Community Initiatives Scheme

Community Initiatives Scheme (CIS) has been making a positive difference to our communities since 2004 and has implemented numerous community based programmes contributing to our economic and social growth.

As this is the last round of the programme (further funding may be available under Social Impact Fund from July 2012), we have only one funding round which closed on Saturday 31 March 2012.  Late applications unfortunately will not be accepted.


·Domestic violence


·Gender and Development Initiatives

·Income generating project

·Mental health

·Organisational strengthening project

·Reproductive Health



Find listed below CIS Board Members and the organisation they represent in being part of the CIS Board.


Name Organisation
Lydia Sijp    CISNOC
Shona Pitt     Mount View Lodges
Tai Joseph    Ministry of Justice
Tepaeru Hagai    CIIC
Trish Barton    The Bond Store
Ngatuaine Maui    INTAFF
Jim Armistead    Development Coordination Division
Danica Waiti    NZHComm


To meet the eligibility criteria, projects will need to be completed by no later than 30 June 2012.  The CIS Board will consider funding small infrastructure and one-off events or programmes which can be completed prior to 30 June 2012.  Successful projects can receive between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $50,000.


For further information and application packs please contact:

Community Initiatives Scheme

Ministry of Finance and Economic Management

Development Coordination Division

(located top floor Foreign Affairs & Immigration Building)

Phone (682) 29521

P.O. Box 120





Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC) Strenthening support networks for young people  Ms Nukutau Pokura - President/Edward Parker - Assistant Treasurer Connecting CI to a regional helpline service


Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC) Realising Youth Potential: Connection Youth, Families and our Communities Ms Nukutau Pokura - President Promoting resilience and well-being and to develop a multi-sectoral national action plan/framework in response to youth suicide


Cook Islands Library & Museum Society Inc "A Dictionary of the Maori Language of Rarotonga" Reprint Jean Mason/Moana Moeka'a. Reprinting of this out-of-print well sought after dictionary.


Ui Rangatira o Pa Ariki Takitumu Night Market Sam Napa Jnr Regular night market for Ngatangiia.


Rotaianga Men's Support Center Incorporated Society Organisational Strengthening Project  Patrick Lynch Operational expenses.


Coconut oil mamas Mauke Coconut Oil Glass Bottle & 2 Coconut Graters    Ms Eimoana Taia    Enable the mamas (and wider community) to make oil    Island secretary


Moeau Occupational and Elderly Care Services Resourcing Moeau Occupational Therapy and Elderly Care services Donna Smith/June Hosking    Purchase training equipment and resources towards setting up and providing education on this.


Rutaki Vainetini Community Education Programme on Domestic Violence Ngara Katuke Educate members of the community to reduce domestic violence.


Aitutaki Conservation Trust Keep Aitutaki Clean Mike Lee/Trina Purchase and install secure bins and educational material


Te Ipukarea Society Developing litter consciousness amongst young children in the Cook islands Jacqueline Evans/ Ana Tiraa. To facilitate the participatory development of methods to make children (5 - 7) throughout the Cook islands conscious of littering.


Pukapuka Combined Youth Pukapuka Vaka Programme Beniamina William/ Ruarau Iakoba/Romani (Raro based) To bring back the building and racing of vaka as a traditional cultural sport in Pukapuka.


Arorangi Horizon Vocals Music Group Make a difference in Children & Youth through music classes focusing on reducing crime activities in Arorangi Teariki Monga Maeva/ Ken Mataroa  To offer an opportunity for children and youth in the village to build a sense of character through music.


The Cook Islands Civil Society Organizations (CICSO) - CICSO Village Consultation Ngara Katuke/ Ake Lewis To engage all NGO leaders in the community, sports, schools, dance teams, church, business sectors, government and traditional leaders in a village consultation.


Sailing Cook Islands Sailing in Schools Program Support, Youth and Women Development Strategy - Teachers and pupils. Anne Tierney/ Rory Quirke To assist SCI build sustainable support services to our Sailing in Schools Program.