Our 2020 Pūtea Pāpāho/Mental Health Media Grants are now open for applications!

This year, we’re asking you to use your creative or journalistic talents to patua te whakamā/lift the shame and judgment around mental distress/illness, so that all New Zealanders can enjoy equal opportunities in society and live their lives free of mental distress stigma and discrimination.

To do this, we’re offering three Journalism grants and two Creative grants worth up to $10,000 each.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm, Friday 9 October 2020.

Download the Journalism grant application pack here

Download the Creative grant application pack here

For any questions, please email:
Danielle Whitburn

Who can apply?

Journalism Grants are open to TV, print, radio, online journalists and photojournalists.

Creative Grants are open to artists, videographers, social media campaigners, creative writers, musicians and performers.


The Mental Health Media Grants were first established in 2007 as a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and the Like Minds, Like Mine Programme.

Previous projects have been successful in challenging people’s perceptions of the experience of mental distress and the journey to recovery by producing emotive and thought-provoking current affairs packages, plays, music, art exhibitions, magazine articles, documentaries and more.

Take a look at some of our creative and journalism grant recipients’ work from the past decade.