NZSL funding round now open, ‘Creative Connections’

The NZSL Board has announced that contestable Funding Round Five of the NZSL Fund will close on 14 February 2019.

The one-page expressions of interest process introduced this year is so we can help applicants. Please do apply by 14 February, even if you don’t send in a one-page summary by 31 January.

Each year community-driven initiatives are considered through a contestable process. You can find more information about other NZSL initiatives (project, activities, and events) that have already been supported by the NZSL Fund in accordance with the NZSL Fund policies here: .

‘Creative Connections’

The theme for this Round, ‘Creative Connections’, will focus on the NZSL Strategy language planning priority 2: Use/Access - enable NZSL to be used in all domains of society [see page 13, bullet 1 at].

The Board wants to

• encourage connection and opportunities that bring people together, including

o between NZSL users

o within whānau and family, and across generations

o in homes, the community and Deaf Spaces

o and with new NZSL users, including hearing people.

• promote innovation and creative use of sign language

• support the wellbeing of Deaf people, encouraging them to thrive and hold high aspirations.

NZSL Strategy Implementation

The NZSL Board also commissions work towards achieving the five strategic priorities set out in the NZSL Strategy. For NZSL Fund Round Five there is approximately $400,000 available.

Proposals to the NZSL Fund must not duplicate or displace NZSL funding, services and resources which are the responsibility of government agencies or organisations.

Application guidelines, in NZSL and English, are available at the following links.

NZSL guidelines and application form (opens in new window)
Section Duration

Background to NZSL Fund: Funding Round 5

3:59 min
Assessing Applications 6:47 min
What can you apply for? 2:36 min
How to apply 9.40 min
Confidentiality 1:21 min
What happens next? 2:24 min
New Zealand Sign Language Fund Application Form 20:18 min


English Guidelines and application forms (Word documents)

New Zealand Sign Language Fund: Application Form - Round Five 2019 [DOCX, 176 KB]

Guidelines: Applying for a grant from the New Zealand Sign Language Fund Round Five 2019 [DOCX, 169 KB]



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