The first community grants rounds of 2016 are open!

Nicole Skews-PooleBlog post from Nicole Skews-Poole, Community Programme Liaison at InternetNZ
6 July 2016 

Until midnight 28 August, we are taking applications for 'conference attendance' and 'community projects' grants, worth $15,000 and $100,000 respectively.

The conference attendance round is designed to help members of the New Zealand Internet community attend conferences both here and overseas. These grants are intended to assist people to help shape the future of the Internet, and gain experience which helps benefit the Internet and Internet community in New Zealand.

In the past we've funded applicants to attend:

  • The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTP) Conference in Denver, U.S.
  • Ngā Puru Pura, Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki, New Zealand
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pervasive Computing and Communications Conference (IEEE PerCom) in Sydney, Australia.
  • Submarine Telecoms Forum (SubObtic) in Dubai, U.A.E.

The community projects round is for financial support of community-lead projects in New Zealand which will extend the availability, use and benefit of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications. This includes projects which support more widely available access to the Internet, and projects which deliver greater and/or better use of the Internet.

In the past we've funded projects like:

  • The National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges for The Refuge Online Project, an accessible online presence which encourages clients to seek help online as a first port of call
  • Venture Southland for a digital connections liaison and support for local rural and urban users (both private and commercial) to make better use of internet connections
  • Matihetihe Marae Trust for Mitimiti on the Grid 2, helping to generate a self-sustainable global community from Mitimiti following on from a full telecommunications infrastructure update in a small, isolated marae in the Far North in March 2015
  • Wicked Networks to provide access to Internet through free WiFi, CodeClub, Minecraft Club and robotics workshops for adolescents and adults and a Video Factory to enable the community to tell their new and existing stories

For more information on past conference attendance and community projects funding recipients, click here.

If you're interested in applying, or want to find out if your application is a good fit for InternetNZ, the best place to start is to read the purpose and guidelines for the conference attendance round and the community projects round.


After the rounds close on 28 August, the conference attendance results will be announced in late September, and for the community projects we will advise applicants in late September whether they are progressing to stage two (of two), with final decisions by late November.

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact me at or on 04 495 2336.

Best of luck in applying!