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Press Release: Media Grant Deadline Extended

2011 NZ Mental Health Media Grants: extended until 31 October

The deadline for the 2011 Mental Health Media Grants has been extended until 31 October 2011 and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, who administer the grants, are encouraging those who missed the original deadline to submit an application.

The promotion that usually accompanies the annual Media Grant application process hasn’t been as successful for the 2011 Grants as in previous years – possibly due to the national focus on the Rugby World Cup.

So, anyone who has a good idea for this year’s NZ Mental Health Media Grants – but missed the deadline – should take the opportunity this extension provides, and go to www.mediagrants.org.nz to submit an application.

Interested applicants can apply for either a journalism grant of up to $6,000 OR a photojournalism grant of up to $10,000.

Proposals for the journalism project should focus on ideas that promote mental health and wellbeing.

Proposals for the photojournalism project should focus on ideas for positive images and stories that reflect Christchurch individuals, organisations and communities working together to rebuild their city and flourish again.

The completed project will promote ways of keeping well, how to recover in/after a crisis and how to support one another to change for the better.

Both projects enable people with experience of mental health issues – or those who have an interest or personal connection with mental health issues – to tell their stories and inform the public about mental health experiences.

It is important that all project proposals also increase understanding of, and reduce stigma and discrimination around, mental distress.

Go to www.mediagrants.org.nz for more information and to view and download the application pack. For more information, please email info@mediagrants.co.nz

The 2011 NZ Mental Health Media Grants are proudly supported by the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and the Mental Health Commission of New Zealand.

Applications close Monday 31 October


For more information, please contact Cate Hennessy, Media Grants Coordinator on ph 021 687 426 or email: cate@onceuponatime.co.nz