Funding positive changes
The NZSL Fund supports NZSL community-led projects that strengthen NZSL in the home, within whānau, hapū and iwi, and within the Deaf community. Since its inception in 2015, with three funding rounds to date, the NZSL Fund has provided funding for projects to support initiatives that promote and maintain NZSL. The NZSL Board is responsible for its oversight, and making recommendations on the allocations of funds from it.
Seventeen projects for the third funding round (1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017) were approved and received a total of $542,471. Successful projects include a conference on NZSL interpreting and teaching, developing vital healthcare information in NZSL and recording NZSL stories from Deaf people with experience of mental illness or addiction.
The NZSL Board contributed $50,000 towards the total cost of the 5th National Māori Deaf Hui. The NZSL Board’s funding supported Māori Deaf people to attend the hui by reducing the costs of travel and registration that may have been barriers for Māori Deaf attendees.
Twenty-four projects for the second funding round (1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016) were approved and received a total of $751,114. Successful projects include the development of a youth mentorship programme, a series of NZSL Immersion Courses in Otago where there is very limited access to NZSL for families with Deaf children and a national conference for families with Deaf children.
Fourteen projects were approved and received a total of $900,000 funding for the first round (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015). The projects receiving funding range from further development of the NZSL Online Dictionary, to a theatre performance that has been developed in both NZSL and spoken English, designed to be accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences, to extending a NZSL for Families course.