Applications for the 2021 Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund closed on 19 October 2020. A call for 2022 applications will be made during August 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.
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 2018), 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 2021, 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. If COVID-19 spreads further in New Zealand, we note that wider restrictions on gatherings are likely to 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
Make sure you complete every section of the form and include:
- 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 bank account details, or proof of organisational structure and/or copies of minutes of meetings
- a detailed description of your event
- a proposed budget for your event
- 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.
To find out more email [email protected] or call the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on (04) 499-4229.
Updated on 14th July 2021