieve credits on the NZQF and the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools
This funding supports ICT Graduate Schools that deliver industry-focused ICT education and ICT research and development, built on connections between TEOs and businesses.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)
MPTT funding provides fees-free tertiary places for Māori and Pasifika learners aged between 18 and 34 to develop the skills they need to enter into a New Zealand Apprenticeship or equivalent. The funding is paid to TEOs that are part of an approved consortium, and has three components: a fees top-up, a brokerage payment and the tools grant payment.

Medical Trainee Intern Grants 
Medical Trainee Intern Grants are paid to the University of Otago and the University of Auckland to provide a stipend for domestic medical students working as interns as part of their sixth year of study.

Student Achievement Component (SAC) Levels 1 and 2 (non-competitive)
SAC 1 and 2 (Non-Competitive) funding helps to provide essential foundation skills at a low cost to learners studying at levels 1 and 2 on the NZQF. Funding is allocated through an Investment Plan.

Student Achievement Component (SAC) Levels 1 and 2 (competitive)
SAC 1 and 2 (Competitive) aims to provide essential foundation skills at a low cost to learners by funding tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that are best able to meet the needs of these learners. A competitive allocation process ensures quality and relevance. 

Student Achievement Component (SAC) Levels 3 and 4 (competitive) Pilot
The new SAC Levels 3 and 4 (Competitive) Pilot will allocate up to $35 million (annually) for provision in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture at levels 3 and 4. The aim of the new initiative is to direct investment towards higher quality delivery, drive increased responsiveness to industry needs, and improve outcomes for students by strengthening to higher level study and employment.

Student Achievement Component (SAC) Level 3 and Above
SAC 3+ is the Government's contribution towards providing teaching and learning for students enrolled in qualifications at level 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Youth Guarantee (YG)
YG provides funding for fees-free tertiary places for learners aged between 16 and 19 to study at levels 1, 2, and 3 on the NZQF. This funding aims to improve the transition from school to further education or the workplace, increase educational achievement, and to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEETs).


Funding for Literacy and Numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN)
ILN provides fees-free intensive literacy and numeracy learning opportunities to learners with low literacy and numeracy skills – in a structured environment with strong community links.

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ILN – ESOL)
ILN – ESOL provides fees-free intensive ESOL learning opportunities, particularly for migrants, to help equip adult learners with the literacy and numeracy skills they need to study further or enter the workplace.

Refugee English Fund
Refugee English funding supports refugees to reach a level of English that allows them to undertake further education, enter the workplace, and feel comfortable using English. It achieves this by giving refugees fees-free access to programmes that lead to an English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualification.

Pre-purchased English Language Tuition (PELT) (previously known as English for Migrants)
This PELT fund, administered by the TEC, enables migrants to pre-purchase English language tuition to help them settle into New Zealand communities or the workplace, or to further their education.

Workplace Literacy and Numeracy – Employer-led
Employer-led WLN funding enables employers to set up a sustainable literacy and numeracy programme to increase the skills of employees in a way that reflects the needs and priorities of their workplace.

Workplace Literacy and Numeracy – TEO-led
TEO-led WLN funding is designed to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of employees. It is delivered by TEOs in a workplace environment to help increase the productivity of companies.


Funding for Adult and Community Education

Adult and Community Education (ACE) in Communities
ACE in Communities funding is for informal education provided by private training establishments (PTEs), rural education activity programme (REAP) providers and community organisations. It focuses on meeting Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) priorities, addressing foundation education needs, and providing pathways into further education or the workplace.

Adult and Community Education (ACE) in Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Wānanga
ACE in ITPs and Wānanga is prioritised funding that focuses on foundation skills, the re-engagement of learners in education, and ensuring learners progress into more formal tertiary education.

Adult and Community Education (ACE) in Schools
ACE in Schools focuses on learners aged 16 and older with the highest needs. It prioritises literacy, digital literacy, and numeracy, English language and English as a second language, New Zealand sign language and te reo Māori.

Emergency Management Adult and Community Education (EM ACE)
EM ACE funding ensures that quality emergency management, civil defence, and firefighting training is available for volunteers so they can gain the skills they need. 

Search and Rescue Adult and Community Education (SAR ACE)
SAR ACE funding makes quality search and rescue training available to volunteers so they can gain the skills and accreditation they need.



Funding for industry

Direct Funding Scheme
The Direct Funding Scheme allows employers (with significant numbers of industry trainees, groups of employers, Group Training Schemes and Modern Apprenticeship Coordinators) to access the ITF directly.

Industry Training Fund (ITF)
The ITF subsidises formal, structured, employment-based training linked to qualifications at levels 1–4 on the NZQF, covering New Zealand Apprenticeships, industry training and industry-related projects.

Industry Training Organisation Strategic Leadership Fund
The Industry Training Organisation Strategic Leadership Fund is designed to help develop new qualifications on the NZQF that reflect the needs of the industry.


Funding for research capability

Ako Aotearoa (National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence)
Ako Aotearoa is funded to contribute to excellent educational outcomes for learners by working with providers to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning. 

Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs)
CoREs funding is provided to collaborative centres focusing on excellent, world-leading, innovative research that contributes to New Zealand’s progress as well as the education and development of new researchers.

Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF)
PBRF aims to increase the quality of basic and applied research carried out by TEOs. It also supports world-leading research-led teaching and learning at degree and postgraduate levels by rewarding and encouraging research excellence.

Wānanga Research Capability Fund
The Wānanga Research Capability Fund provides funding for building research capability within wānanga, particularly for the creation of specialist knowledge of Mātauranga Māori.


Other funds

Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence (CAPES)
CAPEs are cross-institutional centres of excellence in the language, culture, politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific region. CAPEs will further develop New Zealand’s Asia-Pacific rim knowledge and language skills, facilitating collaboration between tertiary education providers and stakeholders to enhance our partnerships with the Asia-Pacific region.

Entrepreneurial Universities
Entrepreneurial Universities is a competitive fund for co-investment with universities to attract world-leading entrepreneurial academics to New Zealand, so that students can learn from their skills and experience.

Engineering Education to Employment (Engineering e2e)
The Engineering e2e project aims to increase the number of engineering graduates in New Zealand. Initiatives include the public awareness campaign – Make the World  –  and Secondary-Tertiary Pathways projects that encourage schools and TEOs to work together to successfully prepare and guide students (particularly women, Māori, and Pasifika) into tertiary engineering study. The project also includes initiatives aimed at successful transitions in to the workforce, such as the development of a graduate capabilities and competencies framework.