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Application assessment for the Museum Hardship Fund

How your application will be assessed.


Make sure you have reviewed the full criteria and you are sure your organisation and your proposal meets the eligible criteria.


It is also really important that you contact our Funding Advisor or your local Museum or Iwi Development Adviser to discuss your proposed application:

Kirsty Timu
Kaiwhakahaere Ratonga Putea | Funding Advisor, Museum Hardship Fund
Kirsty.timu@tepapa.govt.nz | 029 770 4106

Sally August
Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga | Museum Development Adviser, North Island
Sally.August@tepapa.govt.nz | 029 601 0370

Judith Taylor
Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga | Museum Development Adviser, South Island
JudithT@tepapa.govt.nz | 029 601 0410

Paora Tibble
Poutikanga ā-Iwi | Iwi Development Manager
Paora.Tibble@tepapa.govt.nz | 029 601 0440

If you represent a whānau or hapū caring for taonga you need to apply through your legally constituted iwi organisation. We encourage whānau and hapū to frame their application within the broader iwi strategy and consider how it helps to develop the iwi as a whole.

For further information or to discuss your application, contact Paora Tibble, Poutikanga ā-Iwi | Iwi Development Manager
on 029 601 0440 or freephone 0508 678 743.

If your organisation has already been awarded a Helping Hands Grant, Professional Development Grant, or Travel Subsidy Grant from National Services Te Paerangi within the current financial year you are still able to apply for the Museum Hardship Fund.

Assessment process

All applications received will be screened by National Services Te Paerangi for completeness.

Once it has been accepted as complete your application will be assessed by National Services Te Paerangi staff and three external advisers.

Applications will be assessed against criteria including:

  • Demonstrated loss of income (including hardship experienced as a  proportion of operating budget)
  • Demonstrated diminished public programme and access potential
  • Demonstrated diminished levels of care for collections and public access
  • Demonstrated potential and actual loss of key staff
  • Explanation of how organisational sustainability is at risk
  • Reasonable proof that you are unable to access other funding and/or professional support from other sources.

Important dates to know for round two

1 September 2021 Applications for round three open
29 October 2021  Applications for round three close
26 November 2021 All applicants advised of outcome
June 2022  First report due 
December 2022 Second report due 

Contact us

Phone: 0508 678 743
Email: natserv@tepapa.govt.nz