A one-off fund to provide financial support for community-based initiatives that build resilience against the harms of disinformation has been established by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua in partnership with InternetNZ, Ipurangi Aotearoa.
The Fund is part of the government’s "whole-of-society" approach to strengthen national capacity to identify and address disinformation. Find more information about the other initiatives here.
The Fund is intended for projects which create impact through two areas:
- Developing domestic expertise and capability: This is for existing and new initiatives to build capability and capacity, and strengthen collaboration for counter-disinformation efforts in Aotearoa, drawing on international best practice where appropriate to our context.
- Supporting education and community outreach: This is for existing and new community-based initiatives to support the development of accurate, audience-appropriate, engaging resource material. This material should help to build critical thinking skills, and digital and media literacy among a broad range of affected New Zealand communities.
Applying for the fund
The Fund will be managed by InternetNZ, Ipurangi Aotearoa. Applications are encouraged from community organisations and groups for initiatives which will:
- ensure public trust and confidence;
- demonstrate transparency and a commitment to human rights, including freedom of expression; and
- make Aotearoa stronger, smarter, and more resilient in the face of disinformation.
To find out how you can apply, visit InternetNZ, Ipurangi Aotearoa.
InternetNZ is a not-for-profit organisation, kaitiaki and advocate for an accessible and safe internet that benefits everyone in Aotearoa.