Deadline: 3 July 2020
The Working Together More Fund is seeking applications to support collaborations and mergers that bring long-term benefits to non-profit organisations and the communities they serve.
The Working Together More Fund funds New Zealand community organisations to work together in order to make a greater difference for the people and communities they serve.
In Considering applications, they are looking for indications of a commitment to high quality collaboration. Some examples of healthy best- practice collaboration might include:
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- Agreeing an overarching core ‘problem’ or challenge to resolve – and in doing so, agreeing a shared understanding of the benefits this will likely bring participants and the community.
- When compared to ‘going it alone’, the collaboration will result in long-term, sustainable outcomes benefiting the community, service recipients and participating organisations.
- An increase in the scope of services offered and/or significantly reduced ’waste’ or duplication.
- A shared understanding or MoU involving all participants ensuring the process and end goals (or outcomes) are agreed and clearly understood by all participants.
- A commitment and passion from stakeholders for:
- Each other
- The newly developing ‘group identity’
- Inclusive, respectful relationships, with both service providers and recipients involved where possible
- A planned, authentic process with:
- A clear vision or common agenda
- A focus on the integrity of the initiative and delivery to those it will serve
- Clear decision-making processes
- A commitment to excellent communications
- Clearly agreed roles of all stakeholders and how they will be engaged
- A realistic but flexible timeline
- Mutual accountability
- Sharing of resources, ideas, intellectual property, expertise and so on
- For organisations merging:
- They will become more effective and efficient, and will work collaboratively to make the merger happen
- Successful mergers will see the creation of a new organisation where collaboration becomes the ‘new normal’ in daily operations.
Grants generally range between $1,000 and $30,000.
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To be eligible, applications need to meet the following criteria:
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- The lead applicant must be a non-profit legal entity registered with the Charities Service or as an Incorporated Society.
- At least one other non-profit partner organisation or group is, or will be, involved in the initiative.
- Participants are able to demonstrate how they will accomplish high-quality.
- The collaborative initiative or merger will result in identifiable benefits to participating organisations or groups and the communities they serve.
- Grants will not be approved for political organisations, groups involved in promoting religion, overseas-based groups, initiatives delivered to overseas communities, or for overseas travel.
- WTMF will not support events or conferences – unless their focus is ongoing collaboration and a strong likelihood exists that a significant increase in ongoing collaboration will result.
- Your initiative needs to reflect best practice collaboration as outlined above.
For more information, visit https://workingtogether.org.nz/