Museum Hardship Fund Examples

Below are some examples of Museum Hardship Fund applications that would be considered eligible. 

•    A whānau is concerned about the condition of the original portraits of their tūpuna hanging on the walls of their local marae. Due to the COVID19 lock-down restrictions, the whānau were unable to access the marae to open the doors and ventilate the area resulting in the photographs being subject to high temperatures and humidity. As a result, they now require urgent attention and the whānau are seeking funds to assist in their taonga conservation initiatives. Normally the whānau would apply for funds from a local grant provider. However the local grant giver has been oversubscribed and has closed applications. The whānau are looking at making an application for the Museum Hardship Fund, but because they do not hold legal status as a legal entity they will have to apply through their Iwi authority. They are applying for funds to assist them in making additional copies of the portraits, buy conservation materials to protect the originals, and to purchase high quality frames to allow the tūpuna portraits to be hung up again on the walls of the marae.

•    A museum or gallery has just received their insurance bill for the year ahead – they have also asked their power supplier to estimate their power costs for the next six months.  Combined these fixed costs are a very big drain on their financial resources which have already reduced significantly due to decreased income from admissions and programmes. The museum has been notified that anticipated grant income will not be available due to local funders delaying normal funding rounds. They are applying for the bill that is due now and for the estimated bills. 

•    A museum has been paying rent on an off-site store to house collections and their annual rent and security services bill is now due. The regional council has reduced operational funding and admission, retail and venue hire income is significantly less. They are applying for their storage site rent and security service to be covered.

•    A museum wants to undertake a conservation survey of the collection because some deterioration and pest activity that went undetected during the COVID19 level 4 restrictions has now been noticed. They want to put new collection care processes in place and plan a new storage area. They are applying for providers to do this work. Their local sponsor cannot support this work at this time so they are applying for funds. 

•    A hapū has just hired someone to work on cataloguing whakapapa files held at the Iwi Rūnanga office to enable better access to all of the information held within the files. They were planning to hold a series of fundraising events and markets to help pay the kaimahi wages.  All their planned events were cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions. Past fundraising events were really successful and they can easily demonstrate the opportunity cost. They are applying for a portion of the wages. 

•    A museum or gallery determines that they don’t have an adequate framework for governance as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, and they are questioning their sustainability. They want to get a suitable contractor in to look at how their whole museum operation can be more robust and sustainable. They need assistance to clearly define their future direction. 

•    A museum or gallery has a part time staff member who cares for collections. A significant part of their role is responding to enquiries about the collections and making them available to researchers and family historians. The organisation is in a traditionally high tourism area and has always funded all their activities through admission charges and tours with no funding support from their local government. They have applied for the wage subsidy to cover the wages of the part time worker but that is now running out. They are applying for the wages to be covered for a 12 month period.