Professional Development Grant

Access museum or gallery training programmes – local or international.

Maximum funding request: $1,000 including GST


We welcome applications from museums and galleries, iwi, hapū and whānau caring for taonga.

You must represent a legally constituted non-profit organisation, such as an incorporated society, charitable trust or iwi authority.

You can make one application per financial year (1 July – 30 June).

Funding can support:

  • travel and registration costs associated with museum or gallery-specific professional development opportunities offered in New Zealand or overseas, for example, National Services Te Paerangi workshops, ICOM conferences, Museum Association and related conferences and training opportunities, short courses on museum-related topics.

Funding cannot support:

  • miscellaneous expenses such as accommodation costs during the course of the training programme

  • travel and registration costs associated with professional development that is not museum or gallery-specific

  • travel insurance.

Sharing your new knowledge

On application, you must provide information about how your training opportunity will be shared with and/or benefit the sector.

For example, you could:

  • deliver a presentation to regional museum staff

  • write a blog post either for, or to be shared on, the National Services Te Paerangi blog

  • write a paper

  • create a resource

  • deliver a workshop.

How to apply

Please apply at least two months before your intended professional development commences. We consider applications at any time but operate on a first come, first served basis and can support only five Professional Development Grants each financial year.

Download and complete the application form below, then send it with your supporting documentation by email to:

Professional Development Grant Application Form (139.04 KB)

Apply by 5 May if you wish to receive a grant in the same financial year.

We will contact you with the outcome of your application within 20 working days of receipt. All decisions made by our assessment panel are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Contact us

Phone: 0508 678 743

Payment of an approved grant

If your grant is approved you will be sent invoicing instructions, including a purchase order number, to enable your organisation to uplift the funds. The invoice must be from your organisation as we are unable to pay suppliers directly.

When your funding is expended, it is important that you send copies of all relevant receipts or invoices to for filing.

Standard Te Papa terms are payment 20th of the month following the invoice date.

Required acknowledgement

As a grant recipient, you are required to acknowledge the support received from National Services Te Paerangi, for example, in your organisation’s newsletter or website. We can provide a logo and usage guidelines.