Major Grants

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO recently invited expressions of interest (EOI) for our 2019/20 Major Grants contestable funding round.

We are seeking to fund innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect our mission and strategic priorities, up to the level of between $10,000 and $40,000. As UNESCO is an organisation of ‘ideas’, we are especially interested in projects that demonstrate new ways of working and which have the potential to lead to positive long-term change at a national or regional level. In light of the 15 March terrorist attacks in Christchurch, particular consideration will be given to initiatives that reinforce the core UNESCO values of equality, diversity and democracy.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 23 July.

Please read our application pack to learn more about the purpose of the funding and the evaluation criteria for major grants. It outlines our strategic priorities and describes the two-stage application process.

Note: If you are unable to download the below documents please contact us and we will post hard copies to you.


  • Write an EOI using the official form and submit it to the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (by 18 June)
  • Find out whether you will be invited to submit a formal application (by 2 July)
  • Submit formal application (by 23 July)
  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants informed by end of October

Past major grant recipients