We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Careerforce Manaaki Fund which has been established to provide temporary financial assistance for those learners who are facing unexpected hardship that is impacting their studies.  


There are currently four planned funding rounds as given below.

Round 1
Applications open: 25 March – 7 April 2024
Applicants notified: 20 April 2024

Round 2

Applications open: 1 May – 15 May 2024
Applicants notified: 31 May 2024

Round 3
Applications open: 3 June – 16 June 2024
Applicants notified: 1 July 2024

Round 4*
Applications open: 8 July – 21 July 2024
Applicants notified: 5 August 2024

*Subject to continued funds availability
(Dates are subject to change)

Successful applicants will receive a one off payment of $400 to help with alleviating financial barriers.  

To apply for the funding, please complete the form below. 

To be eligible, learners must be enrolled in a Careerforce programme and meet all the relevant criteria. To find out if you qualify for financial assistance and for more information, please refer to our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

To help us  respond to applications promptly, and avoid any delays, please ensure all relevant information is provided in your application. You will be notified of the outcome of your application within two to three weeks of the fund closing date. 

Recipients of the Manaaki fund will be asked to provide feedback to Careerforce to enable us to measure the impact of this funding. 

Please note applicants can ONLY APPLY ONCE during 2024.

View the FAQs to see the list of what is covered (what is considered financial hardship).

Please note that online applications via the form only are accepted. If you require any assistance to complete the application, we are happy to help and you can contact us at Manaaki.Fund@careerforce.org.nz or on 0800 277 486 and ask for the Manaaki Fund team.