$60,000 is up for grabs on the Kāpiti Coast for projects that develop Māori economic activity.
The fund is available yearly to assist local whānau, hapū, iwi, mātāwaka (Maori from outside the area) and Māori businesses in getting off the ground.
The mayor of Kapiti Ross Church said the funding would boosts the economy.
He said they had seen in the past the business ideas becoming self funding, and providing new ideas and positive growth for the region.
Applications close in a fortnight and final decisions will be made by the 13 March.