Call for applications - Contestable Fund Grants 2021

If you're working on a project that aims to make a positive impact on New Zealand writing and publishing, apply for a Contestable Fund Grant in 2021 - $75,000 is ready and waiting. Applications open today.

The 2021 CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants have now opened with $75,000 available to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing sector growth.

Each year a portion of the revenue collected by Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is allocated to the Cultural Fund, and is made available for applicants to apply for. The amount you apply for is up to you, with the number of successful recipients varying each year depending on the individual merits of the applications received.

Applications are invited for projects that 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. In 2020, there were 10 successful recipients, read more here >>

Interested? FIND OUT MORE HERE >>

Applications must be received before 4pm Wednesday 6 October 2021. Successful recipients will be announced in November and contacted directly. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email in November. Successful recipients will be published on our website and social media pages.

Quick Links
Application guidelines and criteria >> (pdf)
Application form >>

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

How to Enter

  1. All applicants must read, understand and accept the Application Guidelines and Criteria of the CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants before proceeding with an application and to be eligible for a grant. Applicants are encouraged to print or download this document and to refer back to it throughout the application process.
  2. The application process can take some time to work through. Applicants will have an opportunity to save their work and come back to it by selecting SAVE and storing the unique link provided. Before starting your application, please read Section 2 of this document to learn what information will be required, and ensure all supporting documentation required to be uploaded is in pdf format. Please also take note of the file size and word limits when submitting and uploading information.
  3. Before submitting their application, applicants will have an opportunity to review and edit their application by clicking on the BACK button and scrolling back. Once submitted, the application cannot be edited further. A copy of the application will be provided to the applicant.
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