Major grant funding round launches

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 18 June.

Applications are being sought for ‘major grant’ funding worth between $10,000 and $40,000.

“We are seeking innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect our mission and strategic priorities,” says Robyn Baker, Chair of the National Commission.

“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, we will give particular consideration to initiatives that reinforce the core UNESCO values of equality, diversity and democracy.”

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s mission is ‘Connecting Aotearoa-New Zealand to UNESCO and the world by the fostering and sharing of ideas; and contributing to building the knowledge and capabilities needed to ensure a better future for all’.

Successful applications will need to align with at least one of the National Commission’s following strategic priorities:

  • Providing a catalyst for New Zealanders to engage in life-long learning and to be innovative and responsible global citizens
  • Protecting and celebrating New Zealand’s taonga past, present and future by connecting our unique indigenous culture, natural heritage and communities with national and international communities
  • Nurturing and connecting diverse forms of knowledge based on scientific evidence, traditional knowledge and intercultural dialogue to enhance decision making and foster mutual understanding
  • Promoting access to information and knowledge that contributes to building respect for justice, law, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Expressions of Interest are due by 18 June. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 23 July.

The National Commission will also be accepting applications for minor grant funding throughout the year (for up to $5,000 per project). Applicants must leave at least six weeks between their application and the activity.

See our major grants page for more information and an application pack.