Apply to round 9

Successful applicants for Round 8 funding will be announced in August 2020. Round 9 opened on 5 August 2020 - here are the key documents you'll need to apply.

Key dates for Round 9

  • Deadline for questions to EECA: 4.00pm, Wednesday 26 August 2020
  • Deadline for proposals: 12.00pm, Wednesday 2 September 2020
  • Decision to be announced: December 2020 

Request for proposals [PDF 834KB]

Proposed funding agreement [PDF 431KB]

Response form [DOCX 460KB]

Frequently asked questions [PDF 403KB]

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum of $500,000. Other proposals will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to all New Zealand-based legal entities except Public Service Departments and Statutory Crown Entities such as District Health Boards. Projects must be delivered in New Zealand but can involve overseas-based partners.

What’s the application process?

There are two funding rounds per year. Applicants generally have 4 weeks to submit proposals after the funding round opens. An independent panel of market experts then assesses proposals against the fund objectives and investment focus, the applicant’s ability to deliver and the project’s value for money. The assessment panel makes recommendations to the EECA Board, which makes final decisions. The approval process takes around three months.

When would I receive the co-funding?

EECA works with successful applicants to put contracts in place and share results. Co-funding is paid out when projects reach agreed milestones, which are detailed in your funding agreement. Co-funding cannot be paid retrospectively.

Information to nail your application