Major Grants

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is now inviting expressions of interest for our 2020/21 Major Grants contestable funding round.

UNESCO is an organisation of ‘ideas’, and the New Zealand National Commission is especially interested in projects that demonstrate new ways of working with the potential to lead to positive, long-term change at a national or regional level.

We are seeking to fund innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect our mission and strategic priorities.

Major Grants funding ranges between $10,000 and $40,000.

Expressions of interest will close on 25 June 2020. Expressions of interest will go through a shortlisting process, and those successfully shortlisted will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 30 July 2020.


Submit an expression of interest:

Major Grants expression of interest form 2020

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:

Major Grants Application Pack 2020-21


Major Grants timeline:

·         Submit using the online form to the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (by 25 June 2020)

·         Find out whether you will be invited to submit a formal application (by 9 July 2020)

·         Submit formal application (by 30 July 2020)

·         Successful and unsuccessful applicants informed (by end of October 2020)


Read about the most recently funded Major Grants:

Major Grants awarded 2019

Climate conferences receive Major Grant

Conservation forum receives Major Grant

Students learn history and coding with support of Major Grant

Past major grant recipients