Community fund

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As part of the prize for winning the Gigatown competition Dunedin City was given $500,000 from Chorus to assist organisations in our community to create initiatives that showcase how Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) technologies can contribute to social good of our city.

The fund is available for community innovators exploring the use of UFB technologies aiming to enhance the development, experimentation and implementation of community, learning and workforce opportunities in Dunedin.

The fund is looking to support initiatives that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Gigabit technology projects that are innovative and will add value to the community,  (please note that funding is not available for the general day to day running costs of an organisation).
  • Projects that have measurable impact and demonstrate how emerging technologies are relevant in people’s everyday lives.
  • Initiatives that are of direct benefit to Dunedin City.
  • Project concepts that are easily able to be picked up by other organisations.
  • Projects that can be reasonably expected to be delivered within 12 months.

Chorus have engaged the Digital Community Trust to manage this fund on their behalf.

The GigCity Fund has been structured as a grant, i.e. community groups can apply for funding during any given funding round. You will be asked to provide Legal Status information when you apply for funding i.e. identify that you are associated with or a recognised Charitable Trust, Incorporated Society or State Funded Education Entity.

Applications will be judged by a judging panel. Only one application per organisation will be considered per round.

There will be five rounds of funding, the timing for each round of funding is as follows:


Applications Open Applications Close Notification of Outcome
Round 1 10/10/2015 06/11/2015 January 2016
Round 2 11/03/2016 08/04/2016 June 2016
Round 3 12/08/2016 09/09/2016 November 2016
Round 4 10/03/2017 07/04/2017 June 2017
Round 5 07/07/2017 11/08/2017 October 2017

*Any changes to these timings will be published on social media and the GigCity website. Dates can only be delayed if they are within six months of the original 'Applications Open' date and not bought forward.

A maximum of $20,000 is available per project, although applications for greater amounts may be considered for projects in situations where:

  • A number of organisations have come together to develop a significant collaborative initiative. 
  • OR
  • The project outcomes are likely to offer significant improvements, as determined by the Fund.

Recipients of GigCity Community Funding

Round 1 - November 2015

  • Dunedin’s Gasworks Museum to extend IT education for children - $20,000
  • Malcam Charitable Trust to develop a Mozilla Hive to connect with youth - $22,000
  • St Barnabas Trust to develop an app to manage Meals on Wheels delivery - $20,000
  • Urban Dream Brokerage to revitalise vacant shop fronts - $6,000

Round 2 – May 2016

  • Methodist Mission - Virtual Reality Education programmes for high needs adult and youth learners - $25,576
  • Logan Park High School in collaboration with Frederic Dichtel, Dr Romain Garby and Dr Alice Harang - Te Kaiwhakamaori, an English to Māori translation app to help learn Te Reo Māori - $20,000
  • Otago Polytechnic - Online digital literacy programme in partnership with Dunedin business for the benefit of employees become familiar with digital technology - $20,000
  • New Zealand Python User Group - A series of Minecraft programming workshops to be held during the Kiwi Pycon Conference in Dunedin this September 2016 - $9,020.00

Round 3 – November 2016

  • Malcam Charitable Trust - Hive Dunedin - Learning lab around innovation, digital media & web-making - $20,000.00. 
  • Urban Dream Brokerage - GigCity Community Commissions that encourage artists to utilise data led technology projects that provide dynamic innovative and interactive experiences while simultaneously revitalising urban spaces by utilising vacant urban spaces - $20,000.00. 
  • Halo Project - Development of an effective web based solution that provides real time information to volunteers and is a new, safer, more efficient and cost effective way of monitoring and servicing predator trapping devises within the Halo project area - $20,000.00. 
  • Digital Dunedin Fab Lab - Development and establishment of a 3D Printing and  3D Design course for youth in the Dunedin community that initiates and promotes ongoing presence of learning and sharing. The aim is to develop an advanced course if sufficient interest is created - $20,190.00. 
  • Future Convergance: He Kahinga Pao - Development and creation of an interactive archive of New Zealand Māori music history: it's connection with history, people and places - $25,300.00. 
  • Fortune Theatre - Backstage Pass. Development of a theatrical and technical theatre talent education programme  using two way live streaming to engage and convey the opportunity to observe, question and interact with theatre professionals (actors, directors, technicians, make-up artists, etc) in situ - $20,000.00

Frequently asked Questions

The Fund is available for community innovators exploring the use of ultra-high speed broadband technologies to enhance the development, experimentation and implementation of community, learning and workforce opportunities in Dunedin.

The Fund is seeking to support:

  • Gigabit technology projects that are innovative and will add value to the community,  (please note that funding is not available for the general day to day running costs of an organisation).
  • Projects that have measurable impact and demonstrate how emerging technologies are relevant in people’s everyday lives.
  • Initiatives that are for the direct benefit to the Dunedin City.
  • Project concepts that are easily able to be picked up by other organisations.
  • Projects that can be reasonably expected to be delivered within 12 months.
  • Community organisations that are an incorporated society or incorporated charitable trust
  • State funded education providers

Yes, but the project applied for must be for the direct benefit of the Dunedin community.

A maximum of $20,000 is available per project, although applications for greater amounts may be considered for projects in situations where:

  • A number of organisations have come together to develop a significant collaborative initiative.
  • OR
  • the project outcomes are likely to offer significant improvements, as determined by the Fund.

Only one application per round per organisation will be considered.

Applicants are expected to have secured other funding and support e.g voluntary labour for the project. In exceptional circumstances the Fund may consider full funding.

Applications will be submitted online on the GigCity Community Fund form. Applicants will need to answer all questions and supply the required additional supporting information.

There will be five funding rounds until the end of 2017.

Applications Open Applications Close Notification of Outcome
1: 10 October 2015 6 November 2015 January 2016
2: 11 March 2016 8 April 2016 June 2016
3: 12 August 2016 9 September 2016 November 2016
4: 10 March 2017 7 April 2017 June 2017
5: 7 July 2017 11 August 2017 October 2017

Late applications will not be considered for that round and the organisation will need to re-submit for the next round.

A Judging Panel of community representatives will make the decisions on applications.

Successful applicants will be advised by phone. Written confirmation will be sent confirming terms and conditions and the process for receiving the funds.

You will be informed that your application has been deferred and asked to supply the required additional information within a given timeframe. It is the your responsibility to ensure that the request is completed within the timeframe advised, otherwise the processing of the application will not continue.

Yes, the Fund will not enter into any correspondence about funding decisions.

If you are successful you will be provided with the instructions on the steps that need to be completed for the grant to be lodged into your organisation's bank account.

f you are successful you will be required to complete an accountability form and also be prepared for your project to be showcased as an example of how gigabit infrastructure can achieve social good within the community.