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Deaf Development Fund

In 1992, Sir Roy McKenzie established the Deaf Decade Trust funded by his Rangatira Ltd shares. Sir Roy originally planned the fund to operate for ten years, but it has continued into its third decade of life. Now called the Deaf Development Fund (DDF), it operates as a committee of the J R McKenzie Trust.

The purpose of the DDF is to support projects that contribute to the development of the Deaf/NZSL community. DDF especially funds projects that may not fit the criteria of larger funding sources. Grants are made to organisations, community groups and individuals for a wide range of purposes. They range in size from under $500 to $10,000, with most grants being under $4,000.

How to apply for a grant

DDF has three application deadlines each year:

March 1st, July 1st and December 1st.

Applications received after these deadlines will be held for the following round.Decisions will normally be notified within four weeks of the closing date.

The Deaf Development Fund Application Form can be downloaded here.

  • Please address your application (by post or email) to:
    Lesley Carmichael (Administrator)
    J R McKenzie Trust Deaf Development Fund
    C/- 109C Golf Road
    Paraparaumu Beach 5032

DDF funds Deaf Studies Awards to support Deaf people to train as NZSL teachers in the Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL programme at Victoria University of Wellington. See the Deaf Development Fund Application Form

Two scholarships for Deaf undergraduate and postgraduate degree students in any field at Victoria University are also funded by DDF. See the Sir Roy McKenzie VUW Deaf Scholarship.

Scholarship applications close on Nov 30th.

Grant and scholarship decisions are made by the DDF committee of Lesley Carmichael, Rachel McKee, and Victoria Manning.

Grant reports

A report from grant recipients is required within two months of the stated completion date. See the Deaf Development Fund Reporting Form