Community Innovation 

Transforming ideas into impact in South Auckland 

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A fund for innovation to improve lives and opportunities in South Auckland communities, now and for future generations. 

What we're looking for

We’re looking for grassroots innovators, social entrepreneurs, designers, and tech enthusiasts with creative ideas and approaches that will improve lives and opportunities in their community in South Auckland. 

We also accept proposals from organisations, institutions and companies who are working in partnership with South Auckland communities.

You might be working in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Manurewa and/or Papakura; we'll also consider applications from Franklin down to our southern boundary where there is a strong need. 

The process

This a pilot by Foundation North and a small number of proposals will be chosen to go to application stage. 


1

Short proposal

Submit a short proposal by Wednesday 31st July 2019

2

Support to apply

If your proposal is chosen, we’ll work with you to apply. We'll let you know by 31st August if you've been chosen. If you're not invited to apply we may recommend other support to grow your idea

3

Panel decision

Your full application will be considered by a panel

4

Get funded

We’ll draw up a funding agreement with you

What you can apply for

We’re asking for short proposals about your innovation idea or process. We want to hear how you’re inspired to do things differently. Grants can be between $10,000 and $200,000. Your proposal can:  


  • Be for a local project or with more than one South Auckland community  
  • Ask for funding towards project costs, team members’ time, or backfilling core staff 
  • Be for one or several stages of innovation shown below:

Discover

Discover new ideas, build partnerships, generate collective understanding of an issue. 

Test

Action to test innovative ideas with people. Try, learn and adapt a small version of your idea. 

Grow

Funding to grow innovations that have demonstrated potential through testing

Criteria

Your impact  

If successful, it will have positive impact in South Auckland communities that are experiencing inequality. We'll also look for positive ‘ripple effects’ for future generations and across the community.

Your innovation 

It really does things differently in South Auckland, and will inspire others to do things differently. It builds on local strengths and talents and involves the community. 

Your team

A team with a balance of skills and a ‘learn by doing’ approach. Your team has a good, realistic plan for what you need to do to discover, test and/or grow your innovation. 

How to apply

Read all of the infomation carefully including the Frequently Asked Questions then complete the short proposal form. 

Submit a proposal

What happens next? 

After you submit your short proposal: 

We’ll let you know by 31 August 2019 if your project has been chosen to go to the application stage.  

We might call or come to visit you to learn more. We could invite you to participate in a workshop to work on your application. 

Unsure about something?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, use our contact form or email us at innovation@foundationnorth.org.nz 

Contribute your thoughts

If you don’t have a proposal but you’d like to tell us what is important about your community, how we can support more innovation in South Auckland, or simply feedback on this fund let us know here.  

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Criteria

Eligibility

The proposed activity:  

  • is aligned to our purpose of creating more thriving, equitable and sustainable communities now and in the future;  
  • has a public benefit. That means it will lead to measurable good for the public and private benefit, such as profit, is incidental;  
  • benefits people living in South Auckland that experience some form of inequality.  
  • If you are applying from a government body you have a partnership.  

Selection Criteria

We're looking for teams and solutions with the following characteristics: 

Community

  • You define your community. We look for ideas that works with the assets and strengths of the community and seeks their involvement in the innovation process such as co-design or testing prototypes. We’re excited to hear about innovation that is inspired by the unique culture and communities of South Auckland.  

Innovation

  • Ideas that would transform how we do things now. They are substantively different from current practice and could have significant ripple effects, inspiring others to adopt or change how they do things. We look for innovation that is strongly informed by knowledge of the community, the topic area or traditional knowledge.

Implementation

  • We’ll look for plans that are thoughtful and realistic. That means that the team have the capacity to execute the work effectively or they have a plan to meet the needed capacity. That the plans include careful consideration about the stage of the innovation, the level of investment needed to test and learn and how to make progress.

Team

  • A motivated team with a strong kaupapa, balance of skills and commitment to learning through action. If you are a lone innovator or entrepreneur you have a strong support network and that you can bring others with you on the journey.  

Impact

  • If successful, it would make a significant, measurable difference to thriving, sustainable and more equitable communities in South Auckland, now and in the future. We'd like you to tell us what's important to make your community thrive and become more sustainable and equitable.

We're particularly interested in supporting new ways to enhance equity across our communities, now and in the future. 

