The fund is open now and closes 25 October 2022.
These grants are available for community-led projects reflecting diverse identities and perspectives. Administered by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this funding provides financial help for oral history projects relating to the history of Aotearoa New Zealand and Aotearoa New Zealand’s close relationships with the Pacific.
About the fund
Funding for these grants came from the Australian Sesquicentennial Gift Trust for Awards in Oral History in 1990 to honour 150 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Each year approximately $100,000 is divided between the successful applicants (usually a maximum of 12 grants are given). A successful applicant generally receives between $5000 and $10,000 towards the costs of their project. All previous recipients are listed on our website.
Applications are assessed by a committee comprising people from around the country who have a range of experience with oral history and oral traditions.
Grants are given as a contribution towards the cost of recording interviews for oral history projects. They may be used to pay training, travel and other expenses, such as having relevant photographs copied. The purchase of good quality audio and/or video recording equipment may also be supported if the application includes a quote from a retailer.
More information about the grants and how to apply can be found here.