2018 Contestable Fund Investments Announced

We're excited to announce the nine successful applicants in this year’s round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants.

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is once again excited to announce the successful applicants in this year’s round of the CLNZ 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.

The 2018 Contestable Fund Grant recipients are:

  • Dunedin Writers Festival $2,410
  • Academy of New Zealand Literature $10,000
  • Clean Slate Press $10,000
  • Graeme Lay $3,000
  • Lesley Smith $10,000
  • Lift Education $7,500
  • One Tree House $5,000
  • Lost Property.org.nz $3,700
  • Audiobooks NZ $10,000

There were a total 51 applications received with funding contributions made towards the following nine projects:

Dunedin Writers Festival for podcasting the 2019 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. Academy of New Zealand Literature receive funding for international promotions of New Zealand writers’ work. Clean Slate Press receive funding towards their project for struggling readers, Joy Cowley: Building Bridges. Graeme Lay receives funding towards images for his project 100 Days – James Cook in New Zealand and Lesley Smith for her project titled Tara McLeod – A typographic journey. Lift Education for converting CSI Private Eye, an engaging online literacy series into a mobile application. One Tree House towards producing a range of bilingual children’s books in community pacific languages. Lost Property.org.nz for their project Artists in Uniform: Camouflage and Concealment. Audiobooks NZ for development of a mobile app to access audio books.

The Selection Panel remarked on the value of having funding available for projects that don’t necessarily fit with the criteria required by other funders. The range of projects funded in 2018 demonstrates the commitment of authors and publishers and organisations that operate in the publishing industry, to bringing new work to new audiences.

The CLNZ Contestable Fund is a dynamic fund able to support projects that may not fit with other funding providers objectives. Chief Executive of CLNZ, Paula Browning, said “We intentionally established the Contestable Fund with broad criteria and the variety of projects that have been funded in the past few years, endorses this approach. Investing in authors and publishers and supporting organisations that deliver value to the sector is what the CLNZ Cultural Fund (where this funding comes from) was set up for.”

Applications for the next round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund will be called for in mid-2019.

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 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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