Generosity NZ is the largest digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa.
Creative New Zealand subscribes to two of Generosity NZ's databases
- giveUs (link) which lists resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs
- giveMe (link) which offers access to scholarships and awards for individuals
To access them through Creative New Zealand's subscription
- Register (link), then create your own password
You can also view these databases at some citizens advice bureaus, public libraries, local authority offices and offices of the Department of Internal Affairs.
Funding opportunities offered by foundations, societies, trusts, and organisations other than Creative New Zealand
- Apra Amcos | Te Tautāwhinga (link)
Supports music creators through music licencing, representation, advocacy, commissions, and sponsorship
- Asia New Zealand Foundation (link)
Delivers an arts programme that brings Asia into the mainstream of New Zealand arts. It includes funding for arts practitioners, professional arts organisations, and event organisers, plus residencies and curated tours to Asia.
CommunityNet Aotearoa (link)
An online hub of resources to strengthen organisations and communities. It lists community trusts in each region, who distribute funding for the benefit of their communities.
- Crowdfunding and donations websites
- Boosted.org.nz (link) – Provides artists, arts professionals and organisations with campaign support and resources to reach their funding targets, as well as assistance with their ongoing goals.
- Give a Little (link) – Connects New Zealand causes with online donors.
- PledgeMe (link) – Users can post project ideas online for people to help fund in return for a creative reward.
- Indiegogo (link) – An international crowdfunding website.
- Kickstarter (link) – An international crowdfunding website open to New Zealand projects.
- Earle Creativity Trust (link)
Funds specific local projects within the arts and technical sciences in the Manawatū and Rangitīkei region.
- Foundation North (link)
Funds services, programmes and events that enhance the lives of people in Auckland and Northland communities.
- Four Winds Foundation (link)
Offers funding for non-profit and charitable organisations to deliver philanthropic, amateur sporting, arts, and cultural activities, or things that provide benefit to a significant portion of the community in a non-commercial sense.
- FundingHQ (link)
A New Zealand funding capability and support platform for not-for-profits, Local Government and community organisations looking to raise funds $50,000 or more.
- Grassroots Trust (link)
Offers funding to local communities for amateur sport, education, and various charitable community initiatives.
- Mātātuhi Foundation (link)
Offers funding to develop the literary landscape in New Zealand.
- MusicHelps | ĀwhinaPuoro (link)
Offers funding to develop and support programmes that use music to help people who are at risk, vulnerable and experiencing health issues.
- New Zealand Community Trust (link)
Offers funding for amateur sport and other causes, including rescue and lifesaving services, community groups, education, and culture.
- New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (link)
Offers awards, grants, fellowships, and support services for New Zealand writers.
- Nikau Foundation (link)
Supports local non-profits to make a transformational impact in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Wainuiomata, Porirua, Kāpiti or Wairarapa.
- Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) (link)
Supports the touring of professional New Zealand theatre, music, and dance.
- Perpetual Guardian (link)
Distributes over $40 million of community funding and grants on behalf of clients and donors each year, to organisations with a community project or charity.
- Public Trust (link)
Lists charitable trusts who offer grants and scholarships. Search by sector or region for individuals or organisations.
- Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) (link)
Offers the International Career Development Fund which supports people to participate in an international course, fellowship, or internship.
- Rātā Foundation (link)
Supports community organisations to benefit people in Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough, and Chatham Islands.
- Recorded Music (link)
Offers funding towards educational, archival, conservation and charitable based projects.
- SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music (link)
Offers commissioning opportunities for New Zealand composers and jazz ensembles.
- The Sunrise Foundation (link)
Supports charities and community organisations that have a charitable purpose in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne.
- Te Mātāwai (link)
Offers Kāhui-based investment programmes designed to support Māori language revitalisation among kāinga, hapori and iwi.
- Wellington Jazz Festival (link)
Commissions new work from New Zealand jazz composers.
Funding opportunities offered by New Zealand Government ministries, and agencies other than Creative New Zealand
- Charities Services, Ngā Rātonga Kaupapa Atawhai (link)
Lists organisations who offer funding specifically to Māori organisations.
- Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) (link)
CCS is Creative New Zealand funding delivered through city and district councils to help fund local arts projects. Applications are made directly to your local council and funding round dates vary.
- The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua (DIA)
- Community Matters (link), offers grants, fellowships, scholarships and resources for funders, communities, individuals, and organisations.
- Funding for communities from the proceeds of gaming machines (link)
- Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (link)
Offers funding for Waitangi Day celebrations, history research, oral histories, and the regeneration of mātauranga associated with Te Kāhui o Matariki.
- Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) (link)
Offers support towards major events, and creative and cultural events.
- Ministry of Education – Creatives in Schools (link)
The Creatives in Schools programme is a partnership between Creative New Zealand, Ministry of Education NZ, and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. It partners artists and creative practitioners with teachers and kaiako to deliver high-quality arts projects with students and ākonga of all ages.
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (link)
Offers funding and support for New Zealand museums and galleries.
- New Zealand Film Commission Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga (link)
Provides development and production finance for film productions, as well as participating in the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films.
- New Zealand Music Commission Te Reo Reka O Aotearoa (link)
Offers funding to New Zealand music artists and organisations for capability building, national touring and participation in international markets.
- NZ on Air (link)
Offers funding for public interest journalism, scripted and factual audio-visual content and music recording and promotion.
- Te Māngai Pāho (link)
Offers funding to stimulate the growth and development of Māori language and Māori culture through quality broadcasting.
- Te Puni Kōkiri (link)
Offers information, funding, services, and opportunities to support Māori wellbeing and development.
Funding opportunities and resources listed on Local Government webpages
- Ashburton District Council (link)
- Auckland Council (link)
- Buller District Council (link)
- Carterton District Council (link)
- Central Hawkes Bay District (link)
- Central Otago District Council (link)
- Chatham Islands Council (link)
- Christchurch City Council (link)
- Clutha District Council (link)
- Dunein City Council (link)
- Far North District Council (link)
- Gisborne District Council (link)
- Gore District Council (link)
- Grey District Council (link)
- Hamilton City Council (link)
- Hastings District Council (link)
- Hauraki District Council (link)
- Horowhenua District Council (link)
- Hurunui District Council (link)
- Hutt City Council (link)
- Invercargill City Council (link)
- Kaikōura District Council (link)
- Kaipara District Council (link)
- Kāpiti Coast District Council (link)
- Kawerau District Council (link)
- Mackenzie District Council (link)
- Manawatū District Council (link)
- Marlborough District Council (link)
- Masterton District Council (link)
- Matamata-Piako District (link)
- Napier City Council (link)
- Nelson City Council (link)
- New Plymouth District Council (link)
- Ōpōtiki District Council (link)
- Ōtorohanga District Council (link)
- Palmerston North City (link)
- Porirua City Council (link)
- Queenstown Lakes District (link)
- Rangitikei District Council (link)
- Rotorua District Council (link)
- Ruapehu District Council (link)
- Selwyn District Council (link)
- South Taranaki District (link)
- South Waikato District Council (link)
- South Wairarapa District (link)
- Southland District Council (link)
- Stratford District Council (link)
- Tararua District Council (link)
- Tasman District Council (link)
- Taupō District Council (link)
- Tauranga City Council (link)
- Thames-Coromandel District (link)
- Timaru District Council (link)
- Upper Hutt City Council (link)
- Waikato District Council (link)
- Waimakariri District Council (link)
- Waimate District Council (link)
- Waipa District Council (link)
- Wairoa District Council (link)
- Waitaki District Council (link)
- Waitomo District Council (link)
- Wellington City Council (link)
- Western Bay of Plenty District (link)
- Westland District Council (link)
- Whakatāne District Council (link)
- Whanganui District Council (link)Whangārei District Council (link)
- Adam Portraiture Award (link)
A biennial award for portraiture held at The New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
- Alana Haines Australasian Awards (link)
For young dancers aged 11-21 years.
