Apply for funding

We fund content that reflects and develops New Zealand identity and culture.

NZ Media Fund

The NZ Media Fund comes into being on 1 July 2017. All applications must now be made online through Eric, our funding application portal. 

You have to first register in the application system, so don't leave it til close to deadline.

Before each round we will publish guidance documents to assist applicants specific to that round. In addition we have published below a range of documents which give insight to our assessment processes. All documents may also be found in Eric.

July 2017 funding round

Opens: 3 April

Closes: 4pm 1 June

July round - Scripted and Factual

The below document is a guideline for applicants to the Scripted and Factual streams in the July 2017 round.

Information for applicants and platforms

The documents below are for your reference so that you understand how we will assess applications and what information we need from content producers and platforms.

What we fund

We make funding decisions under the Broadcasting Act and in line with our funding strategy.

We look for:

  • Quality  - NZ audiences enjoy well-made local content that matters
  • Diversity - NZ audiences value local content made for a range of communities
  • Discoverability - NZ audiences can find and appreciate local content

Content Development

Development funding is for researching or writing scripts or treatments. We mostly contribute to drama; and occasionally to documentary development.

Please read the guidelines before completing an application through Eric.

At the end of 2016, to extend the range of scripted drama and comedy development projects we revised our development criteria to provide a pathway for a limited number of eligible projects to access first-stage development funding without the support of a platform. Please read more about the Diverse Development Initiative below.

From time to time, if we have detected a gap in content, we may go to the market to seek the content we require. In these cases we issue a Request For Proposals (RFP).

There are no current RFPs.

We support multi-platform news and information content serving regional audiences. This audio-visual content is rarely provided by national media organisations and is a key part of our support for Community Broadcasting.