Thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and support from Like Minds, Like Mine, there's up to $50,000 available for three journalism and two creative projects.
“We’ve had some exciting and award-winning journalism and creative projects over the past nine years,” MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says. “Most recently, Kim Vinnell from TV3’s Story and Yvonne O’Hara from the Allied Press have completed bodies of work that have tackled topics such mental health in the workplace and rural families mental health.
“And creative works such as Rob Mokaraka’s one-man show Shot Bro, Sam RB’s album Seems I Might Be Human and Guy Frederick’s exhibition The Space Between Words, still resonate with people,” he says.
The grants allow applicants time to investigate a news story or more fully explore a creative project idea before sharing their work with other New Zealanders via several platforms.
Stories and creative works are focused around annual themes. This year’s themes include exploring social inclusion, human rights, and the myths and realities of mental distress. Projects should have a strong focus on positive experiences as well as acknowledging any challenges that are encountered.
“Previous projects have been particularly successful in challenging people’s perceptions of the experience of mental distress,” Shaun says. “By addressing people’s misconceptions and attitudes, we hope to create more socially inclusive communities and workplaces for those experiencing mental distress.”
Do you have an idea you would like to develop into a thought-provoking article, documentary, film, play, book, or art exhibition?
The Mental Health Foundation welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in print, radio or TV media; as well as artists, creative writers, musicians, and performers. Journalism, photojournalism and creative students may also apply.
Applications close 28 September 2016.
For more information, please contact:
Media Grants Co-ordinator
021 687 426