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Japan Grant for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP) open to the Cook Islands

The Japan Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP) is now available to the Cook Islands.

This grant is focused on supporting grassroots projects relating to promoting cultural and/or higher education. Such projects can include the procurement, transportation and installation of equipment and construction or restoration of facilities used for various cultural and higher educational activities and the preservation of cultural heritage. 

The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand accepts applications from the following organisations in the Cook Islands:

  • Non-Government Organisations (NGOs);
  • Local authorities; and
  • Research and Higher education Institutes

To make an initial submission, an Application Form can be sent directly to the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand. The Embassy of Japan accepts request papers on a year-round basis with grant funding available up to 10 million yen(~110K NZD)  per project.

The Application Form must include the following:

  • A detailed breakdown of the budget
  • A map showing the project site
  • A feasibility study of the project
  • Estimates of the good & services to be purchase (minimum 3 different supplies)
  • Document introducing the applying organisation (such as brochures)
  • A copy of the organisations regulations and annual budget

Applications can be sent directly to the Embassy of Japan at

Download the guideline and application form below.

Implications of Graduation from DAC Eligibility for the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is expected to graduate to high-income status, having exceeded the high-income threshold set by the World Bank for the past 3years.

The "graduation" is determined by the OECD's Development Advisory Committee (DAC); under DAC rules, financial assistance provided to the Cook Islands by external (DAC Member) donor partners will not be accorded the status of "Official Development Assistance"(ODA).

The following report, commissioned the Cook Islands Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand), assesses the implications on the Cook Islands of its anticipated ODA graduation from upper middle income status to high income status, especially in regards to accessing financial and technical support.

Key points from the assessment report include:

  • Limited implications for the Cook Islands; in financial assistance over half of ODA provided from non-DAC sources
  • Small aid grants comprises between $10-20million/year from a wide range of donors which are not influenced by DAC graduation
  • Large capital grants to key infrastructure projects were committed prior to graduation, actual spending will also continue after.
  • Will not impact cost of borrowing, and no evidence to suggest cost of financing will increase post-graduation.

View the full report below:

Financial assistance for Small-scale Projects available

The Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany runs a programme offering financial assistance for small scale cooperation projects that is available annually. Funding is available for projects that serve basic needs and have positive and sustainable impact of at least 2years. Possible eligible projects include; educational/vocational training or equipment, hygiene standards, water filters/pumps, and medical provisions etc.

Applications must be submitted by the end of the calendar year before the planned implementation of the project. For projects planned for next year 2017, applications must be submitted by end of this year preferably, the end of February 2017 at the latest.

Download the guideline below for further details regarding the application and implementation process, eligible and ineligible funding areas, and the funding criteria.

 - FRG_Small Grants Programme_Guidelines

 - FRG_Small Grants Programme_Application Form

Applications and further inquiries can be made to Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs. Tina Pupuke Browne (Barrister), email 

Recently funded projects under this programme include Te Uki Ou Science Laboratory and specialized equipment for the Teimurimotia Fire Brigade.