Leadership Network
Travel Fund

Because of current international border restrictions, the travel fund will now support Leadership Network members to travel within New Zealand. The fund supports your engagement with Asia and provides an opportunity for you to influence the way Kiwis discuss and think about our relationship with Asia.

About the fund

Specifically, the fund helps to:

  • Support network members’ professional development
  • Increase network members’ Asia knowledge and skills
  • Equip members to contribute to national networks and events
  • Support members participating in workshops and conferences.


Applicants must:

  • be current members of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network
  • be actively engaged in the network or with the Foundation
  • give sound reasons for applying for the fund
  • have not been awarded a fund within the current financial year.

Successful applicants will be required to sign an agreement for funding and agree to report back on the outcome of the grant. This could be an article on the Foundation website, an Instagram story or any other creative way that demonstrates the event and contributes to New Zealanders understanding of Asia.


To apply you must submit a completed travel fund application form outlining clearly your reasons for applying. If applicable, a scanned or PDF version of proof of attendance/invitation of the relavent event must also be submitted.

Please note that you must be a member of the Foundation’s Leadership Network to be eligible.

Once you have submitted your form you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive this email, please contact us: [email protected]


Selection process

The travel fund is $5000 dollars in total for the financial year 2020/21. We can cover costs up to $500 dollars per application. Once the money has been awarded, the fund will close. If no applications are of sufficient merit, no grants will be made.

All applications will be assessed by the Leadership Network Advisory Board and members will be notified of the outcome within four weeks.  

Travel fund frequently asked questions

What type of opportunities will you fund?

The Travel Fund is to support members with travel to attend opportunities that will help further their leadership, professional development or for buidling of Asian expertise and networks. This might include speaking on a panel, attending a relavent conference or hosting an event.

What can I use the money for?

The Travel Fund can be used to cover costs associated with travel and accommodation. You will be required to provide the Foundation a financial record of how the funding was used.

What if I have funding from other sources?

If you have multiple sources of funding, you must disclose this. If you receive additional funding to cover your expenses after your application has been successful, we expect you to let us know. Please respect that we have limited funds to share among network members.

 I’ve received funding from the Travel Fund in the past, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply again – as long as it is not in the same financial year as a previous fund. If you have been successful in a fund, you will have to wait until the next financial year to apply again.

Last time I applied I was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes, we encourage you to apply for any opportunity that meets the requirements of the fund. If you are re-applying for the same opportunity, we recommend that you request feedback to be clear as to why your initial application was unsuccessful.

What if I don’t spend all the money?

Any unspent funds must be returned to the Foundation. A written report including a financial record of expenses must be provided to the Foundation. 

How will my application be evaluated?

Your application is evaluated by the Advisory Board. Applications are evaluated accorded to how well:

  • your opportunity aligns to the strategic direction of the Foundation and the Network
  • your opportunity supports your professional and/or leadership development.
  • you will amplify your experience to the wider Network and the Foundation’s stakeholders. This includes supporting the Foundation with content (e.g. web stories, a write-up for the Foundation’s Asia Media Centre, or being able to present on your experience at a Network event) that contributes to equipping New Zealanders to thrive in Asia
  • You are actively engaged in the Network (see below)
  • You mitigate any risks (e.g. reputational, health & safety) that funding your activity might pose to the Foundation, the Network, or other participants.

How ‘actively engaged’ in the Network do I need to be?

There is no hard and fast rule on this. We take into account what has been available to you, and different ways to engage. If you have attended events in the past 12 months, tell us which ones.

If you have engaged more informally with members, let us know how. If you haven’t been able to attend the Foundation’s events, then let us know what you have been doing elsewhere to further the mission of the Network and the Foundation.

I’m new to the Network. Can I still apply?

Yes! You’re eligible to apply for Travel Fund grants as soon as you have participated in an induction or were selected in 2020 and are awaiting an induction.

Can offshore members apply?

Offshore members are unable to apply for the domestic travel grant.

Can more than one member apply for the same opportunity?


What responsibilities do I have if I received the funding?

If you are a successful recipient of the Travel Fund grant, you are required to ensure that you:

  • provide the Foundation with financial reporting on progress and outcomes of your opportunity within two weeks of completion
  • provide an article the Foundation can promote on the website with photos within two weeks of returning
  • acknowledge the support you have received from the Foundation in any promotional activities (verbal or written), and share links with the Foundation.

What does the fund cover?

The fund covers or contributes to costs associated with domestic travel, i.e. airfare or ground travel and accommodation. It is for actual costs only up to $500 dollars.

For travel by air, the grant amount depends upon which city you are travelling from.

  • Wellington or Auckland: up to $250 return (seat only, not including bags)
  • Regional North Island: up to $350 return (seat only, not including bags)
  • South Island: up to $400 return (seat only, not including bags)

If you are not flying, we will cover reasonable expenses such as train tickets or petrol. For accommodation we will cover up to $150 dollars a night.

The fund is not for other expenses, food or any other incidental costs. Recipients are expected to follow Ministry of Health guidelines if we are under Covid-related restrictions.

The applications must be made in advance of the event – at least four weeks prior. Retrospective funding cannot be provided.

 For example

If you were to travel from Auckland to Wellington to deliver a keynote at a Asia-focused event and planned to stay overnight to attend the conference dinner, you could apply for $400 dollars. This would include your flights (up to $250) and $150 dollars for the accommodation.

Still have a question?

Get in touch at [email protected] or contact any current member of the Advisory Board. You can reach the current Leadership Network Advisory Board chair at [email protected].