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Expressions of Interest: Mātātuhi Foundation 2021 Literary Funding Grants

Mātātuhi Foundation

Job details

Mātātuhi Foundation
31 Oct 2021
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Literature & Publishing


The Mātātuhi Foundation wants to GROW the reach and engagement that NZ writers achieve with NZ readers. 

We do that via a biannual grant round where up to $5000 is made available for three to five innovative literary projects.  

Our next funding round CLOSES: 31 October 2021.



Two special grants are to be offered before the end of the year:

  • $8600 for a Māori-specific literary project
  • Up to $100,000 for a one-off major project with the potential to change and grow our literary landscape*

Māori-specific literary project

  • Funded through a bequest of $3600 from the estate of esteemed Māori writer Rowley Habib and topped up with up to $5000 of Foundation funds, the one-off Habib grant will be given to a proposal focussed on advancing the promotion of Māori literature. 
  • Submissions should be lodged on or before the closing date of 31 October 2021 using the standard project proposal form.

Major Project Grant*

  • Please visit the website for further details about our new Major Project Grant. Submissions close 30 November 2021.


Biannual Grant Round:

Submit your expression of interest online at via a simple and short application form

The Foundation will seed fund projects that:

  • Relate to New Zealand literature only (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
  • Deliver broad community literary or literacy benefit outcomes
  • Demonstrate innovation and imagination
  • Are new or business expansion projects rather than business-as-usual projects
  • Represent well-considered, robust propositions with identified, achievable and measurable deliverables

The Foundation will generally NOT fund: 

  • Business-as-usual activities or costs such as ongoing operational or staff overheads
  • Ancillary project costs including catering expenses, travel, accommodation
  • Projects that can access full funding elsewhere
  • The writing or publishing of individual titles unless there is deemed to be a significant community benefit

Links & contact details: 

Visit the website for further information.


How to apply

How to apply

  • The Foundation will only consider Expressions of Interest submitted via the online EOI form on or before 31 October 2021
  • The online form is available here.  All submissions must be accompanied by a project budget and any other appropriate supporting documents.
  • For more information see:

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Mātātuhi Foundation

22 Apr 2021