MPDS National Association Application Form 2020/21

Closes 28 Sep 2020

Opened 15 Sep 2020


The Māori Provider Development Scheme (MPDS) is an annual fund that provides grants to improve the capacity and capability of Māori health and disability providers. 

MPDS support aims to enable providers to participate equitably and deliver effective health and disability services through organisational and workforce development opportunities across a range of capacity development areas.

As well as supporting Māori providers who provide front-line services to consumers, MPDS also supports the work of national associations who represent Māori health or disability practitioners (both in regulated and unregulated health professions). Support is provided across five capacity areas. 

  1. Human resources
  2. Information technology
  3. Financial management
  4. Governance and leadership
  5. Communications and external relations.

These are five of the eight capacity areas from the Māori Provider Capacity Assessment Tool (MPCAT). MPDS funding categories align directly to the MPCAT capacity areas.

Applicants must undertake a self-assessment using the tool to identify areas that need development. The scoring from the self-assessment informs the development of the MPDS application, so applicants must have undertaken the MPCAT assessment to apply for funding and must also meet certain eligibility conditions.

Applicants will need to complete the following survey to apply. This survey:

  • will help confirm your eligibility
  • collect your organisation's details
  • record your MPCAT assessment
  • collect information on your proposed capacity improvement projects.

Note that this application is for national associations that represent Māori health or disability practitioners. There is a separate application form for Māori providers of health and disability services. Please see the Ministry's website for more details.


  • Health sector
  • Disability sector
  • Service providers


  • Māori health