Deaf Development Fund - CLOSED
Please note this fund has now closed.
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 continued supporting initiatives until the end of 2017. Called the Deaf Development Fund (DDF), it operated as a committee of the J R McKenzie Trust.
The purpose of the DDF was to support projects that contribute to the development of the Deaf/NZSL community. DDF especially sought to fund projects that may not fit the criteria of larger funding sources. Grants were made to organisations, community groups and individuals for a wide range of purposes. They ranged in size from under $500 to $10,000, with most grants being under $4,000.
Grant decisions were made by the DDF committee, Lesley Carmichael, Rachel McKee, and Victoria Manning.
DDF funded 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. The Sir Roy McKenzie VUW Deaf scholarships were also funded by DDF. These awards will continue to be available through the Victoria University Scholarships Office.