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InternetNZ Internet Research Community Grant

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Assessment criteria are evenly weighted between the following criteria:

Alignment with Purpose

This criterion relates to the extent to which the project is aligned with the project round purpose and related community goals and objectives.

Applicants are asked to:
• explain how the project matches the InternetNZ purpose for the community grants round.
• identify any engagement within the community relevant to this project and explain how this project can help address community goals and objectives.

Potential Benefit

With this criterion the committee is assessing the outcomes and potential benefit of the projects, including value for money.

Applicants are asked to:
• give an indication of the expected project outcomes and the impact of those outcomes.
• identify any potential benefits to communities, disadvantaged groups or segments of the population (government, business, users, etc).
• identify how and to what extent this is addressing community needs and how those have been clearly identified.
• identify the project’s relationship to any other related projects.
• describe what makes this project different or innovative.
• identify the project’s ongoing commitment and viability, if any.

Likelihood of Success

With this criterion the committee is trying to understand the likelihood of the project being successfully completed, towards delivering the outcomes and benefits intended.

Applicants are asked to:
• show clearly how this project will be implemented.
• outline your approach and management of any ethical considerations.
• provide evidence of the commitment of others, especially involved or affected groups or communities, including any co-funding or in-kind backing from others and what commitment exists.
• where possible, describe the experience of the people applying, i.e. a successful track record of implementing projects of this kind.
• state what qualifications the applicants have that are relevant to the requirements of the project.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Community grants are made by InternetNZ to further the objects of the Society. In doing so, grant recipients are, through their work, helping to advance our charitable purpose.


Our purpose is to help New Zealanders harness the power of the Internet. Our vision is keeping the Internet open, secure and for all New Zealanders. 

To advance our vision, the main work we do is:
• we provide analysis and commentary on a wide range of Internet Issues, to foster public understanding and maximise the benefits the Internet can offer.
• we provide a range of ways for community engagement to happen, including through the annual NetHui.
• we manage a community funding programme which offers grants and funds Strategic Partners to help advance our Objects.
• we provide Internet infrastructure such as the .nz country code top level domain and a range of associated services.

In all the work we do, we are guided by the Objects set out in our Constitution. These Objects and particularly the focus on protecting the open Internet are the foundation of all we do. The following extract from the Constitution sets out what the Objects are:
• to promote the competitive provision of Internet access, services and facilities in an open and uncaptureable environment.
• to develop, maintain, evolve, and disseminate standards for the Internet and its inter-networking technologies and applications.
• to develop, maintain, evolve and disseminate effective administrative processes for the operation of the Internet in New Zealand.
• to promote and conduct education and research related to the Internet and inter-networking.
• to coordinate activities at a national level pertaining to good management of centralised systems and resources which facilitate the development of the Internet, including but not limited to the Domain Name System.
• to collect and disseminate information related to the Internet and inter-networking, including histories and archives.
• to develop and maintain formal and informal relationships with the international Internet community, including the Internet Society.
• to represent the common interests of the wider New Zealand Internet community both nationally and internationally.
• to promote widely and generally available access to the Internet.
• to liaise with other organisations, New Zealand Government authorities, and the general public for coordination, collaboration, and education in effecting the above objects.

Projects funded

• explain how the project matches the InternetNZ purpose for the community grants round.
• identify any engagement within the community relevant to this project and explain how this project can help address community goals and objectives.

Activities funded

Research projects focused on internet topics and issues.

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

No limit.

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

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How to apply

During the first months of 2020, we had a grant round open for projects - practical and research based. Applications for this grant closed on Thursday 30 January 2020. 

We’re in the process of making changes to our grant funding to better support our 2019/20 organisational strategy and goals. There are no open rounds at the moment, but to keep up with latest updates about our grant funding changes subscribe to our monthly newsletter dotNews.

Decision makers

Grants committee.

Decision time

Projects Community Grants Round decisions are made on a contestable basis, with many applications being compared against each other. The process that applications go through involves InternetNZ staff providing information about each application to the InternetNZ Council’s Grants Committee, or an Assessment Committee they convene for Grant Round. That Committee carries out the assessment and the Grants Committee makes recommendations to the InternetNZ Council for final decision making. In order to be considered for funding, applications must have an alignment to the objects of InternetNZ including “to maintain and extend the availability of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications in New Zealand, both as an end in itself and as means of enabling organisations, professionals and individuals to more effectively collaborate, cooperate, communicate and innovate in their respective fields of interest".

How notified

Applicants who are successful will be contacted and advised that their project is eligible for funding.

Applicants who are not successful will be advised that their project is “potentially fundable but there are insufficient funds available”. Their applications may be resubmitted in future community project funding rounds.

How paid

Direct credit.


Gertrud Kikajon
Community Funding Coordinator
PO Box 11-881
Manners Street
Wellington 6142
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 495 2333