Questions about the Foundation

What does it mean for young people to live lives they value?

We know that all young people are incredible, but not everyone has access to the same resources, ideas and opportunities. That’s why our goal is to enable all young people to channel their energy and creativity towards living lives they value. That means funding projects that encourage youth agency, and empower young Kiwis to achieve the future they aspire to – not the life that others expect them to live.

What does the most excluded and disadvantaged young people mean?

There are a number of ways to define exclusion and disadvantage, and while we recognise multiple perspectives, we’ll be focusing on six key outcome areas:

    • Youth justice: supporting young people who have interacted with the justice system
    • Health and disability: for those with disabilities, special needs or mental health challenges that require extra support
    • Care and protection: supporting young people who have care and protection orders and interactions with Oranga Tamariki (The Ministry of Vulnerable Children)
    • Long term beneficiaries: creating opportunities for young people who struggle to find work, or experience intergenerational unemployment
    • Rangatahi Maori: supporting better outcomes for our rangatahi
    • Meaningful learning: ensuring all young people have access to learning opportunities and education that suits their needs
Where can I find information about your evaluation work?

We commissioned Point Research to undertake an evaluation of our World of Difference programme, as part of our 2017 Strategic refresh. The evaluation looked at the impacts and effects of 12 years of World of Difference funding, as well as key learnings for the Foundation to take forward.
You can read the summary and full report in our research page.

Where can I find more information about your strategic pathway?

The Vodafone Foundation is on a 10 year, $20 million journey to transform the lives of 210,000 young people. Please go to our strategy page to read more about our focus and our commitment to halve the number of children and young people who fall into high risk categories.

What is the innovation fund?

The innovation pipeline approach will offer three grant rounds per year, taking applications for seed, pilot and scale funding. The amounts of capital and the additional resources available will move and shift according to the needs of the recipients. We’ll have varied funding amounts and multiple grant rounds each year, allowing organisations to move through the pipeline based on their timelines, not ours. And we’ll be focused on using our technology to create positive change.

The Innovation Fund will be open in June, October and February.

You can read more about it here.

What are the collaboration and disruption approaches?

We want to see a fundamental shift in the lives of our young people, especially the most excluded and disadvantaged. Influencing systems is a slow, strategic process.

For our Collaborative fund, we’ll be investing in processes that drive systems change – convening conversations, supporting joined up thinking and working, enabling collaborative innovation and hosting collective influence.
For us, disruption means investing in positive systems disruptors, collaborating with emerging leaders and influencers to create and accelerate a movement for system change.

At this stage, these are not contestable funds. We are currently concentrating on work with Todd, Tindall, Foundation north and Oranga Tamariki to support Voyce Whakarongo Mai and with Te Ora Hou, The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and the Alternative Education consortium on the Alternative Education Futures project.

What are the World of Difference and Fellowship Programmes?

The World of Difference was the flagship programme of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation for 15 years, supporting more than 100 extraordinary individuals to make a difference to young people all over Aotearoa New Zealand.

The World of Difference Fellowship was a programme designed to support the leadership development of youth sector leaders. We know that having capable, well-resourced leaders is an integral part of making change.
You can read more about them in our World of Difference website.

Questions about our grants

I have a specific question about my application – what do I do?

Email us at the Vodafone Foundation

Does my work have to be based in NZ?

Yes. You must be working in the youth sector in New Zealand.

Can I apply more than once?

You are welcome to reapply if you were unsuccessful. If you have been funded through one of our programmes, you cannot reapply for that grant.

Do I need to be working with a charitable organisation to apply for funding?

Yes. We only fund charitable organisations registered in New Zealand.

Does my focus have to be on the youth sector?

Yes. We will only accept proposals that will ultimately support the most excluded and disadvantaged young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about the wellbeing of young people.

My project works with families, not just young people. What if I am working with the community in other ways?

We have a clear strategy to support organisations and individuals that enable the most excluded and disadvantaged youth to live lives that are meaningful to them. If your project ultimately improves the lives of young people then you are eligible to apply, however we will always fund projects which have the strongest outcomes for people aged 12-24.

How often will you call for entries?

The innovation pipeline approach will offer three grant rounds per year, taking applications for seed, pilot and scale funding. The amounts of capital and the additional resources available will move and shift according to the needs of the recipients. We’ll have varied funding amounts and multiple grant rounds each year, allowing organisations to move through the pipeline based on their timelines, not ours. And we’ll be focused on using our technology to create positive change.

What if my application is late?

We are unable to accept late applications. Please ensure you have enough time to prepare for and submit your application.

What is the relationship like between funding recipients and the Foundation staff?

We have an Engagement Lead who will be supporting you through your funded period. They will be in touch with you regularly and are there if you need any support connecting to your Vodafone mentor.