NEXT Foundation ran two Expression of Interest open application processes in 2014 and 2015, but we will not be scheduling any further EOI processes. We will consider funding environmental and educational initiatives that are within our areas of investment focus - in Environment, A predator-free New Zealand, Freshwater, and Environmental Education; and in Education, The first 1,000 days, Educational Leadership and Teacher Excellence.

To be considered for investment, projects should have the potential to be catalysts for system change in the space they act in, have inspirational leadership, and be business-like In the way they operate.

CEO Bill Kermode says “We will not be running any further rounds of public submissions,” he said. “But we will still consider initiatives that meet our points of reference on a case by case basis.”

The initial application form that was used in the EOI processes is below, to give an indication of the first questions we will ask in any approach for funding.

NEXT Foundation is celebrating four years since its launch in 2014 – and now supports sixteen environmental and education initiatives.

Thirteen of those investments have been made since the foundation’s inception – and three are continuing support for projects started before NEXT’s launch. “The projects we are supporting are all transformational initiatives that we believe can be catalysts for system change within New Zealand” NEXT CEO Bill Kermode said. “We are impressed with their innovation and leadership, and the bold vision they each have for change in their space.”

Mr Kermode said each investment is for multiple years, and NEXT supported all organisations both financially and non-financially. The Foundation scheduled two EOI application processes in 2014 and 2015, and whilst it will still consider some new investments it will not be scheduling any more public submissions.

Mr Kermode said for NEXT to consider funding an environmental or educational initiative it would have to meet the tight investment focus criteria NEXT had developed in those two areas.

“With this resource allocation in mind NEXT has decided to not schedule any further application (EOI) processes – and rather continue our focus on supporting the positive impact these existing projects can have – to ensure they are sustainable, robust, and transformational. We may still proactively seek out new investments.” 

Expression of Interest Form