Funding and sponsorshipTe whai pūtea me te pūtea tautoko

Find funding for your museum or gallery, and increase your chances of being funded.

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How to find and apply for funding
Funding sources and links

How to find and apply for funding

Seeking funding for projects is something all museums have to do. There are many sources available. Which ones should you approach? How should you approach them? This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, offers practical funding advice.

Tapping into Funding Sources (1.96 MB)

Collecting Fundraising Data – a template (259.78 KB)


Sponsorship plays a vital role in arts, culture, and heritage funding. This guide suggests practical steps you can take to identify and work with sponsors for your museum or heritage service.

Making Sponsorship Work for You – He Rauemi Resource Guide (833.89 KB)

Case studies: Grant applications

These videos feature past National Services Te Paerangi grants recipients talking about their successful applications.

Strategic Project Grants – Catherine Hammond, Auckland Art Gallery

Catherine talks about Auckland Art Gallery’s Strategic Project Grant from National Services Te Paerangi. Catherine gives some tips on how to make a good grant application for a collaborative project.

Helping Hands Grants – Celia Walker, Devonport Museum

Celia talks about the Devonport Museum's Helping Hands Grant from National Services Te Paerangi. Celia gives some tips on what makes a good grant application.

Funding sources and links

National Services Te Paerangi grants

We offer a range of grants to help museums, galleries, and iwi strengthen their organisations and access professional development.

Cultural Funding Guide

Find funding for your arts, cultural, or heritage project by searching the Cultural Funding Guide’s online database.

Search for funding opportunities

The funding search was developed jointly by National Services Te Paerangi, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Creative New Zealand, and the Funding Information Service.

givUs (Generosity)

givUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and iwi.


Creative NZ

Browse a variety of opportunities, including funding for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups, and organisations.

Creative NZ – funding

Inland Revenue (IR)

Information about registering as a charitable organisation

Information about registering as a donee organisation