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Funding sources

Here are some potential funding sources within the arts, culture and heritage sector.

Creative New Zealand

Browse a variety of opportunities including funding for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations on Creative New Zealand's website. There are also residencies, fellowships, awards and international opportunities available. 

DANZ – Dance Aotearoa New Zealand

Details about programmes which offer dance support for both individuals and groups are available on DANZ’s website.

Generosity New Zealand

Generosity New Zealand provides online search tools which offer access to nearly $4 billion of funds. Relevant products are givME offering access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals and givUS which lists more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. Most public libraries and tertiary institutions offer free access to these websites at their places.

Heritage New Zealand

Visit Heritage New Zealand's website for details about funding for heritage protection offered by various agencies

Lottery Grants

A range of grants and fellowships are available to support local initiatives and community services. Visit to find out more about grant funding.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Ministry supports oral history and published history projects through two awards along with contestable funding for regional museums and art galleries as well as for groups commemorating the annual Waitangi Day celebrations.

Other Ministry awards are Heritage EQUIP (which provides funding for strengthening earthquake-prone heritage buildings) and the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (which replaces the Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects).

New Zealand Film Commission

The Commission provides loans and equity financing to New Zealand filmmakers to assist in the development and production of feature films and short films. 

NZ On Air

NZ On Air funds diverse local content on television and online including digital, music and radio.  Their digital media fund offers support for innovative, interactive content and applications, including web and mobile applications, software, games, transmedia and multi-platform projects.

Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand’s directory lists potential sport and recreation funding sources some of which are also available for community groups and individuals carrying out a range of activities.

Te Papa

Te Papa’s National Services Te Paerangi offers grants to New Zealand museums, galleries and iwi to foster growth and new connections across the sector.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Internal Affairs are working together to provide marae with access to Crown and Lottery funds intended for marae development.

Oranga Marae is a new initiative that will support the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae, as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga. Oranga Marae will enable marae to access funding from both Te Puni Kōkiri and Lottery sources through one process. Marae will be supported through the new process with engagement from regional advisors.

Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund supports whānau, hapū and iwi to promote and deliver activities and events that commemorate the New Zealand Wars.

Region Specific Grants

Check out your local council's websites to see what grants they have available.

To assist you with finding information on potential sources of funding, we have made a table of current Government funding sources

Related webpages

Crowd funding

Fundraising advice

Te Ara Taonga - funding page

Updated on 26th February 2020