Successful recipients announced for the Contestable Fund Grants 2020

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Contestable Fund Grants, with a total of $74,900 granted.

We're excited to announce the successful recipients in this year's round of Contestable Fund Grants. Applications were invited for projects that had clearly defined and measurable outcomes that align with the Cultural Fund's objectives.

There were a total of 72 applications received covering a wide range of topics and subjects, with funding contributions made towards the following 10 projects, totaling $74,900.

  • Mila's My Aganu'u Series
    Dahlia Malaeulu (Mila's Books) - $9,000
  • Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival podcasts (2021)
    Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival - $4,900
  • Token Cripple
    Henrietta Bollinger - $8,000
  • Ringawera (working title)
    Kārena and Kasey Bird - $8,000
  • Our Backyard Children's Picture Books
    Marie Connolly and Jenny Lee - $7,500
  • Kāwai: a saga from the uttermost end of the earth
    Monty Soutar - $8,000
  • Better off Read - Elements 2021
    Pip Adam, Better off Read Podcast - $5,000
  • Red Rocket Readers Te Reo Māori Adaptations
    Flying Start Books - $8,000
  • Comic Series commissioned by Toby Morris (working title)
    The Spinoff - $8,500
  • Connectors Digital - A Remote Learning Resource
    Global Education Systems - $8,000

The selection panel commented that it was great to see applicants adapting to the COVID-19 world and looking for new ways to engage with audiences, with lots of different and new perspectives in the projects presented.

"Given the circumstances we all face in 2020, the energy and enthusiasm that came through in the applications shows the determination of the industry to get back to business.”

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

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.

Photo by Brett Garwood on Unsplash

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