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Terms and conditions of application for NZOH Awards


A committee of historians meets to decide who will receive New Zealand Oral History Awards. Preference will be given to oral historians with proven experience of successfully completing oral history projects or who have completed training in oral history. Other criteria are as follows:

· Awards may be made to individuals, groups or communities.

· Assistance is not available for projects that are eligible for funding from tertiary institutions, nor for university theses.

· Assistance is not available for funded institutions, such as museums, for their core work.

· Staff of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are ineligible to apply.

· Video recording is eligible for funding as a component of a project, but neither video nor film projects, in themselves, are eligible for these awards.

· If you have already received a grant from this fund, you will not be eligible to apply for further funding until you have completed the previous project within the terms agreed.

Conditions for successful applicants

· You are expected to complete the project within twelve months of receiving the Award. Please consider this condition carefully before applying for an Award.

· The original recordings must be deposited at the Oral History Centre, Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

· For each interview you must provide an oral history recording Agreement Form signed by the person interviewed.

· A detailed contents summary or abstract for each interview must accompany recordings for deposit.

· You will be required to provide regular progress reports until the project is completed.

Payment of NZOH Awards

Awards are paid in two tranches:

· Half the amount granted is paid at the time of the announcement of the successful applicants. The second half of the Award is paid on completion and delivery of the project – including all required documentation – within twelve months from the announcement of the successful applicants.

· If the project is not completed within twelve months, and prior approval has not been granted for an extension, the remainder of the grant will be forfeited.

· If after twelve months the project has been partially completed, a portion of the second payment may be made.

Further information for applicants

When preparing your application, you should note:

· Awards are given as a contribution towards the cost of recording interviews for oral history projects. This may include training, travel and other expenses, such as having relevant photographs copied. The purchase of good quality audio recording equipment may also be supported if the application includes a quote from a retailer.

· The purchase of computers, stationery, cameras or video cameras will not be funded.

· The Awards are not intended to cover full-time salaries for the period of the project. However a standard fee per interview will be considered at a rate dependent on the experience of the oral historian/s.

· Only projects using digital recording equipment are eligible for support.

· We fund only the recording and abstracting of oral history interviews, not any further work required to develop subsequent exhibitions or publications. For example, if your application for an Award to record ten interviews, transcribe them and publish a book using the material is successful, you will receive funding only for the recording of the interviews.

· No work is funded retrospectively.

· The deadline for applications is 30 April each year.

New Zealand Oral History Awards application form.

Updated on 11th December 2019