Application for the Museum Hardship Fund


There are two ways to apply for the Museum Hardship Fund. You can apply through the form on this page, or download the Word document below and send it via email or post, to:

Museum Hardship Fund Application
National Services Te Paerangi
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
PO Box 467 

Section 1: Applicant details
Files must be less than 10 MB.
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Is your organisation registered for GST? If yes, what is your GST number?
If your most recent annual accounts show current funds of $20,000 or above, indicate how this money is tagged (other projects, running costs, etc.).
Section 2: Hardship details
Include hardship experienced as a proportion of operating budget, projected ongoing consequences for the organisation’s financial sustainability, impact on collection care and access, impact on staff, impact on public programming and the opportunity costs of Covid-19 recovery.
Section 3: Proposed use of grant
Overview of proposed use of grant. What type of application is it? (A. Compensation for hardship. B. Sustainable practice.) Please refer to the Museum Hardship Fund Criteria for clarification if unsure.
Section 4: Funding
(In $, and please indicate GST incl./excl.)
What other sources of funding have you sought from other parties for this proposal? What is the amount requested? Please indicate the result of any applications and provide evidence of any grants received.
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Please comment on the extent and type of community support for your organisation.
Section 5: Terms and conditions

1. Museum Hardship Fund is a contestable discretionary fund. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa may decline, scale back, or decide to grant funds as a result of this application. The funding decision will reflect the assessment of the application’s merits against the assessment criteria, and may also be influenced by the extent and quality of other funding applications received.

2. The funding decision is final, no correspondence shall be entered into once it has been communicated.

3. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa reserves the right to seek more information from the applicant before sending the application to the Museum Hardship Fund Assessment Panel, and will defer if necessary until the panel has received all information requested.

Section 6: Declaration

This declaration must be accepted by the applicant identified in Section 1 on behalf of their organisation:

By signing below, I/we acknowledge that:

1. The information provided in this application form is true and accurate, and no information has been deliberately omitted or withheld from the application.

2. The information contained in the application and information subsequently generated in relation to the application may be released, if required, under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). Further information on the OIA is available at

3. I/we have the authority to commit to this application and am/are eligible for funding in accordance with the Museum Hardship Fund Eligibility Criteria.

4. Personal information collected as part of the application process will be used for the purposes of administering the fund. In submitting an application, the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa may disclose to, or obtain from, any other government department or agency, private person or organisation, personal or other information for the purposes of gaining or providing information for the funding application.

5. Should your organisation be successful in obtaining a grant, details including your organisation’s name and address, and the funding allocated will be published on the Museum Hardship Fund pages on the Te Papa website. This information may also appear in media releases that may be published by media outlets.