CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants

Each year a portion of the revenue allocated to the CLNZ Cultural Fund is made available in a contestable fund.

In 2021, $75,000 is available to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing sector growth. The amount applicants apply for is up to them, with the number of successful recipients varying each year depending on the individual merits of the applications received.

Successful projects will have clearly defined and measurable project outcomes that align with the Cultural Fund’s objectives, including projects that:

  • 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 NZ published content
  • Use online platforms to enhance the profile of New Zealand publishing and/or published content, including to international/export markets

Other projects that can demonstrate a positive impact on the New Zealand writing and publishing industry, and that meet the objectives of the Cultural Fund, will also be considered.

Applications Now closed for 2021.
Application Guidelines and Criteria Application Guidelines and Criteria (pdf)
Next round September 2022

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email in November. Successful recipients will be contacted directly and we will also publish the announcement on our website and social media pages. In 2021, there were 11 successful recipients, read more here >>

To read more about our Selection Panel members, you can view them here >>

Helpful hint: Consider reading this 'Award Alchemy' article published in NZ Author Magazine (pdf). The article provides insight into submitting a great application.

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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