Media grants available for journalism projects

09 October 2012

Applications are now open for the 2012 NZ Mental Health Media Grants, which focus on increasing understanding and reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

The Mental Health Foundation welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in radio, TV, print and online media. Journalism and photojournalism students may also apply.

Applicants have eight weeks to put forward proposals for journalism projects that increase understanding and reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Project proposals need to be based in New Zealand and benefit New Zealanders.

Proposals are shortlisted and an independent selection panel is convened to consider the applications. Panellists include journalism experts and a mental health consumer representative. They look at the feasibility of the project, the experience and expertise of the applicant and whether they already have support to publish or broadcast the finished project. The project must be completed within 12 months and shared with a wide audience.

Applications close 5 November and recipients will be announced in mid-December.

Interested applicants can find out about the grants available, check the eligibility, criteria and guidelines, and fill in an application form. Or go to

For help and general enquiries about the grants, please email