Innovation is one of the key pillars of the Foundation’s Strategy. You can see our full strategy document here. Our innovation fund will focus on two streams of work – an innovation pipeline fund and an accelerator programme.

The innovation pipeline approach will offer two 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.

Our Change Accelerator programme will see us work alongside Vodafone Xone, Vodafone Foundation Germany and other partners to pilot a residential community accelerator that will rapidly develop, test and disseminate technology based solutions for community problems.

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is now open for applications until 5pm on Wednesday the 31st of January 2018.

The Vodafone Foundation Innovation Fund has been set up to support innovative work that aims to create better outcomes for the most excluded and disadvantaged youth.

We are looking for proven or promising ideas, projects and programmes that align with our strategy, generate outcomes in one or more of our six keys areas and that utilise technology in their implementation or dissemination. We recognise that innovation takes time and projects may be at different stages of development. To cater for this, we have three levels of funding: seed, pilot and scale funding. This is an open, contestable grant round and all registered charities are encouraged to apply. An organisation can only submit one application per grant round and must indicate if it is for seed, pilot or scale funding. If successful a maximum of 15% of the grant may be used for organisational overheads.

We are open to collaborative applications, and, where possible, we will aim to fully fund successful applications.

The majority of successful applications will be those that use technology to implement or disseminate their project and are likely to support positive intergenerational outcomes. We are unlikely to fund research or intervention around specific physical interventions, generation of short films or web series unless supported by ongoing youth development, one off events.

You can find more information about the seed, pilot and scale funding options below.

Applications for the Innovation Fund close at 5pm on Wednesday the 31st of January 2018.


Seed funding ($1,000 to $10,000 per application)

The seed funding aims to support early stage ideas and concepts being developed for use in New Zealand. This fund can be used for research, to develop options papers, build relationships or create a feasibility study. It’s focused on exploring ideas and testing their viability before proceeding to a pilot stage. There must be a focus on generating positive outcomes for the most excluded and disadvantaged young people in New Zealand.

This is the start of the innovation pipeline and we anticipate organisations that are successful will apply for pilot funding in a future grant round.

This fund is not a scholarship fund for tertiary studies.


Pilot funding ($10,000 – $50,000 per application)

This fund is designed to turn developed ideas into practice. This may involve building a minimal viable product or testing a project/programme in the real world.

If successful your organisation will have up to six months to develop and implement your pilot project. You will need to provide the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation with measurements and learnings from the pilot – both the positive and the challenging.

Your organisation does not need to have received seed funding to be applicable for pilot funding.

We anticipate organisations with pilot projects that demonstrate positive outcomes for the most excluded and/or disadvantaged young people in New Zealand will apply for scale funding in a future grant round.


Scale funding ($50,000 – $200,000 per application)

This fund is for organisations who already have a proven project or programme and wish to increase the scale of their work to enhance the positive outcomes for young people.

Your organisation does not need to have received seed or pilot funding to be applicable for scale funding, however successful applicants will likely have an existing relationship with the Vodafone Foundation.

 

Application timeline

1st December 2017 – Applications open

31st January 2018 – Applications close

7th – 9th February 2018 – Application shortlisting

20th February 2018 – Allocation panel meeting

30th March 2018 – Announcement of Innovation Fund recipients


Criteria to apply

Your organisation needs to have New Zealand Charitable status.

Your application must be about an innovative concept or idea and not “business as usual”.

Your application must align with our strategy and have a focus on the most excluded and disadvantaged young people in New Zealand.

Your organisation can only submit one application to the Innovation Fund each round.


Applications that are unlikely to be funded

Applications are unlikely to be funded if they are for one of the following:

  • Research or intervention around specific physical intervention
  • Generation of shortfilms or web series unless supported by ongoing youth development
  • One off events

Ways you can apply

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation is dedicated to improving accessibility and removing barriers to funding. We accept applications in a multitude of ways.

  • Online application forms, available in English and Te Reo Mäori.
  • Downloadable application forms, available in English, easy-read English and Te Reo Mäori. Once completed the application form needs to be emailed to the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation at vodafonenzfoundation@vodafone.com
  • Audio submissions which can be made in English and/or Te Reo Mäori, with a maximum length of 10 minutes. We require audio submissions to be uploaded to YouTube and submitted via our online form or you can email the link along with your proposed project budget to the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation at vodafonenzfoundation@vodafone.com
  • And video submissions which can be made in English, New Zealand Sign Language and Te Reo Mäori, with a maximum length of 10 minutes. Please note the application will only be judged on the content provided and not the production value. We require video submissions to be uploaded to YouTube and submitted via our online form or you can email the link along with your written proposed project budget to the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation at vodafonenzfoundation@vodafone.com

Please note that audio and video submissions must answer the same questions as the downloadable application form and also provide a written proposed project budget to the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation by email at vodafonenzfoundation@vodafone.com You can see these questions here.

Accelerator Programme

You can find information about our Change Accelerator here.