LIANZA COMMUNITY CONTESTABLE FUND
A central contestable fund was created in July 2019 and is administered for the benefit of LIANZA members. Our goal is to provide equitable access to funding and to support LIANZA community initiatives.
FIRST ROUND OF APPLICATIONS CLOSED SEPTEMBER 2019
The first round of applications for the new LIANZA Community Contestable Fund received three applications. The selection panel made up of five LIANZA regional and special interest representatives and two LIANZA Council members assessed each application and made recommendations to LIANZA Council.
We are delighted to announce that $2,000 of funding will be allocated to a research project to assess the readiness of facilitators to lead Dementia Friendly Book Clubs in libraries. This project will be led by Professor Anne Goulding and Dr Jennifer Campbell-Meier at Victoria University of Wellington and the funding will be used to engage a research assistant to assist with literature review, questionnaire design, data analysis and transcriptions. The fund also provided four regional community conference grants in 2019.
WHAT NEXT – SECOND ROUND OF LIANZA COMMUNITY CONTESTABLE FUNDING
- There are still $2000 of funds available in the 2019-20 financial year. A second round of applications are now called for from the LIANZA community.
- All applications need to be sent to your LIANZA regional or special interest community for feedback and prioritisation by March 2, 2020.
- Applications will then be submitted by March 23, 2020 to LIANZA Office for consideration by the LIANZA Community Contestable Fund Panel.
Read more below about who can apply and eligibility criteria and also check out https://www.librariesaotearoa.org.nz/korero-blog/lianza-community-contestable-fund-update
HOW HAS THE FUND BEEN ESTABLISHED?
The LIANZA Community Contestable Fund has been created using a proportion of accumulated LIANZA SIGs and Regions funding as at June 30, 2019. The fund has been established with the transfer of $60,000 into a separate fund account.
From the 2020-21 financial year, the fund will be maintained sustainably by the addition of annual contributions made up of interest on the fund, 5% of LIANZA personal member and student member income (excl GST) and surpluses from budgeted LIANZA Communities.
INTERIM FIRST-YEAR FUND
LIANZA will jump start the fund with an additional amount of up to $6,000 made available in 2019-20. The fund will grow in the second year as additional funds are contributed annually from interest, membership income and community surpluses. This interim year will enable fund criteria and availability to be communicated to members and also allow application and selection processes to be tested and refined.
WHAT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE EACH YEAR?
An annual funding round will enable all LIANZA communities to apply for funds. From the second year of the fund the maximum disbursement annually will be no greater than 70% of the annual contributions (incl interest) added to the fund during the previous income year. This will ensure that funds continue to be available into the future.
If annual contributions are $10,000, then $7,000 would be available for applications in the following financial year, and $3,000 would be added to the fund.
The total available will be reviewed periodically to ensure the fund is providing maximum benefit to members. This fund is also used to provide six LIANZA regional community conference grants in each conference year, starting from the #LIANZA19 conference.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR FUNDS?
All LIANZA regional communities and special interest communities are eligible to apply for the LIANZA Community Contestable Fund. LIANZA communities can opt to seek ideas or initiatives from LIANZA personal and institutional members who are part of their community and prioritise applications submitted for consideration.
The fund is also available to LIANZA communities working in partnership to launch an initiative and to LIANZA communities working in partnership with other GLAM sector organisations who can provide matched funding. The fund cannot be used to fund LIANZA national initiatives.
CAN I APPLY AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
If you have an idea for an initiative that meets the eligibility criteria below, then approach your LIANZA regional community or special interest community and see if they support your idea. You can find contacts for these LIANZA Communities at https://lianza.org.nz/lianza-communities/ or ask LIANZA Office to put you in touch.
WHAT CAN THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
The purpose of the contestable fund is to provide funding support for research, advocacy, community projects and new initiatives.
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The fund will seek to fund initiatives that;
- are innovative and provide opportunities that have the potential to make a difference for New Zealand Aotearoa
- contribute to the LIANZA vision, mission and strategic goals
- demonstrate how the LIANZA community will benefit from the knowledge, information and connections generated
- show how evidence will be generated and evaluated
- demonstrate how partnerships with other groups or people will be used to change or enhance the initiative.
If you have an idea for an initiative that your LIANZA regional or special interest community could bid for, get in touch with them asap.
The contestable fund applications will assessed by a selection panel of at least seven people, made up of representatives from LIANZA regional and special interest communities and LIANZA Council. The panel may decide to not to award funds if they consider that no applications fully meet the criteria.
The successful recipients or LIANZA community representatives will be expected to participate in any LIANZA publicity about the funds received and to share learning with the LIANZA community including submitting a short article for Library Life, a blog piece for Libraries Aotearoa and/or a research article for NZLIM Journal about their experience and learning
2019 APPLICATIONS - ROUND TWO
All applications need to be sent to your LIANZA regional or special interest community for feedback and prioritisation by March 2, 2020. Applications will then be submitted to the LIANZA Community Contestable Fund Panel by March 23, 2020.
You can find contact details for LIANZA regional or special interest communities at: https://lianza.org.nz/lianza-communities/
If you have any questions please contact LIANZA Office firstname.lastname@example.org