Category Archives: Social Impact Fund

Cook Islands Social Impact Fund Request for Proposals – Project Funding 2018

Kia Orana all,

The Ministry is please to announce another round of  Project Funding for 2018.  For more information please contact Angeline Tuara ph: 29370 or Helina Glassie  email: ph: 29 370

applications are available to be downloaded;

S.I.F – Funding Applications open

                                                  MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS


                                               Cook Islands Social Impact Fund

                                        Request for Proposals – Programme Funding


The Social Impact Fund (SIF) is a contestable Fund to assist delivery of priority social services by Civil Society Organisations and is administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Registered Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations are now invited to tender for Programme Funding in the following priority areas:-

Gender Equality; Children & Youth; the Elderly; Disability; Domestic Violence; Mental Health.

For further information and tender documents please visit

Or the Ministry of Internal Affairs website:

SIF Policy edit New Reporting PRG PRJ 2016 Final

Or contact person :

Angeline Tuara:

Phone: +682 29 378


Tenders close: 3.00pm (CI Time) Tuesday 28 February 2017.



The Destitute and Infirmed Payment is set to increase from $165 a month to $200 a month from 1 July 2016 and the Old Age Pension rate for those aged 70 and over will increase from $650 a month to $660 a month.

The Destitute and Infirmed Payment is a means tested payment targeting working age people, primarily those with high disability needs, who are unable to secure employment. There are approximately 200 people currently receiving this payment.

While the rate is set to increase to $200 a month, the Government has stated an intention to progressively increase the Destitute and Infirmed Payment over time so that there is parity with the Old Age Pension.

The increase to the Destitute and Infirmed Payment was announced as part of the 2016-17 Budget at an additional cost of $92,000 bringing the total cost for the payment to $528,000 in 2016-17.

The increase in the Old Age Pension was originally announced last year and will cost an additional $87,000 bringing the total expected expenditure on the Old Age Pension for those aged 70 and over to $5.8 million in 2016-17. This is in addition to $6.3 million allocated in the 2016-17 Budget for Old Age Pensioners aged from 60 to 69.

Scoping Report for CSO Policy & Civil Society Partnership Policy

The Ministry is please to release the Scoping Report for CSO  Policy & Civil Society Partnership Policy to the Public. This can be downloaded from the following link Civil Society Partnership PolicyCS Scoping Report 1

For further queries please contact  S.I.F Manager Angeline Tuara on Ph:29378 or email contact:

Increased Social Impact Funds to help the most Vulnerable

8 June 2015


Attn: News Editors/Chief Reporters

Budget 2015/16 – Increased Social Impact Funds to help the most Vulnerable

Minister for Internal Affairs announces increased funding to the Social Impact Fund to help the most vulnerable.

Minister for Internal Affairs, the Honourable Albert Nicholas, outlined that the Government will provide an ongoing annual increase to the Social Impact Fund of $60,000 from 1 July 2015.

Minister Nicholas pointed out the areas of great need. “These funds will be specifically dedicated to assist with the provision of services by NGO’s in the Pa Enua, particularly in the areas of mental health and disabilities.”

Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Bredina Drollet, welcomed the increased resources.  Drollet pointed out that whilst there has been a steady increase in the effort to address mental health and disability issues in Rarotonga, there was a need to reach out to communities in the Pa Enua who face the challenges which present in looking after family with disabilities or mental health issues.

The Social Impact Fund is a joint fund supported by the Cook Islands Government and the New Zealand Aid programme. Established in 2012, it provides contestable financial grant funding to nongovernmental organisations for the delivery of services in social priority areas identified by Government including disabilities, women and domestic violence.