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Other sources of funding

Options other than Creative New Zealand funding may be available to you.

Know of other funding avenues not listed here? If so, email them to website@creativenz.govt.nz

Pasifika artists should also read Support for Pacific Arts (pdf 1.8MB)

Asia New Zealand Foundation

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.

www.asianz.org.nz

AMP Scholarships - do your thing

AMP Scholarships were 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.

www.doyourthing.co.nz

The Big Idea Te Aria Nui

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.

www.thebigidea.co.nz

Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

Each year Creative New Zealand provides CCS funding to local and district councils throughout New Zealand to distribute in their area. The scheme supports more than 1,800 projects every year.

More about applying for a Creative Communities grant in your area

Crowdfunding and donations websites

Boosted.org.nz - A New Zealand arts dedicated crowd funding platform. Boosted provides artists’, arts professionals and organisations with campaign support and resources 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 open to New Zealand projects.

Philanthropy New Zealand - Philanthropy New Zealand is the hub of philanthropy in New Zealand. 

The Department of Internal Affairs - Community Matters

communitymatters.govt.nz

This department has a range of resources and grant programmes including:

  • Community Internship Programme (CIP) which funds hapū, iwi or community groups to employ skilled professionals to work as an intern with the community group for three to six months.
  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) which can contribute to the personnel, operating or programme costs of non-profit community organisations that provide social services. Community based projects are also eligible if they:
    • encourage participation in communities
    • promote community leadership
    • promote social, economic and cultural equity.
  • Community Development Scheme (CDS) supports community, hapū, iwi, Pacific and ethnic groups to work together, generate their own solutions to local issues, and work towards becoming more self-reliant and resilient. Grants are available to employ and suppor a community development worker to carry out the project and/or to contribute towards project costs and organisational overheads that relate to carrying out the project.

The Department of Internal Affairs also manages a number of trusts for example:

  • The NZ Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which can provide grants to undertake projects overseas
  • Pacific Development and Conservation Trust which distributes grants to groups and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.

District and city councils

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 www.localcouncils.govt.nz

Funding information service

The Funding Information Service has two subscriber databases for funding searches.

  • FundView is for community group funding. You can use FundView at no cost.
  • BreakOut provides information on scholarships and awards for individuals.

These databases can also be viewed at some citizens advice bureaus, public libraries, local authority offices and offices of the Department of Internal Affairs.

History Research Trust Fund

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.

www.mch.govt.nz

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education provides funding for regional or national arts co-ordinators and for providers of learning experiences outside the classroom.

www.minedu.govt.nz

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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.:

www.mch.govt.nz/funding-nz-culture/search-funding

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

The MBIE Fund Finder tells you what funding is available in the science and innovation ecosystem, for research or building your business.

http://www.msi.govt.nz/get-funded/fund-finder

Ministry for Pacific Communities

MPIA has information 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.

http://www.mpia.govt.nz/funding

National Services Te Paerangi

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.

www.nationalservices.tepapa.govt.nz

New Zealand Book Council

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.

www.bookcouncil.org.nz

New Zealand Film Commission | Te Tumu Whakakaata Taonga

The New Zealand Film Commission provides development and production finance, as well as participating in the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films.

www.nzfilm.co.nz

New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme

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:

www.ilep.ac.nz

New Zealand Lottery Grants Board | Te Poari Rota

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.

www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants---Lottery-grants

New Zealand Music Commission

The New Zealand Music Commission is committed to growing the NZ music business both at home and overseas.

www.nzmusic.org.nz

New Zealand Oral History Awards

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.

More on the Ministry of Culture and Heritage site

New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ INC)

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.

www.authors.org.nz

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

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.

www.nzte.govt.nz

NZ Community Trust

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.

www.nzct.org.nz

NZ on Air | Irirangi Te Motu

NZ on Air funds programming on both radio and television.

www.nzonair.govt.nz

Res Artis

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.

www.resartis.org/en

Te Māngai Pāho

Te Māngai Pāho allocates funding to stimulate the growth and development of Maori language and Maori culture through quality broadcasting.

www.tmp.govt.nz

The Lion Foundation

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.

www.lionfoundation.org.nz

Work and Income

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.

www.workandincome.govt.nz

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