The NZSL Board has generously provided funding to DCNZ to promote the learning and use of New Zealand Sign Language in daily life.

The NZSL Learning Subsidy Fund is available from now until the end of June 2020.

DCNZ will distribute the NZSL Learning Subsidy funding in three strands to our members.


Strand A: Individual family member

Strand A is for families who live in regions of NZ where there is no Regional Parent Group or it is difficult to find a NZSL Teacher

Who can apply?

Families who live in Northland, Waikato, Gisborne & East Coast, Manawatu-Whanganui, Nelson-Tasman, Marlborough, West Coast, South Canterbury and Southland regions.

What can families apply for?

DCNZ can provide $1,200 (including GST) per family, for Term 1 and 2, 2020 [$600 per term].

How to apply

Complete an application before midnight on Monday, 20 January 2020.


Strand B: Individual family member

Strand B is for any family who wants to learn or improve NZSL

What can families apply for?

DCNZ can provide $800 (including GST) per family, for Term 1 and 2, 2020 [$400 per term].

Application for Strand B funding opens on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 and will close at midnight on Friday, 28 February 2020.


Strand C: Regional Parent Groups

Each Regional Parent Group (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.

Understand the Process

A snapshot

In full detail

Please open, read and/or download our NZSL Learning Subsidy Fund Process Information Sheet [PDF, 188kB] which explains the process in full.

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.