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How to apply, timelines and reporting

The Digital Government Partnership (DGP) Innovation Fund application process and key dates.

The funding round for 2021/22 is now open.

Apply by 26 October 2021.

  1. 1

    Concept development

    Identify a problem or opportunity and develop a concept for an early stage cross-agency pilot or prototype using the lean canvas — the DGP Innovation Fund lean canvas.

  2. 2

    Digital Public Service (DPS) branch engagement

    Contact the Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund team early for feedback and support with your application.

    Email: innovationfund@dia.govt.nz

  3. 3

    Submit lean canvas

    Submit your lean canvas by midnight 26 October 2021 — the DGP Innovation Fund application form

  4. 4

    Shortlisting of projects and initial feedback

    Applications will be shortlisted in early November and initial feedback provided.

    Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to develop a comprehensive application and a project pitch.

  5. 5

    The pitch

    Shortlisted candidates will present their concept to a cross-agency panel of officials in late November.

  6. 6

    Successful applicants notified 

    Successful applicants will be notified in December, with the funds released to allow initiatives to commence.

  7. 7

    Innovation and reporting

    Agencies start innovation activity and report strategic lessons learnt and progress updates to the Digital Public Service (DPS) branch and Digital Government Leadership Group (DGLG) as requested.

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