The now closed Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects was established in 2000 as a contestable fund of last resort. It recognised that nationally significant collections were held by key regional museums and galleries.
The fund assisted regional museums and art galleries holding collections of national significance to improve access to, and care of, these collections through major construction projects.
The following chart shows funding allocated during 2001 and 2015. During this time, $104.971 million was dispersed to 11 regions.
Click here for a larger version of the above chart showing Regional Museums Policy funding.
Some of the past recipients included Auckland War Memorial Museum, Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery MTG, the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier and the Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth and Dunedin’s Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.
In 2016, the Regional Museums Policy fund for Capital Construction Projects fund was replaced with the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF).
The RCHF will benefit a wider range of cultural organisations throughout New Zealand: in the broader art gallery and museums sector (including iwi museums/whare taonga), performing arts venues, and heritage buildings housing major collections.
Like its predecessor, the RCHF is a contestable fund of last resort. While its focus will be on capital projects outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, projects located in those areas remain eligible for grant consideration. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Visit the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund page for more details.
Updated on 5th September 2017