NEW ZEALAND EMBASSY FUND IN MEXICO Call for proposals 2017-2018


The New Zealand Embassy Fund (NZEF) in Mexico is a program that allows flexible support for projects that clearly and directly contribute to the elimination of poverty, and that have a high impact on the socioeconomic development of the community.

The projects must be in line with the mission of the New Zealand Embassy Fund that seeks “sustainable development in developing countries, in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world”

For its 2017-2018 call, the New Zealand Embassy invites NGOs and community groups to present project proposals in the areas of:

  • Education (particularly of women and indigenous communities)
  • Climate change and resilience
  • Food security
  • Disaster Relief
  • Community economic development
  • Sustainable agricultural development

It’s essential that the projects are sustainable and that the beneficiaries are involved in their execution and maintenance.

The call is open for organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Dominican Republic.

(Organizations in Cuba and Venezuela are also eligible; buy must apply directly to the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico)


Recipients will be non-governmental organizations and community groups committed to non-profit development activities. Funding will not be provided to individuals.

Support duration

Projects must be specific and have a duration of up to 6 months.

NON-fundable activities

  • Political, religious or evangelical activities. Religious associations will not be excluded as long as the proposed project is consistent with the purpose of the New Zealand Embassy Fund, does not exclude followers of other religions and the funds are not used to support proselytizing activities.
  • On-site visits
  • Non-requested donations
  • Student Scholarships
  • International travels / participation in conferences abroad
  • Sporting tours
  • Financing of operational costs of the benefited association, such as wages and salaries, office supplies, and communications.

The maximum amount per project will be up to MXN $200,000 (NZD $15,000, approximately).

The selected projects must complete a partial progress report and a final report.

For projects that request more than the equivalent of NZD $12,000, the payment will be made in 3 (three) installments and on delivery of the partial and final reports:

1st installment 60%
2nd installment 30% (after delivery of the progress report)
3rd installment 10%(after delivery of the final report)


For projects that request less than the equivalent of NZD $12,000, the payment will be made in 2 (two) installments and upon delivery of the partial progress report:

1st installment 60%
2nd installment 30% (after delivery of the progress report)


Those in charge of the accepted projects must commit to confirm that they have received the goods and/or services requested and that they were used as established in the application form. All funded projects must be available for monitoring by visiting members of the New Zealand Embassy.

Application Process

The Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI) will be responsible for receiving the applications. The Application Form (available at the end of this call for proposals) must be sent duly completed to before the deadline.

All applications must be submitted as follows:

  • Clearly written on the application form; additional information can be attached.
  • Accompanied by budgets and purchase orders from suppliers of good and services when necessary.
  • The form must be signed by a member responsible for the applicant organization.
  • Send it via email to:


Those applications sent after the deadline will be out of the selection process. Only one project per organization will be received.

The deadline to submit the projects is Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6pm (Mexico time).

For more information, contact: New Zealand Embassy Fund Manager in Mexico


Telephone: +54 11 4862-5447