Online advocacy group InternetNZ is funding initiatives to advance the New Zealand internet, in a new round of community project grants that could be worth up to $20,000 for successful applicants.
The one off Community Investment Funding Round opened yesterday, with the non-profit organisation taking applications until 15 February 2013.
InternetNZ says the successful projects will produce research or activities promoting New Zealanders' access to the internet, technical development of the web, and internet education. All objectives in organisation’s constitution.
Following the February cut off, the applicants will be asked for more in depth information on their projects, which will be presented to InternetNZ’s funding committee. Each successful project receives a grant of up to $20,000, the money coming from InternetNZ's subsidiary .nz domain name registry business.
InternetNZ spokesperson Campbell Gardiner says there isn’t a specific number of applications being sought, instead the focus is on funding a variety of projects.
“At the moment what we want is as many projects to apply as possible,” says Gardiner.
This is the fourth dedicated funding round conducted by the non-profit organisation, with previous grants given for research into whitespace radio technology, teleconferencing equipment for Christchurch schools, and research into the jurisdictional limits of New Zealand privacy laws, among others.
A full list of projects funded by InternetNZ can be found here.
15 February: Applications due
25 February: Shortlist finalised, detailed proposals requested
18 March: Detailed proposals due
1 April: Final decisions made public