Applications for this Fund are now CLOSED

Deaf Children NZ does however offer a NZSL Classes Subsidy Fund, you can find more information, and the application form for this on the Get Funding page.

If you have any queries, please contact our Community Manager, Meg Melvin via email community@deafchildren.org.nz or call/text 021 0892 7668 if you need any further information.

Update | 1 February 2021

The DCNZ Executive Committee has agreed to extend the NZSL Learning Subsidy Fund allocations into next year.

If you were allocated funding in 2020 but were not able to use that funding allocation, for learning NZSL, you will have received an email in early January 2021 with information about your 2021 Funding Allocation.

You can use your 2021 funding allocation:

  • to pay for, or subsidise, NZSL lessons, at home, online or in a community class;
  • any way you’d like to; use it all in one Term, or spread it out over 2 to 3 Terms – the choice is up to you

When you contact your NZSL Teacher or provider to make a booking for a course, or arrange private lessons in 2021, please make sure they use your Applicant Reference Number when invoicing DCNZ for your course/lesson fees.


Update | 6 April 2020

If you have been allocated funding from the NZSL Learning Subsidy Fund…

You can use your funding allocation throughout 2020 for NZSL lessons, as long as you do not exceed your maximum funding allowance.

Originally this funding was intended for use in Term 1 and Term 2 only, however due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown, our funding partner, The NZSL Board, has agreed to extend the time period to include all of 2020.

Please contact your NZSL Teacher or provider to find out if they are able to offer online learning during Lockdown, if that is a suitable solution for your family, or if they are able to tentatively make a plan for at-home lessons after the country emerges from Alert Level 4.

It might be a good idea to plan for Term 3 and/or Term 4 of 2020, as there is still uncertainty about the length of the Alert 4 Level Lockdown.

Please email our Community Manager, Meg Melvin community@deafchildren.org.nz or call/text 021 0892 7668 if you have any questions or support.


Regional Parent Groups

Our Regional Parent Groups (RPG) will be offered a chunk of the NZSL Learning Fund to enable them to arrange family-orientated, NZSL Learning events for their members.

Each RPG committee will decide on the best way to use this funding.

If you are not already a Parent Group member, please check out the list of Parent Groups on our website, and join your local parent group. Peer support via other parents is the best way to source local information and get support with parenting a child with hearing loss.


Are you a NZSL Teacher or Tutor?

We need you!

Please register your interest to provide teaching to our members.

You will need to be flexible in your teaching delivery as our members have told us they are keen to learn family-orientated NZSL – signs used during morning routines, meal times, getting ready for school, bedtime and bath time.

Please register with DCNZ so we can match you with families in your region. If you are able to deliver online learning please let us know that on the registration form.

Need to know more?

You can contact our Community Manager, Meg Melvin via email community@deafchildren.org.nz or call/text 021 0892 7668 if you need any further information.