Here are details about the various types of funding provided by the Ministry.
Search for funding
This section features the Cultural Funding Guide that you can search online. It covers awards for both individuals and organisations. Developed in conjunction with Creative New Zealand, Te Papa's National Services Te Paerangi and Generosity New Zealand, it is a comprehensive guide to funding within the cultural sector.
For arts, culture and heritage funding, visit our search for funding section.
For sports funding, visit Sport New Zealand's online directory of potential funding sources.
Ministry grants & awards
We offer three contestable funds including the New Zealand History Research Trust and New Zealand Oral History awards for history projects. The Commemorating Waitangi Day fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi while promoting nation and community building. All three awards are offered on an annual basis, so check this website for information about application dates.
More about Ministry grants & awards.
The Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (the RCHF) replaces the Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects. The RCHF will benefit a wider range of cultural organisations throughout New Zealand: in the broader art gallery and museums sector (including iwi museums/whare taonga), the performing arts, and the heritage sector. The RCHF’s focus will be on capital projects outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.
More about the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
Agencies we fund
We manage government funding provided to some of New Zealand's most iconic and popular cultural organisations. These range from the Royal New Zealand Ballet to Heritage New Zealand. The Ministry provides advice to our Ministers on the performance of organisations and also work with the boards and management of these agencies. You will find information about agencies' boards and how you can submit your details to the Ministry's Appointments and Governance team.
For information about Crown funding received by the Ministry, visit our funding page.
More about agencies we fund.