Work out if your project is eligible

Your project is eligible if it helps grow our regions and meets our criteria.


Provincial Growth Fund

Provincial Growth Fund projects are assessed against a set of criteria. Projects must:

  • lift the productivity of a region or regions
  • contribute to the PGF objectives
  • create additional value and avoid duplicating existing efforts
  • have a link to the regional priorities and be supported by stakeholders, and
  • be well managed, well-governed and have appropriate trade-offs between risk and reward.

He Poutama Rangatahi

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 the areas that the Provincial Growth Fund targets.

Whenua Māori

Whenua Māori is a dedicated part of the Provincial Growth Fund to support Māori landowners to develop their land. 

For funding under this allocation, we can consider applications for funding that meet the overall 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. PGF loans may look for alternative security rather than requiring applicants to offer their land as collateral.
  • are up to $10 million.

We’re working with the Ministry for Primary Industries and Te Puni Kōkiri to support Māori landowners develop investment ready PGF applications. Regional advisors are available to provide more information and support.

Te Ara Mahi

Te Ara Mahi is a dedicated portion of the Provincial Growth Fund for getting local people into local jobs through funding initiatives that support pathways to work.

Te Ara Mahi applications should meet the overall Provincial Growth Fund criteria, and:

  • focus on any aspect of the pathway to employment for people in the regions. This includes tailored support for people to become work-ready, gain and sustain employment; and to support those who are underemployed and could upskill.
  • focus on employers who may need support, coordination or connections, to employ local people into local jobs.
  • focus on any age group within the working age population. If your project/activity focuses solely on people aged 15-24, please consider He Poutama Rangatahi funding instead.
  • target any regions except the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch metropolitan areas.

Who can apply

  • Individuals, non-government organisations, iwi, companies, and charities can all apply to the Provincial Growth Fund.
  • All New Zealand companies, including those that are foreign-owned, may be eligible if they are looking to make investments in New Zealand.
  • The three main metropolitan areas – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – are not eligible.

There are three investment types, or tiers:

  • Regional: Support of economic development projects, feasibility studies and capability building identified within regions.
  • Infrastructure: Regional infrastructure projects that enable regions to be well connected from an economic and social perspective, including rail, road and communications.
  • Sectors: Initiatives targeted at priority and/or high value sector opportunities. This includes the One Billion Trees Programme.

You can make an application to any of the three tiers above, or to two or more tiers where they are interconnected. For example, development of a new tourism attraction may need investment in the local road network to improve visitor access, and investment in building local skills in tourism and hospitality – that covers two tiers.

Where applications touch on areas that receive government funding from elsewhere, for example, land transport infrastructure, we will consider the purpose and priorities of that funding when we look at your application. We will work to ensure that funding comes from the most appropriate source.

What is not eligible

The following are not eligible for the PGF as they are funded by other means:

  • Housing (unless it is a core part of a broader project and would not otherwise be required).
  • Water and large-scale irrigation.
  • Social infrastructure (such as hospitals and schools).

Not sure if your project is eligible?

If you are unsure whether your project is eligible for funding from the PGF, you could submit an Expression of Interest. This will help us to understand your proposal's eligibility and to provide feedback.

Download an expression of interest form

For help, advice, and support with applying for funding, get in touch with our advisors. Email Call us on 0508 743 473