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Pasifika artists should also read Support for Pacific Arts (pdf 1.8MB)
Arts Alive is a fund for professional arts projects that will take place in professional performance venues in the Auckland CBD such as The Edge, Q Theatre, the Basement and the Maidment. The main objectives of the fund are to support and develop the professional performing arts in Auckland, and to develop and build audiences.
The Asia New Zealand Foundation administers a cultural grants programme and assists artist residencies and exchanges. Through Museums Aotearoa, they also offer the Asia New Zealand Foundation Museums Award which provides incentive support to museums and museum professionals for project and professional development.
$200,000 worth of AMP Scholarships are available to talented and determined Kiwis who can prove they’re passionate about pursuing their dream. Almost anyone can apply – there’s no age limit. Applications for AMP Scholarships are open from 21 July to 16 September 2014.
The Big Idea's focus is “helping New Zealand practitioners, organisations and businesses in the creative sector to find the resources crucial for their long-term viability”. Their weekly e-bulletin features jobs, funding opportunities, interviews and news about arts events across New Zealand.
Boosted.org.nz - A New Zealand arts dedicated crowd funding platform and part of The Arts Foundation. Provides artists’, arts professionals and organisations with campaign support and resource to reach their funding targets, as well as assistance with their ongoing goals. Boosted also offers donors a 33% tax credit.
PledgeMe - A New Zealand website. Users can post project ideas online for people to help fund in return for a creative reward.
Indiegogo is an overseas worldwide crowdfunding website based in the USA. They can make international payments to New Zealand artists via paypal.
Kickstarter - An international crowdfunding website that is now open to New Zealand projects
There are many other overseas crowdfunding websites but most don't yet accept projects from other countries. eg. Kickstarter, or snoball. If you know of any websites that do accept projects from New Zealand please email us.
The Austalian Arts Council has put together a great resource around crowdfunding.
This department has a range of resources and grant programmes including:
The Department of Internal Affairs also manages a number of Trusts for example:
Pacific Development and Conservation Trust which distributes grants to groups and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.
As well as distributing funding under the Creative Communities Scheme, local authorities may also distribute funding for other arts projects. Local authority contact details are available in the telephone directory or at Local Government New Zealand's website www.localgovt.co.nz.
Government funding for First World War Centenary commemorative activities is available via the Lottery Grants Board. More than $17 million has been allocated to help communities commemorate the centenary: a fund of $7.291 million for community events and smaller capital works, and a $10 million fund for one or more large-scale projects of national significance. This is the only government assistance specifically targeted at First World War Centenary (WW100) commemorations.
Funding rounds close on 29 May and 20 November 2013.
The Funding Information Service has two subscriber databases for funding searches.
These databases can also be viewed at some citizens advice bureaus, public libraries, local authority offices and offices of the Department of Internal Affairs.
This fund provides grants to researchers and writers of projects relating to New Zealand history. All historical areas are eligible, but priority is given to projects that significantly improve our understanding of New Zealand's past.
Tel: 04-499 4229 Fax: 04-499 4490
The Ministry of Education provides funding for regional or national arts co-ordinators and for providers of learning experiences outside the classroom.
Tel: 04-463 8000 Fax: 04-463 8001
This search engine is tailored to the needs of the cultural sector, making it easy for artists and arts organisations to find the best match between their projects and potential funders.:
The MBIE Fund Finder tells you what funding is available in the science and innovation ecosystem, for research or building your business.
MPIA has information specifically for Pasifika peoples about issues and access to government services in New Zealand. Its website features information on funding, housing, government services, money management and scholarships that are open to New Zealand’s Pacific peoples.
National Services Te Paerangi works with museums, galleries, iwi and related organisations to enhance museum services, supporting these to become self-sustaining. National Services currently offers two grant programmes: Museum and Iwi Development Grant and the Helping Hands Grant for small museums. Please see the website for more information.
Tel: 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743)
The New Zealand Book Council represents and promotes New Zealand writing and writers. As well as producing a regular magazine and hosting a large database of New Zealand writers, the Council manages opportunities such as Writers in Schools, a regional touring programme and an international writers programme.
The New Zealand Film Commission provides development and production finance, as well as participating in the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films.
Tel: 04 382 7680 Fax: 04 384 9719
The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme promotes a deeper understanding between New Zealand and Japan through a programme of educational and cultural exchanges. For guidelines and an application form:
Lottery Community Facilities for cultural facilities.
Lottery Environment and Heritage for cultural heritage projects, including capital works, development of education centres in museums, exhibition materials to enhance the understanding of collections, costs of conservation of movable cultural property, marae and waka conservation projects, waihi tapu research projects, publications.
Lottery Youth - for developing young people's awareness of cultural identity and skills development outside the school environment. Lottery Youth defines young people as those under 25.
Lottery General for one-off projects of regional and national significance and those outside the scope of other distribution committees. Arts and film projects other than capital works projects are not usually funded.
Tel: 04-495 7200 Fax: 04-495 7225
The New Zealand Music Commission is committed to growing the NZ music business both at home and overseas.
Tel: 09 3760 115 Fax: 09 3760 116
The New Zealand Oral History Awards offer financial help for the recording of interviews relating to the history of New Zealand/Aotearoa and its close ties with the Pacific.
This organisation works to be the main representative for authors in New Zealand. Services the Society offer include a mentoring programme, manuscript appraisal, assessment services and information on literary awards, grants and fellowships.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is the national economic development agency, working with the private and public sectors to help businesses, industries and regions generate sustainable growth and overcome challenges and achieve success in export markets. They tailor their services and approach to meet the specific needs of clients.
Each year NZCT give around 2500 grants totalling between $40 and $45 million. Whilst the bulk of their grants go to sport, NZCT also provides funds for charitable purposes such as rescue and life-saving services, education, health, the arts, cultural and community groups.
NZCT funding goes back into the communities from which it was raised. NZCT has set up a number of Regional Advisory Committees around the country. These groups of reputable local people help with advice about recipients of funding in their area.
NZ on Air funds programming on both radio and television.
Tel: 04-382 9524 Fax: 04-382 9546
This international website hosts information on over 400 international arts residencies. The information includes residency criteria, the value of a residency, residency facilities and application deadlines. Reports from previous residents may also be available.
Te Māngai Pāho allocates funding to stimulate the growth and development of Maori language and Maori culture through quality broadcasting.
Tel: 04 915 0700 Fax: 04 915 0701
The Lion Foundation is one of New Zealand's oldest and most respected charitable trusts. In the past 25 years, it has returned over $540 million back to the community, supporting thousands of good causes right around New Zealand.
Work and Income provides assistance by way of the Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment (PACE) service for individuals who are pursuing or developing a career in the arts and cultural sector.
There are more arts resources in our Directory of arts links