- Arts Council Nelson | Pushing Clay Uphill Forsyth Barr Ceramics Award and Exhibition (link)
A cash prize of $8,000 open to anyone currently living in New Zealand. Artworks must predominantly feature clay.
- Dame Malvina Major Foundation (link)
Supports young New Zealanders of outstanding ability in the performing arts who are preparing for a professional career. Currently available for young performers in the Auckland and Waikato, Taranaki, Wellington, and Christchurch regions.
- Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award (link)
A competition that encourages emerging Māori artists to create portraits of their tūpuna (ancestors) in any medium. Hosted and administered by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata in honour of Kiingi Tuheitia.
- Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize (link)
For published and unpublished New Zealand authors. Delivered by New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ).
- Lilian Ida Smith Award (link)
To assist people aged 35-years and over to embark upon or further a literary career. Delivered by New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ).
- Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel (link)
For published and unpublished New Zealand authors of adult fiction. Delivered by New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ).
- Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (link)
A competition dedicated to excellence across contemporary and traditional painting and drawing and 3D genres as part of the Summer Arts events in Whakatane.
- National Contemporary Art Award (link)
For New Zealand artists to present their works within an overview of New Zealand artistic practice, hosted by the Waikato Museum.
- National Youth Art Awards (link)
An annual exhibition and awards open to 13 to 25-year-olds, by the Waikato Society of Arts.
- New Zealand Painting and Printing Art Award (link)
For New Zealand painting and printmaking artists. Administered by the Waikato Society of Arts.
- Olivia Spencer Bower Award (link)
For emerging New Zealand painters and sculptors.
- Parkin Drawing Award (link)
An award for drawing in all its forms.
- Quartz Museum, Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award (link)
An award to encourage, foster and promote emerging practitioners of studio ceramics, and to present talent which has not been identified previously.
- SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music – Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha (link)
An award to recognise and reward creativity, excellence, and inspiration in music composition by a New Zealander.
- SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music – New composition award for a text in Te Reo Māori (link)
An award to encourage young composers to write choral settings of texts in te reo Māori as part of The Big Sing secondary schools choral festival.
Offered by organisations other than Creative New Zealand
- ArtUniverse (link)
Offers full and partial scholarship for in-class and blended courses in performing arts, theatre directing, visual and multimedia arts.
- Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship (link)
Awarded bi-annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dance talent in New Zealand with an appropriate university, polytechnic, dance school or academy, or for those dancing with a professional body or company.
- New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) – Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship (link)
For writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama who are currently working on a new project.
- University of Otago – Robert Burns Fellowship (link)
An annual fellowship that aims to encourage and promote imaginative New Zealand literature and to associate writers with the University.
- University of Otago – Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance (link)
An annual fellowship for community dance practitioners, teachers, and researchers from New Zealand and overseas who have a proposed programme of activity, or project, that furthers Caroline's belief and aspirations for community dance in New Zealand.
- University of Otago – Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (link)
An annual fellowship to aid and encourage painters, sculptors, and multi-media artists.
- University of Otago – Mozart Fellowship (link)
An annual fellowship to aid and encourage composers of music in the practice and advancement of their art.
- University of Waikato – Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship (link)
Supports growth and excellence in sport, creative and performing arts, academia, and leadership.
Offered by organisations other than Creative New Zealand
- Arts Centre Arts Four Creative Residency Programme (link)
Support artists practicing in a range of artforms to create new work, build connections with each other, and engage with local arts communities and audiences at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
- Auckland Council Regional Parks Artist in Residence (link)
Supports an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park. The artist in residence creates new work influenced in some way by the park, which is shared with the public.
- Caselberg Trust Creative Connections Residency (link)
For artists, writers, composers, and creative practitioners to complete their projects in a harbourside cottage and studio on the Otago Peninsula.
- Creative New Zealand / New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī – Jazz Composer-in-Residence (link)
For established jazz composers to work towards a new album of original compositions.
- Creative New Zealand / New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī – Music Composer-in-Residence (link)
For established composers working in any genre (including classical composition, jazz composition, sonic arts, taonga pūoro composition, etc.) who have a track record of substantial compositional activity over a period of years.
