Booksellers Aotearoa have announced an annual contestable fund to support project-led community initiatives that benefit Booksellers Aotearoa members and their communities. Applicants can apply for up to $5000 for their project. 


This fund has been established using investment income from tokens funds held in trust on behalf of the public.


The purpose of the contestable fund is to provide funding support for social and community initiatives that bring people into bookstores and encourage the wider use, ownership and enjoyment of books.


Any full member of Booksellers Aotearoa can apply for funds. Funds can be used for individual member projects or in collaboration with a community group. The fund will seek to fund initiatives that meet a community need and are book-related. 


Project proposals can be sent at any time and will be reviewed by the Booksellers Aotearoa NZ Board. The first round closes 1st March 2022. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 March 2022.

You can apply for the fund by answering the following questions and emailing the results to

(You can download the form in Word document format here.)

Project proposal questionnaire

Full Name:


Phone Number:


I confirm my bookshop is a full member of Booksellers Aotearoa NZ

Please describe your project:

Who is involved in your project and what is their background in community and/or books:

Please upload your budget with any supporting documentation:

How will your project  bring people into bookstores and encourage the wider use, ownership and enjoyment of books?

What is the timeframe for the project?

What is the ultimate goal for your project?

Have you applied for funding for this project with other organisations?

Please attach any supporting information (including letters of support) for your application.

The successful recipients of the Booksellers Aotearoa contestable community fund will be expected to complete a report including final costs incurred and write an article on their project for The Read.