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The Trust has about $250,000 to give as grants each year. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount. Grants have ranged from $2,000 to $50,000.


The Trust’s objectives are to encourage and promote:

  • improving and protecting the South Pacific’s physical environment, and its natural and historical resources
  • the peaceful economic, physical and social development of the South Pacific and the people who live there, making sure that if any natural or historical resources are used to do this then they are kept protected
  • the peaceful conservation and development of the cultural heritage of the people who live in the South Pacific
  • understanding and goodwill between the people of the South Pacific.

Find out more about what the Trust funds and how to request a grant.

Citizens or organisations from these places in the South Pacific may put in a request for funding:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • the Cook Islands
  • the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap)
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • the Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

The Trustee is the Secretary for Internal Affairs. Advisory Trustees look at all the requests for grants first, and make recommendations to the Trustee, who makes the decision on which grants to approve. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs appoints the Advisory Trustees. The Advisory Trustees are:

  • Peter Kiely (Chair)
  • Penehuro Lefale
  • Sam Johnson
  • Marie Hasler
  • Barbara Hayden
  • Bevan Killick

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