Snapshot of our community funding
Our support for the Internet in NZ
InternetNZ funding and sponsorship comes from .nz domain name sales. We want to support the growth of the Internet community in Aotearoa. How do we do this? We distribute funds through partner organisations, run contestable grant rounds, collaborate with other funders, and sponsor community initiatives.
Latest funding in review
From 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
supported through partners
granted to projects
to collaborative funding
Investing in partners
Partnering with organisations gives us the chance to support others whose vision and kaupapa aligns with our own.
Our current partners include:
- 20/20 Trust and Digital Futures Aotearoa: Provided with evaluation specialist services support to build and refine the impact assessment of their digital inclusion programmes
- Figure.NZ: Launch of learn.figure.nz and supportive of Pātaka Mauranga
- TUANZ: Supporting engagement of the FLINT network
- New Zealand Work Research Institute: Preparing data collection for the New Zealand contribution to the World Internet Project
- Tohatoha: Commenced their misinformation focus in public libraries
- Research Trust of Victoria University: Co-designing privacy standards for digital interfaces born in Aotearoa, breaking new ground in global data privacy initiatives by embedding Indigenous Data Sovereignty practices and processes.
Our grant rounds have focused on investing in growing the evaluation capability of organisations that are working in digital inclusion. To achieve digital equity, we need to ensure those supporting digitally excluded people and communities have the ability to effectively measure impact.
Here are a few organisations we have supported with both funding and evaluation expertise:
- Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa
- Blind Low Vision NZ
- The Hearing House
- Te Mana o Kupe
- Digital Natives Academy
We see the value in collaborating with other funders who have an interest in advancing digital equity.
We have joined with other funders in supporting the following projects:
- Awhi Matihiko - in partnership with DIAA, NZ Red Cross, and Spark Foundation
- Digital Equity Coalition Aotearoa (DECA) - funded by Spark Foundation, Todd Foundation, and InternetNZ
Part of our role in helping convene the Internet community includes our support of research which contributes to the growing body of knowledge around issues and challenges facing the Internet community of Aotearoa.
We have supported research projects with grants featured in the below blogs:
- The University of Auckland and digital inclusion projects
- Safeguarding children’s data privacy and connecting communities through technology
- Gaming addiction and phishing
- Social Research NZ collaborate with 20/20 Trust on digital inclusion research
Our grants also support hands-on projects which benefit the community, here are some highlights:
Our recent sponsorship activities have been oriented towards providing opportunities for growth, retention and brand awareness for our members.
Some sponsorship highlights:
- WITcon 2020 - a one-day student-led tech conference that brings students and industry together to discuss social and technical topics relating to STEM
- GirlBoss Edge programme - mentoring opportunities and encouraging young women to join the InternetNZ whanau
- Broadband Compare - annual awards to recognise great broadband providers
- Open Refine Training Workshop - introduced good tools and practices to the local community and demonstrated how much we can do with data.