Funding opportunities

This page has information about funding opportunities and advice.

Pub Charity

Pub Charity is a charitable trust that supports communities all over New Zealand by awarding monthly donations, except in December. Pub Charity enables organisations to reach their ambitions and benefit the community they serve. Pub Charity returns millions of dollars to New Zealand communities from gaming machines. If you belong to a charitable organisation requiring funding then apply for a donation by picking up an application form from your local Pub Charity hotel/tavern or download one. Complete the form and send it, together with the required documents, to Pub Charity, PO Box 27 009, Wellington. For more information visit the website or call Pub Charity (T: 04 385 6100).                        

Creative Communities Scheme: arts at a local level

This scheme is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the 74 local authorities throughout New Zealand. It aims to increase participation in the arts at a local level, and increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities. Local decision-making is the key to the scheme and applications are considered by local assessment committees. All New Zealanders are eligible to apply. If you are interested in finding out more about this scheme, please contact your local district or city council.

Community Group Assistance Fund

The Auckland Council’s Community Group Assistance Fund aims to ensure a wide range of community activities, projects, programmes and events are supported. Grants range from $2500 to $25,000. For information on eligibility, how to apply, or if you require a hard copy then please visit the Auckland Council website or contact Britta Reinholz (T: 09 354 2057 E: ). 

Community and voluntary organisations that work on Waiheke Island are eligible for the Waiheke Island Community Group Assistance Fund.

Community Response Fund

The Community Response Fund (CRF) was established in May 2009 to help local social services deal with increased demand as a result of the recession. There will be three funding rounds throughout the 2011/12 year, with about $8 million available for each round. For more information on the fund and how to apply visit the Family & Community Services website.

Whānau Integration, Innovation and Engagement Fund

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is calling for applications for the Whānau Integration, Innovation and Engagement (WIIE) Fund which is available to support whānau to engage with each other, with other whānau, communities and providers. In 2010/2011, $6.6 million was available for WIIE activities that helped build whānau capability, strengthen whānau connections, support the development of whānau leadership, and enhance best outcomes for whānau. The fund is open to Whānau Ora providers selected through the Expressions of Interest process; as well as NGOs like iwi, hapū and runanga; whānau trusts; and marae committees. For full details visit the Te Puni Kōkiri website.

One Good Deed

The NZ Art Guild announces a new collaboration with the fundraising organisation One Good Deed (OGD), started in January 2011 as a way for artists to support each others’ dreams through fundraising.  A group of artists, spread throughout New Zealand, joined together to raise funds for Sharlene Schmidt to attend an artists residency in India in March. 

All questions and communications regarding OGD should be directed to Marimba Powley (E: ) or you can post them to PO Box 35098, Browns Bay, Auckland 0630. 

Funding Information Service

The Funding Information Service (FIS) is a not for profit organisation that provides a central and accessible hub of funding information for groups and individuals in New Zealand. This is done through three online, searchable databases: FundView, BreakOut and CorporateCitizens. These can be found on the FIS website. Subscriptions can be purchased to access the databases, or free access is available from most public libraries. For more information contact FIS head office (T: 04 471 8900 E: ).

ASB Community Trust

ASB Community Trust makes grants to not-for-profit community groups in Auckland and Northland. Using funds from the sale of its shareholding in the Auckland Savings Bank, the Trust has granted more than $675m since it was formed in 1988. Any incorporated or charitable trust in Auckland and Northland can apply for funds, provided they are a not-for-profit organisation. For more details about applying, visit the Trust’s website.

Arts Waikato

This community arts trust, based in Hamilton, supports non-profit arts groups and the creative sector with management, funding, planning, marketing advice, advocacy and networking. It offers scholarships for professional development in the arts and covers ten local authority areas in the Greater Waikato region. For more information, visit the Arts Waikato  website or contact Renee Casserly, Community Arts Advisor (T: 07-856 9731 E: ).

Check out the Cultural Funding Guide

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s website has a free funding advice service, designed to help you find the best funding match for your project. It provides links to the Funding Information Service website for information on making a funding application. For more information, email the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Good news about BreakOut

BreakOut is a searchable database of 2200 awards, scholarships and grants for artists, students, researchers, sports people and those wanting professional development opportunities. Located on the Funding Information Service website, the database will give you the best matches to suit your needs, along with closing dates, application requirements and contact details.

You have to pay a fee or annual subscription to access this database from the Funding Information Service website. However, the good news is that every region has public libraries or other organisations where you can use BreakOut free of charge. Click here to view the locations.


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