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Criteria for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

Applications are now invited for the 2022 Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

Please apply through our online portal

Applications close at 5pm on 22 October 2021

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from local government, iwi/hapu and community organisations which:

  • have an existing role in community activities and/or services;
  • have the capacity to administer and support the proposed project;
  • make a commitment to provide an evaluation of the proposed project after the event; and,
  • are a recognised entity.

The government is especially keen to support events organised by local government and/or communities in partnership with tangata whenua that invite wide community participation.

Applicants to the Fund should be able to demonstrate that recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi is a central theme in their event. Priority is given to events in local communities that commemorate and are held on Waitangi Day, or on days significant to the signing of the Treaty in a particular community or rohe.

This year the Ministry is interested to hear from applicants that are deepening and broadening the conversations about the Treaty of Waitangi and deepening understanding across communities.

Mid-to long-term Treaty of Waitangi education programmes or resources do not come under this Fund. Funding is not available for travel to Waitangi, Bay of Islands. Funding is also not available to cover the purchase of alcohol.

Criteria

Proposals are sought for specific events which meet the following criteria:

  • the theme is the commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi;
  • the event promotes nation building and community building;
  • it encourages wide community participation and achievement;
  • it promotes a cultural experience or event consistent with the above; and,
  • the event takes place on or near Waitangi Day (6 February 2022), or days significant to the signing of the Treaty in a particular community or rohe (for example, the date on which an iwi signed the Treaty or Final Deed of Settlement).

The government is especially keen to support events that reflect a partnership between iwi, marae, local government, and community groups and invite wide community participation. Applicants to the Fund should be able to demonstrate that recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi is a central theme in their event.

For events in 2022, we are asking applicants to consider and show how they will give effect to the Ministry of Health guidelines for organisers and attendees of gatherings at the different COVID-19 Alert Levels. It is possible that wider restrictions on gatherings may be re-introduced and organisers may be asked to modify, postpone or cancel their events.  The Ministry also asks applicants to consider and demonstrate how they will meet the accessibility needs of their community in their event.

What we don't fund

Mid-to long-term Treaty of Waitangi education programmes or resources are not eligible to receive funding. Funding is not available for travel to Waitangi, Bay of Islands. Funding is also not available to cover the purchase of alcohol.

How to apply

Please apply through our online portal

Guidance and information for applicants is provided on the portal, which will step you through how to:

  • register and create an account,
  • log in and out of the portal,
  • view funding opportunities, and
  • apply for funding.

Before you can apply to the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund, you need to first register and create an account on the portal. This Fund requires you to register as an Organisation.

After registering an account, you can then apply to the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund. An Application Guide is available to assist you with any further questions you might have about how to complete the Application Form.

Further guidance including how to design accessible events, case studies and Treaty of Waitangi resources is available at: Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

Make sure you complete every section of the form. Before submitting your application, you will be required to upload:

  • one document proving entity status, such as a current constitution or trust deed and certificate of incorporation, or a letter from your District Māori Council / appropriate iwi authority, or a copy of a Māori Land Court Order, or proof of organisational structure and/or copies of minutes of meetings
  • at least two current letters of support that are specific to the event. We recommend one letter from your local council and one from your local iwi.

Contact

To find out more email [email protected] or call the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on (04) 499-4229. For guidance on the online portal, please email [email protected].


Updated on 24th September 2021