Applications are now open for charitable groups and community organisations in need of funding. Organisations from around the country are encouraged to apply, whether operating at a community, regional or national level.

Spark Foundation, the charitable organisation funded by Spark, is looking for new projects to invest in, with the intent of providing long-term social benefit to New Zealand. A total of approximately $1 million is available annually to invest in a range of projects.

Through these investments, Spark Foundation hopes to help community organisations make a meaningful step-change for a better New Zealand. Spark Foundation is looking for opportunities where it can build meaningful partnerships with a small number of mid to long-term projects, to increase the impact of the grant.

Funding will be offered at several levels of investment to a small number of projects that share a vision of unleashing potential through supporting young New Zealanders and a more generous society. Most importantly, Spark Foundation is looking for opportunities that enable significant social change. Organisations are encouraged to apply whose programmes relate to:

• young people

• education

• digital enablement

Spark Foundation Chair Nick Leggett says this is an exciting phase for the charity. “It’s the first time we’ve been in a position to look for new investment opportunities since we set up Spark Foundation in 2011. We’re really interested to hear about initiatives happening all around New Zealand, big and small in scale.”

Applications will be reviewed in early March and a short-list of organisations will be contacted. Spark Foundation will begin talking with candidates once a shortlist is determined.

Interested organisations should refer to the information on http://www.sparknz.co.nz/what-matters/funding/ and complete the expression of interest form by 5pm Friday 23 February.