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 to fund innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect its mission and strategic priorities. 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.

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’.

Expressions of Interest are due by 6 July. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 3 August.

The National Commission will be accepting applications for minor grant funding throughout the year; however, applicants must leave at least six weeks between their application and the activity.

The information below explains the purpose of the funding and the evaluation criteria for major grants. It outlines the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s strategic priorities and describes the two-stage application process.

Application packs and forms for minor grants of $5,000 (applications open all year round) and major grants of between $5,000 and $40,000 (Expressions of Interest due 6 July) are available below. Note: If you are unable to download these documents please contact us and we will post hard copies to you.

Expression of Interest Form

Application Form – Minor Grants

Application Pack – Minor Grants

Application Form – Major Grants

Application Pack – Major Grants


  • Write an Expression of Interest (EOI) and submit this to the NZ National Commission (by 6 July 2018)
  • Receive feedback on your EOI as to whether a formal application is invited
  • Submit formal application (by 3 August 2018)
  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants informed by end of September 2018
  • Completed funding contract must be returned in a timely manner
  • Contracting, payment and projects commence (no later than end of October 2018)
  • Interim project report sent (before mid-February 2019)
  • Project activity delivered (before 30 June 2019)
  • Recipients complete reporting, legal and contractual obligations (by 31 May 2019 or one month after completion of the project).