2019 Contestable Fund Grants Announced

We're excited to announce the successful applicants to this year’s round of the Contestable Fund Grants 2019. Congratulations to the 13 recipients.

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is excited to announce the successful applicants in this year’s round of the Contestable Fund Grants. Introduced in 2014, the fund was established to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing growth and development, including within education.

There were a total of 41 applications received with funding contributions made towards the following 13 projects:

  • DEE Publications $5,000
    Language support books for new migrant students at intermediate and secondary school levels
  • Publishers Association of New Zealand $9,000
    Funding towards an exhibition for Painted Stories - taking NZ illustrators to the world
  • Kiwa Digital $10,000
    Development of bilingual interactive app stories on Atua wāhine (female gods)
  • Auckland University Press $6,000
    Towards a new Māori books website - Kōtahi Rau Pukapuka
  • Little Island Press Limited $12,500
    Towards a pacific cultural support programme in 2020
  • Wildling Books $2,000
    Towards their new children's book How Are You Feeling?, assisting children with learning about their emotions
  • Peter Alsop $6,500
    Funding towards writing a History of the New Zealand Railways Department
  • Going West Books and Writers' Festival Trust $5,000
    Funding towards the 25th anniversary of the literary festival
  • Flying Start Books $10,000
    Funding towards te reo language books for early learners
  • Code Education $10,000
    Towards creating video support material for teachers working with literacy programmes
  • Wendy Pye Publishing $5,000
    Funding towards a series of reader books for young children linking to STEAM subjects
  • The Coalition for Books $4,000
    The development of a digital communications strategy for the book industry collaboration
  • Counter Journal $3,000
    Towards new writer's voices in a Wellington based journal.

The selection panel commented that they were impressed with the diversity of the applicants in future years and encourage more applications from diverse groups who represent our many community's talents and voices. The audiences for this year's funded projects range from early childhood to adult new migrants, speakers of te reo Māori and Pasifika languages, illustratorsat the world's largest children's book fair, attendees at West Auckland's celebration of New Zealand writing, Going West, to readers of Wellington's newest writing journal, and to advocates for a book culture that continues to renew, excite, and flourish.

Special thanks to our Selection Panel of Anne de Latour, Robert Sullivan and Vanda Symon.

Applications for the next round will be called for in mid-2020.

The Contestable Fund is part of CLNZ’s Cultural Fund, which derives revenue from CLNZ’s licensing activity in New Zealand. Other grants and awards made from this fund include the CLNZ/NZSA Writers Award, NZSA/CLNZ Research Grants and tertiary scholarships for creative writing students. Revenue generated through the licensed copying of copyright material is helping to fund the creation of new work.

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