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The Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund is a Crown fund set up to support community, civil society and non-government organisations to deliver initiatives that counter and build resilience to violent extremism and radicalisation.

The Fund recognises that communities have an important role to play in preventing and countering violent extremism.

More information about preventing and countering violent extremism is available from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet:

Counter-terrorism - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)

What is the Fund’s priority?

Priority: Prevent and counter violent extremism in response to the current international conflict.

The current international conflict is having a direct impact on communities in New Zealand. Many individuals are physically and emotionally traumatised and distressed by the suffering, and the constant exposure to images and reporting from the conflict. Some have close family members who have been killed, injured or otherwise are at grievous risk to their lives.

PCVE research notes the links between experiences of trauma and violent extremism and the indirect effects of trauma and collectively traumatic events such as wars, on radicalisation. Prevention requires building protective factors to build resilience.

As such, community and civil society organisations may apply for funding in this third round that support initiatives that Prevent and counter violent extremism in response to the current international conflict.

Any proposals at this level within a preventing and countering violent extremism framework must be able to demonstrate how the initiative directly contributes as a primary and/or secondary level prevention intervention, to preventing and countering violent extremism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What can be funded

Grants will be considered at approximately $50,000. Please discuss directly with advisors if you are submitting a project higher than this amount. Grants will be awarded based on strength of alignment with criteria and significant community outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in their ideas for applications.

Proposals should be able to demonstrate how their initiatives are informed by evidence. You should also consider how you will evaluate your initiative.

Applications seeking support for projects funded through earlier funding rounds will be expected to show progress and achievements from that funding.

What cannot be funded

The Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund is not designed to support research projects (however a portion could be used for evaluation purposes) or projects that promote social cohesion or that counter racism or family violence.

Funding cannot be provided for:

  • ongoing costs, such as subscriptions
  • paying for items already purchased
  • purchasing cash assets
  • purchasing vehicles
  • alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, or vaping products
  • gambling
  • activities intended for pecuniary gain

When you can apply

Grant applications can be submitted from Wednesday, 31 January 2024 and will be considered within the two weeks upon receipt.

Grant applications can be submitted up until Wednesday, 24 April 2024 or until all available funds are allocated.

Each application will be considered on its own merit.

Who makes the funding decisions

Funding decisions are made by the Department of Internal Affairs based on recommendations from an interagency panel including representatives from the:

  • NZ Police
  • Security Intelligence Service
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Department of Internal Affairs, and
  • Department of Corrections.

What you need to apply

You will need a budget.

You can also provide any other document you need to support your funding request.

Financial information

Your organisation will need to provide financial statements.

For more information on what your organisation may need to provide, follow the link below:

Financial statements


Once your grant has been spent you will need to complete an ōtinga kōrero (final results report) showing how you spent the grant.

You can find more information on what is needed to report on a grant here:

Results reports - Ōtinga Kōrero

Apply now

You can apply to the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund using our online grants management system:

Logging into the grants management system

Further Information

For questions on the application process or support completing the application, please contact

For questions about the priorities or PCVE generally, please contact