Round Tahi Information for Funding Applicants

This information is intended for applicants who are considering submitting a funding application for Round Tahi, the initial funding round of the financial year, across any of the following funding streams: Scripted, Factual, Platforms, Industry Development, or Content Development.

Read the full Round Tahi Information for Funding Applicants document here.

It is important to note that the funding allocations proposed for this round are based on our currently confirmed annual baseline budget. However, these allocations will be subject to review once we have had official confirmation of our funding for 2023/24.

We are also finalising changes to our investment strategy, which will be released shortly.

Funding round priorities

We welcome projects intended for both hard-to-reach and general audiences. Factual and Scripted applications will be considered (including children’s content, podcasts, games as well as part-financing of feature films) as will applications for Factual and Scripted content development.

We will give priority to projects that cater to hard-to-reach audiences and have a practical distribution plan to ensure that the target audience is reached.

This round will also evaluate annual applications from existing funded platforms. Please note that this is a closed fund for platforms, and we will not be accepting new applications at this time.

Please read the full Round Tahi Information for Funding Applicants document for more detail about the Factual, Scripted, Platforms, Industry Development and Content Development applications we are looking for:


6 April 2023 - Funding round opens.

All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted.

27 April 2023, 4pm Application deadline - Round closes.

Late applications will not be considered. In very exceptional circumstances, for time-sensitive projects agreed prior by the Head of Funding, we may consider an out-of-time application.

7 July 2023 - Decisions confirmed, applicants notified.

This date may be extended at NZ On Air’s sole discretion.

Application Limits

To cope with the increasing demand for our funding and the resulting surge in declined applications, we are implementing application limits (per round) for producers/production companies and platforms.

Producers/production companies are limited to a maximum of four applications, with a maximum of two applications per category (Scripted, Factual, Content Development, Industry Development). Platforms, on the other hand, can submit up to 10 applications per round, without any restrictions per category within that total. It's important to note that the platform application cap does not apply to children's applications and returning series.

If you have a strong case for exceeding these limits, please contact the Head of Funding before submitting your applications. For any questions, please email