You can apply using one of these three methods:

  • The online application form, below
  • This downloadable form (Word doc). Once completed, you email it to us at vodafonenzfoundation@vodafone.com. Use either the English version or the Te Reo Mäori version or the Easy-Read English version.
  • A YouTube video of you introducing yourself and giving your answers to the questions on the form. You send us the link to your video after you’ve uploaded it to YouTube. If you want to use this method, fill out the first part of the form below, and tick the YouTube submission checkbox

Innovation Fund application form

switch to English version

switch to Te Reo Mäori version

You can find yours here if you don’t know it.


Questions to respond to in your video

  • Tënä, whakamäramahia mai tö kaupapa.
  • Whakamärama mai, ka pëhea ngä rangatahi e panäia ana, otirä, ngä rangatahi e noho taumaha ana e whai hua i roto tö kaupapa.
  • Ka pëhea tö kaupapa e whakamahi i te äo hangarau?
  • Ngä tatauranga rangatahi:
    • Tokohia ngä rangatahi ka whai hua i roto i te kaupapa nei?
    • Ka täea hoki tënei tatauranga te whakapiki a ngä rä o äpöpö?
  • Ki öu whakaaro, he aha i matea ai te kaupapa, otirä, he aha i whai take ai te kaupapa i tënei wä?
  • He aha te take e hiahia nei koe/koutou ki te mahi tahi ki te Vodafone New Zealand Foundation?
  • Whakamäramahia mai ngä ähuatanga ki te taha pütea:
    • He aha nui o te pütea e ea ai te kaupapa?
    • Ka pëhea te pütea nei e whakamahia?
    • Ka pëhea te roa kia whai hua ai, otirä, kia ea ngä mahi?
  • Whakamäramahia mai te toimata whänui mö tö kaupapa.
  • Whakamärama mai, kö wai ngä kaimahi o te kaupapa nei. He aha hoki ö rätou pükenga.
  • Whakamäramahia ka pëhea koe/koutou e whakawhanake i te kaupapa nei kia hora whänui ngä hua?
  • Kua pëhea to whakauru i te rangatahi me ö rätou whakaaro hei whakawhanake i te kaupapa nei?
  • Körerohia te kaupapa nei:
    • He aha ngä hua kua puta kë?
    • He aha ngä paheketanga kua pä mai?
    • He aha ngä akoranga kua puta?
  • Inä ka riro i a koe/koutou te pütea nei, he aha ngä taero e kaupare ana i te angitü o te kaupapa.
  • Please describe your project, idea or programme.
  • Tell us how your project, idea or programme will affect excluded or disadvantaged youth.
  • How will your project, idea or programme utilise technology?
  • How many young people will your project, idea or programme affect, and is there any potential for scale in the future?
  • Why do you think that your project, idea or programme is currently needed?
  • Why do you want to partner with the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation?
  • Tell us some details about your budget, funding category and anticipated timeframes.
  • Tell us your big vision for your idea, project or programme.
  • Tell us about the team who are doing the work.
  • Describe how you will increase the impact of your work.
  • How have you included young people and their thoughts and ideas in the development of your project?
  • What are your current successes, failures and learnings?
  • What are the potential barriers to success if you were to receive funding?

Here are some quick guidelines for video quality

  • Avoid a shakey phone camera, by using a tripod, or prop up your camera or phone using a shelf or something in your house.
  • Videos from your phone, or webcam videos from your desktop computer or laptop are fine. You’ll need to be able to upload it to YouTube.
  • Natural light helps, but not bright, direct sunlight.
  • You can upload your video to YouTube at original (full) quality, and allow YouTube to compress it.
  • Sound should be as nice and clear as possible. Find a nice quiet room. Avoid making it outside where there is wind, or anywhere there is ambient noise.
  • We aren’t looking for slick editing or post-production effects, just a straight recording of you speaking to the camera.

Good luck!


  • Nama Rätonga Kaupapa Atawhai – Charities Number
  • mörahi kupu – upper word limit
  • panäia - excluded
  • noho taumaha ana - disadvantaged
  • hangarau - technology
  • matea - needed
  • toimata - vision
  • paheketanga - failures
  • angitü - success