Social Enterprise
Kick-Start Grants

Give your social enterprise idea the kick-start it needs to come to life
with one of two ten-thousand dollar grants!

Ākina are proud to have joined forces with our two Rotary partners for the fourth year running. Together, we’re offering two seed-funding grants to emerging social enterprises in the North Island.

There are a total of two grants available at $10,000 each thanks to the Rotary Club of Newmarket and the Rotary Club of Wellington. Both Rotary Clubs also offer access to a wide-ranging network of business leaders who may be able to offer mentorship or specific coaching. They’ve brought Ākina on board to help find the best new social enterprise ideas and to assess grant applications.

Make sure you read the information below about eligibility and how to apply.

Applications closed at midnight on Sunday September 1st, 2019.

Update: The finalists and winners of the 2019 Rotary Awards Scheme were announced in October 2019.
Find out more.


Info from the Q&A

We held an online Q&A session on Monday 19 August. Don’t worry about missing out – here’s the presentation from the day that includes some extra info you might find helpful.

View the Q&A presentation.


Who can apply? +

Applications are open to all social enterprises, whether new, early-stage, operational or well-established.

There are two kick-start grants available, from Rotary Clubs at opposite ends of the North Island: Rotary Newmarket and Rotary Wellington. The grants need to go to enterprises located in the North Island – though the impact of your social enterprise could be national or even international. Check the requirements below to see if you fit the bill, and be sure to hit the right button when you apply!

For the Rotary Newmarket grant: Social enterprises in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty or the East Cape.

For the Rotary Wellington grant: Social enterprises in the lower North Island: Wellington, Manawatu, Taupo, Taranaki or Hawkes Bay.

Hang on a second, what is a social enterprise?

How do I apply? +

To apply, you’ll need to record a short video (up to three minutes long) introducing yourself and your social enterprise. We want to know:

1. What social or environmental impact you intend to have.

What problem are you addressing? What change do you want to make?

2. How you plan to deliver and sustain your enterprise.

How will you solve this problem? Who will pay you for this? How will this work as a sustainable business?

3. Why you are the team to make this happen.

Who are you? What skills, experiences, and relationships do you have that will help you do this?

4. What difference will this money make to your idea.

What will you use the money for? How will that help you start?

You’ll also need to fill out some basic information about yourself and your enterprise concept via the application form, and include a link to where we can watch your application video online.

Remember, applications close at midnight on Sunday September 1st!


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