Mental Health Media Grants

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The Mental Health Media Grants or Pūtea Pāpāho are awarded to creative people who are passionate about reducing discrimination against, and increasing social inclusion towards, New Zealanders living with mental distress.

These grants fund projects in the media and creative spheres – mahi in journalism and the arts – that make a real and lasting impact on Kiwi hearts and minds.

The purpose of the grants is to fund projects that increase social inclusion of people who experience mental distress and decrease prejudice and discrimination. The projects work to help New Zealanders understand people who live with mental distress and break down the barriers they face.

Each Media Grant offers up to $10,000 NZD, as well as a fellowship and project guidance from the Mental Health Foundation on behalf of Like Minds, Like Mine.

Between 2007 and 2010, 16 New Zealanders were awarded a Media Grant. In 2015, the Creative Grants were re-launched with new funding from the Health Promotion Agency.

Read more about our past Media Grants recipients and projects.

The Media Grants are now closed and will re-open around August 2020.

If you have any questions, please email:
Danielle Whitburn


Media Grants 2020 Pre-Registration

Let us know which of our Media Grants you might be interested in applying for in 2020 and we'll be in touch with you closer to the opening date (July-August 2020) with more information.

Good reads

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Mental Health Media Grants 2018

Bex and Craig's project: Aroha's Way

Aroha’s Way is a beautifully-illustrated children’s book about how to manage... Read more


Mental Health Media Grants 2017

Jehan's project: The Inside Word

The Inside Word is a six-part panel show produced for TVNZ Duke.... Read more

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Mental Health Media Grants 2017

Indira's project: Together Alone

What do you do if your culture treats mental illness like a... Read more