That might include action that results in:  

  • More equitable opportunities and access to resources,  
  • Greater trust, connection and understanding between communities,  
  • Enhanced confidence and self-determination,  
  • Reduced discrimination or exclusion.  

The Community Innovation fund

About the fund

Find out all you need to know about the South Auckland community innovation fund


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The fund

About

We’re calling for initial proposals for grants between $10,000 and $200,000.

This fund supports innovative action that improves lives and enhances opportunities for the people of South Auckland now, and for future generations. We are prototyping a new way to support innovation. To trial this, we are opening a first round for expressions of interest in June. After this round we'll the review our approach and expect to open again late in 2019. It might look different then. Interested in keeping up to date? Sign up for information here.  

What do we mean by innovation?

Innovation is a core part of Foundation North strategy. We believe that creative ideas for how to do things differently, powered by the energy and commitment in community, can lead to great outcomes. We're here to support the hard, sometimes unpredictable journey of bringing new ideas to life.  

Innovations could be new programs, new applications of technology, community or cooperative enterprise, peer-led responses, systems initiatives such as movement building, or collaborative systems change projects.

South Auckland

We are looking to fund innovation that enhances the lives of people living in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Papakura.

 We'll also consider applications from Franklin down to our southern boundary where there is a strong need. You can have a project that is very local or across South Auckland communities.  

Who can apply?

We're open to submissions from social entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, tech enthusiasts, individuals, groups and organisations from, or working in, South Auckland. 

Applications may come from social enterprises, charitable trusts or companies or individuals. If you’re an individual or an organisation that doesn’t have charitable status, and we invite you to apply, there will be additional conditions. We’ll discuss this with you when we invite you to apply.  

Stages of innovation

Proposals can focus on one or multiple stages. You can apply at any stage. If you apply for multiple stages, each stage of funding may be dependent on reaching milestones we agree with you. 

01

Generate ideas

Where do good ideas come from? Great ideas come from gaining a better understanding of the situation and the potential. 

That might include:  

  • research to explore the dreams, needs or circumstances of a group of people to gain new insights about where innovation could occur,  
  • stepping away from everyday busyness to be inspired by other people,  
  • taking time to build new relationships with new partners,  
  • the collision of an unlikely combination of people, expertise and ideas.  

We will support good plans for exploring and discovering new ideas. We will consider your purpose and planned outcomes for your exploration. We'll also consider your teams skills and expertise and your implementation plan. There may be a few ideas that emerge with potential rather than one single idea.  

02

Prototype

Once you have a great idea or ideas, based on a strong understand of the issue or need, you will test them. 

A prototype is a small test of a new concept. It brings an idea to life. It's something tangible for people to see, touch and understand. Through prototyping you can test a concept or elements of the concept with the people that matter before embarking on creating the full service or enterprise. The learning informs your next steps whether that’s to stop, make small improvements or to change direction.  

We will want to hear about your plans about what you will test, how and with who. We'll also want to hear about the results of your prototypes.  

03

Grow

One you have tested your innovation you should have evidence of its potential. 

This could be the number of people participating in your innovation, partners on board and early signs of impact. Your innovation is gaining momentum and you plan to grow or spread the innovation. This growth stage of funding is best suited to your initiative.  

If your organisation or innovation needs more than $200,000 from Foundation North, we still want to hear from you. However, we are likely to direct you to Community Funding.  

We want to hear about the results of your prototyping and your plan for growing and spreading your innovation. We will want to hear about partnership and other funders that have joined you on the journey.  

Innovation

What do we mean by innovation?

Innovation is a process fueled by a strong will for change, discipline and creativity. It requires letting go of what is no longer useful and experimenting your way forward. It is difficult and vulnerable work. We will support new approaches that transform how we do things now. They might not be 'shiny' ideas but we expect them to be a leap forward from current practice.  

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Process

How the fund works

1

Call out We've put the call out. This is open from 5th June to 31st July.  

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Submit a short proposal You submit a short proposal to us via this site before 31st July. See a copy here. 

3

Initial review We'll review all the submissions as they come in. We might call or come to visit you to learn more.  

4

Invite If we feel there's good potential and alignment we'll invite you to apply for funding, or we'll invite you to work with us to develop the proposal further. If your submission is not selected to apply we’ll let you know within 4-weeks.  

