Media Grants: $10,000 for journalism project

15 Sep, 2014


Are you a journalist with a passion for your profession and a desire to make a difference?

A grant worth $10,000 is now available for a media project focusing on the unique experiences of whanau, parents, grandparents and siblings of young people with mental illness.

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

“In 2014 we have $10,000 available for a journalism project, thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust,” MHF chief executive, Judi Clements says. “This year there is the added challenge of the Family/Whanau theme.”

“We’ve had some exciting and award winning journalism projects over the past seven years,” Ms Clements says. “Publications such as Yvonne O’Hara’s newspaper supplement Down on the Farm and Guy Frederick’s photojournalism exhibition The Space Between Words, both received international recognition for the quality of their work.”

“More recently, with the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust’s sponsorship, Sonya Wilson from TVNZ’s 20/20 and freelance journalist, Chris Barton, have completed bodies of work that have tackled some hard topics, such as depression in elite sport, youth mental health, and stigma and suicide.”

Proposed stories should have a strong focus on people’s positive experiences and what works, as well as acknowledging the challenges they have encountered on the recovery journey. They must be shared in such a way that they decrease stigma and discrimination and increase awareness and understanding associated with experience of mental illness.

Applications close 31 October.

Interested applicants can request an application pack in the media grants section of our website.


For further information contact:

Cate Hennessy
Media Grants Co-ordinator
Mobile: 021 687 426

Paula Taylor
Development Manager, Communications, Marketing & Information
Ph: 09 623 4810