Applications are closed

Successful applicants for Round 8 funding were announced in August 2020. Round 9 has now closed, and will be announced late 2020.  

Round 10 will open early 2021. Application documents for Round 9 are below, as examples of what we'll look for in round 10.

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