India Grant Fund

The India Grant Fund (IGF) was first announced at the 2006 Pacific Islands Forum and made available to each Pacific Island Country including the Cook Islands. It is administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and funded by the Government of India under their Grant-in Aid Programme. A total of USD$200,000 is available for the Cook Islands to access.

The main focal area of the grant funding from the Government of India is to support, promote, and/or develop social, economic and/or cultural, economic and social development and sustainanility. An additional prerequisite was the alignment to the Te Kaveinga Nui Framework NSDP 2016-2020 goals,

Calls for proposals are managed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) acting as the point of contact with the Government of India who approves applications.

Calls are published in the Newspaper, MFEM website and DCD Facebook page and enquiries can be made on phone (682) 29521

Once a proposal is approved by the Government of India, MFEM receives funds and disburses them to recipients who are responsible for activities and reporting.



Requests for Expressions of Interest – India Grant Fund

The India Grant Fund (IGF) is administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and is funded by the Government of India under their Grant-in Aid Programme, which has funded public and community based projects, contributing to social and economic development since 2006.

The Development Coordination Division of the MFEM wishes to advise that the funding round for 2018/19 is now open for government agencies, community clubs, registered groups and organisations to apply for assistance based in the Cook Islands.

To meet the eligibility criteria, all application requirements must be completed.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applications close 4pm, Friday 16th November 2018.

 application pack 

*Application Instructions

* APPLICATION - Concept Note 

For further information and inquiries contact:
Phone 29521 to speak to Tessa Vaetoru or Charmaine Dolan
Email: , email subject line: India Grant Fund



All NSDC submissions have been reviewed, below is a table of succesful applicants for the 2016/17 ROUND

Projects Island Description Donor amount received NSDC Decisions
Amuri Village Aitutaki Replace roofing Amuri Village community hall $26,000 Approved 
Apii Avarua Parent Teacher Association Rarotonga Installation of Canopy $150,000 Approved
ARAP Growers Association Incorporated Rarotonga Machinery -Excavator for the growers association + trailer $50,000 Approved
Cook Islands Canoeing Association Rarotonga K1 – for a career in sports $30,000 Approved
Cook Islands Fire & Safety Rarotonga Road Safety – Vision Speed Indicating Devices $128,000 Approved
Creative Centre Trust Rarotonga Transportation for Creative Centre $41,000 Approved
Imanuela Akatemia Rarotonga School Playground Redevelopment $66,000 Apprioved
Mangaia Island Government Mangaia Mangaia Water transportation and trailer $40,000 Approved
Matavera Fishing Club Association Rarotonga Community fishing boat, trailer and fishing equipment $45,000 Approved
Matavera Growers Association Rarotonga Machinery for Growers association $40,000 Approved
Mitiaro Island Government Mitiaro Improving the sanitary facility of the local community halls $64,000 Approved
Rauti Maori Incorporated Mitiaro Development of the Mitiaro bowling green $120,000 Approved
Sailing Cook Islands Rarotonga Sailing academy education and training programs $44,000 Approved
Te Kaupua – Pukapuka Disability Assocation Pukapuka Complete construction of the Pukapuka Disability Recreation Centre $22,000 Approved
Te Matahorua Growers Manihiki Food security and nutrition for manihiki $50,000 Approved
Tupapa Maraerenga maternal and child health clinic Rarotonga Revitalization of the Tupapa health clinic $50,000 Approved


For further information and inquiries contact: 
or contact
Melinda Pierre or Tessa Vaetoru via ph 29521 

India Grant Fund Application - Please note that Applications are CLOSED for the 2016/2017 Round

Previous successful India Grant Fund Recipients