New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

Head of Mission Fund

HOMF is a small grants scheme that enables the New Zealand High Commission in Vanuatu to support activities, which meet Vanuatu’s development needs, consistent with the New Zealand/Vanuatu development strategy.

Funds are limited and only the best proposals will receive assistance. The decision of the New Zealand High Commission is final and is not subject to an appeals process.

HOMF Projects can be forwarded to the New Zealand High Commission throughout the year. However, HOMF projects are considered in three meeting rounds, which take place in April, August and December of each financial year.

Head of Mission Fund guidelines

This application package provides information on the New Zealand High Commissioner’s Head of Mission Fund (HOMF), which is a small grants scheme that enables the New Zealand High Commission in Vanuatu to support activities which meet Vanuatu’s development needs, consistent with the New Zealand/Vanuatu development strategy.

Funds are limited and only the best proposals will receive assistance. The decision of the New Zealand High Commission is final and is not subject to an appeals process.

HOMF Projects can be forwarded to the New Zealand High Commission throughout the year. However, HOMF projects are considered in three meeting rounds, which take place in April, August and December of each financial year. All applications must be received by the last Friday of March, July and November.

Eligible Activities or Projects

HOMF is primarily aimed at supporting small-scale community based development projects and activities. Recipients will normally be non-government organisations, schools and community groups engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis and which also generate income.

The maximum grant for a single activity is 700,000 Vatu.

We give priority to income-generating projects which have substantial input from communities. The more work, money, time and effort you and your community have put into the project, the greater the possibility that it will be approved for funding.

Priority Areas for Support

Priority will be given to activities or projects:

  • that enhance gender equality and increase the equitable participation of women in development;
  • that target assistance to the disadvantaged which may include people with disabilities, young people, and communities in remote areas who have not otherwise received assistance;
  • where the applicants are making a significant contribution themselves in labour, transport, materials, and/or cash;
  • that encourage and facilitate self-help through active participation of beneficiaries in the identification, design and implementation of the project;
  • have clearly stated objectives and a sound implementation plan;
  • that employ sound environmental and ecological practices; and
  • that are self-sustaining.

We may be able to help with the following items listed below, but approval will be at our discretion:

  • Community fishing projects
  • Cultural and sporting activities.

Activities or items that we cannot support include:

  • political, religious or evangelical activities
  • donations
  • individual student scholarships
  • individually owned businesses
  • international airfares/overseas conference attendance
  • on-going funding of recipients’ operational/organisational costs such as wages and salaries, office items and communications
  • repeat funding of the same activities, which would not preclude the same organisation receiving funding, but such funding would have to be for a new activity or programme
  • boats, computers, laptops, printers, cameras, mobile phones, motor vehicles, televisions, livestock or other goods/services commonly subject to theft, misuse, conversion, disease or damage.

Grants will not be provided to individuals/single households

Application process

All applications must be:

  • clearly written on the form provided. Additional information can be attached;
  • supported by invoices/purchase orders from suppliers of goods and services to the activity where relevant;
  • signed by a responsible member of the applying organisation; and
  • sent to:

High Commissioner (HOMF)
New Zealand High Commission
PO Box 161
PORT VILA

  • For further information on HOMF you can contact:
Joel Jonas – HOMF Manager
Telephone: 22933
Facsimile: 22518

Email: joel.jonas@mfat.govt.nz

Applications for assistance will be assessed and a written reply sent to all applicants. Except in exceptional circumstances and prior agreement no cash or cheques will be paid to applicants. Assistance normally takes the form of payments against invoices/purchase orders. Successful applicants will be required to confirm that the goods and/or services were received and were used for the purposes outlined in the application. All activities supported will be subject to monitoring visits by the New Zealand High Commissioner or his representatives. Full cooperation and access to project locations must be provided for monitoring visits.

Attachment
[file] HOMF Guidelines_English July 2013.pdf
[file] HOMF Guidelines Bislama July 2013.pdf

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