Special Round of Contestable Fund Grants 2020

Applications are now CLOSED for this Special Round of Contestable Fund Grants, with $120,000 available.

Copyright Licensing New Zealand ran a Special Round of its Contestable Fund Grants in April 2020 to support short-term projects that have arisen or been developed to respond to the changed environment in the New Zealand writing and publishing sector during COVID-19. The annual Contestable Fund process supports a very wide range of projects, and this Special Round will do the same.

Applications were invited for projects that had clearly defined and measurable project outcomes, including projects that:

  • Respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by the pandemic
  • Develop the professional skills of writers, including those who write for an education audience
  • Seek to grow export markets for New Zealand published content
  • Demonstrate innovation in the creation and distribution of New Zealand published content
  • Use online platforms to enhance the profile of New Zealand publishing and/or published content, including to international/export markets
  • Are able to be completed by 30 September 2020
Application Wednesday 15 April - Wednesday 29 April 2020
Application Guidelines and Criteria More information here (pdf)
Next Round September 2020
Successful recipients have now been notified and unsuccessful applicants have been emailed. To find out what projects were successful, you can read the media article here. The next round of Contestable Fund Grants are scheduled for September 2020. This special fund was an additional investment.

About the Cultural Fund

The Cultural Fund derives its revenue from a 2% share of domestic licensing income and from overseas revenue that is non-title specific. The Cultural Fund invests in people and projects that meet its objectives to:

  • Protect - writers and publishers’ ability to earn revenue from their works;
  • Support – the creation and production of new works and assist the commercial success of New Zealand works;
  • Grow – the number of works created and skills in the industry

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