5

Apply We’ll ask you for a more detailed plan for your innovation.

6

Funding decision Once we receive your application our panel will review the full application. We'll let you know about the decision of our panel.

Working together

Before funding 

If we see potential with your team and your proposal but it’s not quite ready for funding we may invite you to work with us to develop your proposal. This could include invites to innovation workshops or to work with advisors to develop your plan. You may still be invited to apply once the proposal has developed.  

After funding 

We’ll create a grant agreement with you based on your proposal. We'll discuss your plans, timelines, and use of funds. We know that things often don't go as planned so we aim to be flexible and discuss how things are going during the term. We hope to build a relationship that is supportive when you want us to be, without being in your way. We want you to be able to focus on what you do best. 

How to submit an initial proposal 

1

Review Review our information about the fund and selection information (links or summary) Our section about innovation 

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Have questions? You submit a short proposal to us via this site before 31st July. See a copy here. 

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Submit your initial proposal

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1) About your project


Is our idea or project eligible? 

Your proposal must:

  • contribute to thriving communities now and in the future; 
  • have a charitable purpose with public benefit; 
  • benefit people living in South Auckland that experience some form of inequality.  

If you are applying from a government body, you can demonstrate you have a partnership with community.  


What areas are included in South Auckland? 

We are looking to fund innovation that enhances the lives of people living in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Papakura; we'll also consider applications from Franklin down to our southern boundary where there is a strong need. You can have a project that is very local or across South Auckland communities. 


What can we apply for?

We’ll consider different stages of innovation. You can apply for one of more stage, including: 

  • Discover: to build understanding and generate ideas 
  • Test: prototype your ideas 
  • Grow: to grow ideas that show promise 

We’ll also consider activities to support learning about innovation or hiring innovation capacity into an organisation. Your application can be for a local project or with more than one South Auckland community. You can ask for funding towards project costs, team members’ time, or backfilling core staff. You can ask fro between $10,000 and $200,000. We will consider how well thought out your plan and the scale of your ambition.


Does my project have to have a focus on cultural or ethnic issues?

No. But your proposal will need to show how your project will have a positive impact in South Auckland communities that are experiencing inequality, with positive ‘ripple effects’ for future generations. 


Does my project need to have a focus on inequality? 

We will need to see how your project will have a positive impact in South Auckland communities that are experiencing inequality, with positive ‘ripple effects’ for future generations. We're particularly interested in supporting work that enhances equity across our communities. That might include action that results in: 

  • More equitable opportunities and access to resources, 
  • Greater trust, connection and understanding between communities, 
  • Enhanced confidence and self-determination,
  • Reduced discrimination or exclusion. 

2) About you


Can we apply if we already have a Foundation North grant?  

Yes. If you have received a grant from Foundation North this year, or you have a submitted grant application, you can also apply to this fund for a different project.  


What if I’m applying as an institution? 

We can accept proposals from central or local government institutions. However, will look for genuine partnership with the community. This means a joint application with a community organisation or team, shared decision-making and shared resources. We’ll also look for ideas and activities that are substantively different from the usual role or activity of government.  


What if I'm an individual or we don’t belong to an organisation?  

We can accept proposals from individuals and unincorporated groups. Individuals must show that they have a strong support network who will be involved in the project. If your proposal shows potential, we will talk to you about conditions to the grant to ensure that the money will be managed well and spent on activities that are charitable. 


3) About the fund


How big is the fund and how many projects will be funded?

This is a pilot for Foundation North so the fund is not as big as the some of the other special funds we've created in the past. We expect to select a few organisations to progress to application stage. We will review the pilot and share our findings and then open another round. 


How is this different from other grants?

The purpose is to support innovations that are quite different from what people are doing now and that use local strengths to contribute to thriving, sustainable and equitable communities in South Auckland. We are asking for short proposals so that people can tell us their ideas without having to fill in a full application form. We will then work with a small number of teams with projects that have strong potential and fit with our criteria and purpose, and then we will work with those teams to apply to this fund for a grant.  


Why is this a pilot?

This fund has come out of Foundation North’s 15-year strategy. South Auckland communities are one of our strategic priorities. We are doing this as a pilot so that we can find out how we can make this work best for South Auckland. We will review the pilot and share our findings, and the next round could look very different depending on what we learn. 


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