Since 2002 the Vodafone Foundation has provided over $25 million to innovative projects that support youth focused community projects in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our new strategy commits $20 million over the next 10 years.

Our focus

Our new funding streams will aim to generate impacts in five key areas. We want to create better outcomes for:

  • Young people who have interacted with the justice system
  • For young people who have been a part of Oranga Tamariki
  • And for those young people who have been long term beneficiaries,
  • We want to create better outcomes for our Rangatahi Mäori
  • & we want to ensure all young people are able to access meaningful learning

That doesn’t necessarily mean focusing on programmes working directly with those young people, but on the systems, environments, contexts and ecosystems that wrap around and contain their lives.

We’ll be doing this through five key areas of impact: innovation, collaboration, disruption, iteration and by leveraging the power of Vodafone.

In addition to funding, we also provide wrap-around support. This includes, but is not limited to:

Capacity Building is a key part of our programmes. Our community partners have opportunities to work with those in the Vodafone business to ensure access to the resources and knowledge that will improve their personal and professional development skills and strengthen their work.

Networking at our annual hui gives new and existing alumni and partner organisations the opportunity to reflect, grow and learn together.

Access to business connects alumni and partner organisations to valuable fundraising and skilled volunteering opportunities within Vodafone.

Please note that we are only able to fund registered charitable trusts.

Current Grant Programmes

We currently only have one contestable funding opportunity available to apply for, our Innovation Fund (our Change Accelerator programme has been put on hold for this year).

Former Grantmaking Programme

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Grants Programme was established in 2002 and initially supported refugee and migrant young women, youth offenders and at risk youth. Over the years the focus changed to supporting New Zealand youth charities working with disadvantaged young people aged 12-24 years.

Our past grant programmes have included:

The World of Difference Programme

From 2005-2017 we ran the World of Difference programme. Each year we selected between 4 and 10 astounding individuals to work with a local charity, developing initiatives that support young people. These World of Difference recipients each received $100,000 towards their salary, personal and leadership development, as well as project costs for one year.

World of Difference Fellowship

The World of Difference Fellowship supported up to two Fellows each year receive $90,000 towards salary and associated costs so they could dedicate twelve months to focusing on solutions to issues affecting vulnerable young people. During this time, they learnt to influence change in the youth sector as well as increase their leadership ability.

Extension Partnership Programme

Our Extension Partnership Programme offered recipient organisations a three-year funding investment to build on their achievements through the World of Difference and World of Difference Fellowship programmes. Our final Extension grants will be made in September 2017.

Other former grant programmes:
  • Technology Development Grant Our Technology Development Grants used an innovation pipeline approach to find, support and wrap around technology innovations that support better outcomes for our young people.
  • The Canterbury Fund, we provided more than $2 million in earthquake recovery funding for youth programmes in Christchurch
  • Alumni Grants, providing long-term funding for collaborative work between our community partners
  • Small Grants programme offering grants of $5-$50,000 to community partners and youth development organisations making a significant impact