The Engineering New Zealand Foundation provides support to members in a range of ways. This includes funding projects and initiatives that’ll help drive systemic change in the profession, financially assisting members suffering or providing scholarship opportunities to the next generation of engineers.

Grant Programme

The Grant Programme provides a means and financial support for initiatives that need funding and contribute to our vision of an enduring, healthy, thriving profession.

2023 recipients

In 2023, the Foundation made funding available for five projects. You can read about them here

Am I eligible?

We want to support projects and initiatives that facilitate system-wide change and provide impact at a profession level. We don’t fund projects or initiatives that are technical in nature, and we don’t provide funding to facilitate attending training courses, social events, or living costs.

You also need to be a natural person or non-profit legal entity to receive our funding. We don’t provide funding to companies, academic institutions or public agencies.

How big is the fund?

Each year we make $100,000 of contestable funding available to the Grant Programme. We invite applications for all sizes of projects and initiatives. While we may not be able to fund your entire project or initiative, the funding that is provided should deliver a specific benefit that is measurable.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2023 Grant Programme have now closed.

To make sure we have a good understanding about what you’re trying to do and how funding from the Foundation will help, we will ask you questions about:

  • You – ko wai koe
  • Your project or initiative and why it’s important to you
  • The overall budget and how much money you’re asking the Foundation for
  • Your timeframes
  • Your experience with projects or delivering initiatives, and
  • How you think your mahi aligns with our vision.

We'll also ask for two referees who can speak about your mahi and experience.

How will my application be assessed?

Applications for the first round will be assessed by the Foundation trustees and will be assessed on the extent that the project/initiatives meet the following criteria:

  • It aligns with our vision of a thriving, healthy and/or enduring engineering profession.
  • Benefits and/or advances the engineering profession.
  • It's well defined – in respect of objectives, timeframes, deliverables, budget and how the funds will be spent, and the extent to which the project goals match the scale of funding requested.
  • The application acknowledges the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and reflects those principles in the project.
  • It has the potential to enhance diversity and inclusion within the profession.
  • It raises the profile of engineering in Aotearoa.
  • The applicant has a proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget or will be closely supervised by someone that has this track record.
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 (or sponsored by someone who is), or a non-profit legal entity.

Assessments will be made using the following decision-making principles: fairness, respect, equity, relevance and engagement of the engineering community, and responsible management of funds.

The matrix we'll be using to make decisions

What will I need to do if I am successful?

If you’re successful, we’ll ask a couple of things of you:

  • Within 12 months of receiving your grant, we’ll ask you to participate in a webinar and/or provide us with a short write up of your project or initiative that we can share through our communication channels. We want to know about what you did, the outcomes, and what’s next. This is so we can share your important mahi far and wide and celebrate the good work you are doing.
  • We may ask you to help us chose the next round of grant recipients. This process will be facilitated by a member of the Foundation Board. If this happens, we’ll provide you with all the information and support you need to make good decisions. We think that you know the needs of the profession and we trust you’ll make great choices.


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If you still have questions, get in touch