- Lisa Chandler artist residency @ no.15 (link)
A self-funded and self-directed residency for professional visual artists, photographers, writers, creative thinkers, and researchers.
- McCahon House Residency (link)
For New Zealand visual artists.
- Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency at Government House (link)
Supports the development of Māori and Pasifika visual arts and creative practices. Administered by Massey University.
- Michael King Writers Centre Residencies (link)
For New Zealand writers to work on their projects in fiction, drama, creative writing, or non-fiction.
- Pasifika Aniva Arts Residency (link)
A three-month residency for a Pasifika artist or practitioner who identifies as LGBTQiA+ or MVPFAFF in Pasifika communities. The residency is funded by Creative New Zealand through the Pacific Arts Strategy 2018 - 2021 and delivered by Pātaka Art + Museum.
- Randell Cottage Residency (link)
For New Zealand writers and French nationals.
- Res Artis (link)
An international website that hosts information about 400+ international arts residencies.
- Robert Lord Cottage Residency (link)
A rent-free residency for writers at Robert Lord’s worker’s cottage in Dunedin.
- Te Whare Hēra Artist Residency (link)
For New Zealand artists to research, develop and produce new work, make connections, exchange ideas, and collaborate.
- Toi Pōneke Arts Centre residencies (link)For Wellington-based creative professionals to develop their practice in sound art, dance, production design, screenwriting, film production, visual arts, deaf and disabled arts, and Māori arts.
- Tylee cottage artist-in-residence programme (link)
For a New Zealand artist to develop new work. Administered by the Sarjeant Gallery.
- University of Otago College of Education / Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence (link)
For established New Zealand children's writers to work full time among colleagues concerned with the teaching of reading and literature to children.
- Verb Wellington Writer’s Residency (link)
For New Zealand artists to focus on their writing at the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden.
Offered by organisations other than Creative New Zealand
- Depot Artspace – ArtsLab (link) – a capability programme for job seekers with a track record in the arts who are looking to find employment in a creative or non-creative area to supplement income from a creative practice.
- Home Ground (link)
A collaborative creativity and wellbeing initiative for women who have experienced incarceration or are engaged in the justice system.
- New Zealand Film Commission – Hunga Taunaki ā Rorohiko Online Mentorship Programme (link)
A mentoring programme for mid-career storytellers to develop sustainable and successful career pathways.
- New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (link)
Promotes a deeper understanding between New Zealand and Japan through a programme of educational and cultural exchanges.
- New Zealand Music Commission – Industry Internship Programme (link)
To help emerging music professionals and recent tertiary graduates gain experience and kick-start their careers in the music sector.
- New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) (link)
Mentoring programmes, manuscript appraisal and assessment services and information on literary awards, grants, and fellowships.
- New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (link)
Works with private and public sectors to help businesses, industries and regions generate sustainable growth and overcome challenges and achieve success in export markets.
- Performing Arts Network of New Zealand Network (PANNZ) – Arts Market (link)
Promotes and encourages a sustainable performing arts touring network and facilitates and develops communications networks within the professional performing arts community in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa (PNZ) (link)
Offers a hub for philanthropy in New Zealand by providing leadership and practical help for anyone with an interest in giving to make the world a better place.
- Match | Te Puna Taurite (link)
An online service that helps both those seeking and distributing philanthropic funding in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Regional Arts Network Aotearoa (link)
A collective of regional arts organisations that provide support for arts, culture, and heritage development throughout Aotearoa.
- The Big Idea Te Aria Nui (link)
A resource of creative opportunities, jobs, news, events, and inspiration, including the Toipoto – Creative Career Development Programme (link)
- Wayfind Creative (link) – a free programme for creatives in Tāmaki Makauru Auckland looking to develop the non-creative skills required to sustain a viable career in the creative sector. Delivered by Depot Artspace, supported by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Ministry of Social Development.
- Women in Film and Television, Ngā Wāhine o Te Aro Whitiāhua (link)
A mentoring programme for talented filmmakers to reach the next stage in their creative careers.