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This page provides information and contact details for some of the main alternative funding sources.

Arts and heritage sector

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa supports and works with:

  • creative spaces
  • disabled artists
  • Arts in Corrections practitioners
  • arts organisations seeking to improve their accessibility.

Its website lists external funding these individuals and organisations can apply for.

Arts Access Aotearoa 

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand funds and provides opportunities for emerging and established artists, arts practitioners, groups, and organisations.

Creative New Zealand 

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand

DANZ’s (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) website lists external dance funding sources.


Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga offers funding to conserve and protect heritage places across Aotearoa New Zealand, including Māori heritage. Its website provides details of its heritage funding, Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants, and the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

New Zealand Film Commission

The New Zealand Film Commission provides grants, loans and equity investments to New Zealand filmmakers and businesses to help develop and produce feature films and short films. 

New Zealand Film Commission

New Zealand Music Commission

The New Zealand Music Commission is a government-funded organisation that promotes and supports the growth of New Zealand music and music businesses, both culturally and economically at home and abroad. It supports New Zealand musicians through three grant schemes: Outward Sound, Capability Quick Response and the Aotearoa Touring Programme.

New Zealand Music Commission

NZ On Air

NZ On Air’s funding supports scripted and non-fiction content (including music and songs, stories, podcasts, games, and interactive media) that reflects and develops New Zealand culture.

NZ On Air

Te Papa Tongarewa

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa invests in museums, galleries, and iwi tribes to foster growth and new connections across the sector. It does this through three grants: Helping Hands, Travel Subsidy and Professional Development.

Funding and grants (Te Papa)

Community trusts

You can find lists of community trusts on these two websites:

Connect with your local Community Foundation

Community Trusts

You can also find lists of community societies in your region here:  

Societies that Make Grants - New Zealand Index (DIA) 

Funding hubs and guides

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has a very helpful funding sources page which may be of help to rural communities and parties with heritage properties on or near DOC estates.

Funding sources (DOC)

Funding HQ

Funding HQ aims to build the fundraising capability of not-for-profits, local government and community organisations who need to raise funds of $50,000 or more It does this by providing an online fundraising training programme and coaching, and access to a comprehensive database of New Zealand funding sources.

Funding HQ’s website

Generosity New Zealand

Generosity New Zealand provides three online search tools that offer access to nearly $4 billion in funding in Aotearoa. The most relevant tool is givUS which lists grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and iwi.

Most public libraries provide free access to use the givUS tool or you can subscribe to it directly via Generosity New Zealand.

Generosity New Zealand

Lottery Grants Board

The Lottery Grants Board has a broad range of funds to support community services and projects.

Its Community Matters website offers advice, information, support, and resources to help people and organisations, and their communities, hapū and iwi, become strong and successful.

Community Matters

Managed estates

As well as enquiring about any grants or funds administered by local law firms, you may find it useful to check out these two potential funding sources:

Perpetual Guardian Grants

Find a grant or scholarship (Public Trust)

Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment   

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) administers funds relating to tourism and regional growth. We recommend visiting its main website as well as its regional website Grow Regions, which is the home for Kānoa – the Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit.


Grow Regions

Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand maintains an external funding directory to help individuals, community groups or organisations find financial support for their play, active recreation, sports projects and clubs, and related activities or services.

External funding (Sport New Zealand)

Mātauranga Māori

Te Māngai Pāho

Te Māngai Pāho is a Māori language government agency that invests in media that promotes Te Reo and Māori culture. It has funding available for producers and creators to create, deliver and promote Māori media projects, as well as for industry training and development.

Te Māngai Pāho

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Government’s principal policy adviser on Māori wellbeing and development. It has a range of funding to help Māori including Oranga Marae which supports the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga.

Te Puni Kōkiri’s website

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku programme

This programme provides $24.5 million to fund at least 18 diverse initiatives which will support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to safeguard at-risk mātauranga.