How to apply for the fund

Contact Tony to setup a Zoom meeting prior to making the application. 

30 minutes Calendly meeting

Alternatively, if you want to check out the MoE’s website first go to:

How many hours can I get?

Successful applications can be for a few hours to support an individual, up to 80 hours to support a department, 200 hours for a school, or even 500 hours to support a cluster of schools.

Where will the learning take place?

These hours can be used in classroom settings with all of your class, or on field trips with your class. They can also be used one on one with teachers.


In addition to being available during standard school hours, Field-Based STEM staff are available after school, on weekends, and on holidays.

What are Moe's priorities?

MoE has some priorities eg STEM, Local Curriculum Design, and mātauranga Māori.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we would need the Principal’s approval before we start with the application. 

We are quite different from other organisations – we have many facilitators with different scientific backgrounds to choose from. 

You get to choose which one of our facilitators you will work with and then mutually agree with them on the work.

You can. If you decide you want more than one expert to work with you, during an application, we are happy to facilitate that. For instance your school gets approved a total of 200 hours – you can work with X for 90 hours, Y for 10 hours and Z for 100 hours. 

If you have someone in mind, we are flexible. Our goal is to support your needs. We have great contacts with organisations able to support you for your specialist needs. 

Applications are submitted to the Ministry in the second week of every term. Funds are available at the start of the following term.