Major Grants

Major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded four grants worth $102,000 in total in its 2018/2019 Contestable Funding Round. “The successful projects contribute to some of the National Commission’s priority areas, including the contribution of indigenous knowledge in shaping a sustainable future; and the importance of oceans to the wellbeing of people and… Read more »

Major Grants funding round now open

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its 2018/19 Major Grants contestable funding round by 6 July. Applications are primarily being sought for ‘major grant’ funding from $5,000 to the level of $40,000. Minor grant funding is also available for amounts under $5,000. The National Commission is seeking… Read more »

Speaking for the (kauri) trees

Kauri plays a significant role as a national icon in Aotearoa yet the species is under threat. Auckland based The Kauri Project received major grant funding through the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO last year to develop a platform for creative action to protect this precious taonga across the kauri lands region. At the… Read more »

Exploring Education for Sustainable Development approaches

An Enviroschools Kindergarten that focuses on embedding place-based education, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and global citizenship into their programme is providing inspiration for a research project funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The project ‘Exploring Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches in relation to benefits for Māori and Pacific Island children and… Read more »

Six major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded six grants worth $125,550 in total in its UNESCO’s 2017/2018 Contestable Funding Round. The successful projects range from a collaborative wānanga aimed at finding solutions for kauri dieback and wider forest ecosystem conservation to a youth project focused on building the capacity of young people to make… Read more »

Celebrating Imagining Decolonised Cities prizewinners

The winners of the Imagining Decolonised Cities (IDC) contest, supported by our last round of contestable funding, were announced in May. Chair Robyn Baker attended a prizegiving of one of the winning teams (Runner Up Under 18) this month, comprising four high school students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna in Wellington — (pictured from left with Robyn Baker)… Read more »

Contestable funding round 2017/18 now open

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 30 June. Applications are primarily being sought for ‘major grant’ funding from $15,000 to the level of $40,000. Minor grant funding is also available for amounts under $5,000. “We are seeking innovative projects, events, programmes or… Read more »

Imaginative digital journeys

How can young people make a difference in their natural environments? Nature Through Arts Collective is enabling young people and their families to learn about and get involved in some of New Zealand’s critical conservation challenges through a series of dynamic and imaginative digital journeys at nature sites. Supported by the New Zealand National Commission… Read more »

‘Big Girls’ celebrate New Zealand’s ethnic diversity

Seventeen ‘larger than life’ women dancing in the streets of Palmerston North caused a sensation at the city’s International Women’s Day Parade on 8 March.  The Big Girl giant puppets, designed to celebrate diversity in Aotearoa, represented women from a wide range of communities, including Latin America, South East Asia, Syria, Japan and Samoa. Some… Read more »

National Commission awards $279,000 in grants

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce the awarding of 13 grants worth $279,000 in total for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s 2016/2017 Contestable Funding Round. “The successful projects all contribute to the mandate of UNESCO in some way, demonstrating innovation which is likely to lead to positive long-term… Read more »