In May 2016 the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage announced the launch of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund to replace the Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects.
RCHF Round Two decision announcements
Minister Barry announced that Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings will receive $4 million in funding along with $3 million in funding for the Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei, $1 million for Foxton's Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, a multi-purpose community facility, $900,000 for the ASB Theatre Complex in Blenheim and $1.08m to the Rakiura Heritage Centre Trust in Stewart Island as part of Round 2.
More Round Two announcements will follow through.
RCHF Round Three has closed
The call for applications to the third round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF) closed on 28 April 2017.
Applications are currently being assessed and applicants will be notified with announcements made from July.
RCHF Round Four
A decision on the timing of a fourth round has yet to be made. Intending applicants should contact the Ministry and sign up to the RCHF alerts database.
Overview of the RCHF
The Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (the RCHF) replaces the Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects (the RMP).
The RCHF eligibility criteria are sufficiently broad to enable the Fund to benefit a range of cultural organisations throughout New Zealand: in the broader art gallery and museums sector (including iwi museums/whare taonga), the performing arts, and the heritage sector.
The RCHF’s focus is capital projects outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.
Projects located in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch remain eligible for grant consideration and applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
While the nature of the applying institution’s collection(s) will still be taken into consideration when assessing applications, museums and galleries are no longer required to demonstrate they hold a collection of national significance in order to be eligible for a grant.
Key RCHF criteria include being a contestable fund of last resort and the thirds funding sources model which promotes a mix of local government, philanthropic and community fundraising with central government funding. A map of RCHF Round One funding decisions can be viewed here.
Potential applicants should contact the Ministry to discuss their project and add their details to the Ministry’s call alerts database. Register here to receive an email when this alert status text is next updated.
Click on the followings links for:
We recommend all intending applicants contact us first before preparing an application.
Discuss your project with Ministry for Culture and Heritage staff by phone:
Telephone: (04) 496 6175 or (04) 499 4229
Or email on:
Help for projects outside the scope of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
To assist you with finding information on potential sources of funding, we have made a table of current Government funding sources. Click here to view this table.
You might also wish to visit our Funding Sources page to learn about other potential sources of funding assistance.
Private owners of earthquake prone Heritage NZ listed buildings are encouraged to investigate their eligibility against the newly established Heritage EQUIP Fund’s key criteria here.
A range of Lottery Grants are available to support community services, relevant grants include:
- Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities provides grants for marae to develop, improve or restore their facilities and to protect and conserve marae taonga.
- Lottery Significant Projects Fund provides grants to purchase, create or improve community assets that have regional or national significance.
- Lottery Environment and Heritage grants are available for projects that will help protect, conserve or care for our natural, cultural and physical heritage, or allow us to better understand and access these resources
Visit Communitymatters.govt.nz to find out more about these grants and application details.
You may also wish to contact Lottery Grants Board officials to discuss your project by using their free phone number 0800 824 824 or by visiting the Department of Internal Affairs website which contains Lottery Grants Board information.
Generosity New Zealand
Generosity New Zealand provides online search tools which offer access to nearly $4 billion of funds. A relevant product is givUS which lists more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. View a map of New Zealand to see where you can freely access this database at public venues.
Heritage New Zealand
Visit Heritage New Zealand's website for details about funding for heritage protection offered by various agencies.
Tourism Infrastructure Fund
The Tourism Infrastructure Fund replaces the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund, providing $100 million over four years for the development of tourism-related infrastructure such as carparks, freedom camping facilities, sewerage and water works and transport projects. Visit MBIE's website for more details.
RCHF Policy, Criteria and Checklist
RCHF Policy, Criteria and Checklist (5 May 2016) (D-0659514).PDF
RCHF Applicant Declaration and Coversheet
RCHF Applicant Declaration and Coversheet 2016 (D-0659663).PDF
RCHF Round 1 decisions - geographic spread slide
RCHF Round 1 Decisions Geographic Spread Slide.jpg
Regional Culture and Heritage Fund FAQ Sheet
Regional Culture and Heritage Fund FAQ Sheet 31 Jan 2017 (D-0701093).PDF
Table comparing Government funds
Table NZ Govt ACH related funds (D-0720121).PDF
Updated on 21st July 2017