Innovation is one of the key pillars of Foundation 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 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.

Our first call for applications will begin on the 1st of June 2017 and we hope to see our World of Difference Alumni and new community partners in the mix.

Our 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.  We expect to open applications for the accelerator programme in early August 2017 and information will be available here in early July 2017.

Innovation Fund

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 key 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. We also have three grant rounds per year, in February, June and October. 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 your endeavour.

The majority of successful applications will be those that use technology to implement or disseminate their project.

You can find more information about the seed, pilot and scale funding options and the ways which you can apply below. Applications for the Innovation Fund close at 5pm on Friday the 14th of July 2017.

 

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.


Application timeline

1st June Applications open

14th July Applications close

20th July Application shortlisting

24th – 28th July Phone interviews for shortlisted applicants

21st August Allocation panel meeting

30th August 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.

Application for the Innovation Fund must be submitted before 5pm on Friday the 14th of July 2017 to be considered.

 

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.

Please note that audio and video submissions must answer the same questions as the Online and Downloadable application forms.

 

Accelerator Programme

Opening early August 2017