Arts & Culture Fund

This fund supports arts and cultural projects.

Wake Up Tomorrow by 'Everybody Cool Lives Here', NZ Fringe Festival 2015.

"Wake Up Tomorrow" by Everybody Cool Lives Here, NZ Fringe Festival 2015


We are looking for projects that best fit these four focus areas: the city as a hothouse for talent, Wellington as a region of confident identities, active and engaged people, and our creative future through technology.

Legally constituted community groups can make applications through the online funding portal until midnight on the closing day.  See the funding calendar for closing and decision dates.  Only project expenses that start after the decision date are eligible for funding.

First-time applicants

Read the information on this page, then register and apply online through our funding portal:
Funding Portal - Apply Online

Check your application status

If you've already applied for funding, you can log in to the funding portal to check the status of your application or add information.

Go to Funding Portal

About the fund

Find out when this funding is open:
Funding Calendar

This fund has four focus areas that can be supported - the city as a hothouse for talent, Wellington as a region of confident identities, active and engaged people, and our creative future through technology.

Past Allocations (154KB PDF)

Fund objectives

  • To support the city as a hothouse for talent
  • To reinforce Wellington as a region of confident identities
  • To support active and engaged people
  • To encourage our creative future through technology.


Your project makes a positive contribution to achieving the Council's Strategic outcomes:

    Towards 2040: Smart Capital strategy

  • People Centred City:  Contributes to healthy, vibrant, affordable and resilient communities, with a strong sense of identity and ‘place’ expressed through urban form, openness and accessibility.
  • Connected City:  Supports a city with easy physical and virtual access to regional, national and global networks.
  • Eco-City:  Allows the city to proactively respond to environmental challenges and seize opportunities to grow the green economy.
  • Dynamic Central City:  Supports a central city of creativity, exploration and innovation, helping Wellington to offer the lifestyle, entertainment and amenity of a much bigger city.

Long Term Plan 2012/22 priorities

  • An inclusive place where talent wants to live
  • A resilient city
  • A well managed city
  • Annual Plan priorities for the relevant year.

The project is Wellington-based and mainly benefits the people of Wellington. (exceptions may be made for projects based elsewhere in the region, but which significantly benefit Wellington City residents).

The applicant is a legally constituted community group or organisation.

The applicant provides evidence of sound financial management, good employment practice, clear and detailed planning, clear performance measures, and reporting processes.

The applicant outlines how physical accessibility has been built into project development.

The applicant outlines how pricing has been set to ensure access by a wide range of people or by the intended users. 

The project should show evidence of community support, collaboration, and building partnerships with other organisations (e.g. social media interest, letters of support from other organisations/leaders).

The applicant must show that the project discernibly improves community wellbeing and adds value to the range of similar types of services in the community. 

The Council acknowledges the significance of Māori cultural practice. Demonstrate how your project values and increases the visibility of Māori cultural traditions and contemporary applications.

To find out more about this criteria, see the application guide:

Arts and Culture Fund Guide (183KB PDF)

New and developmental arts projects

We can support new and developmental arts projects. Applicants will need to demonstrate the formative nature of the project.

Focus areas

The city as a hothouse for talent

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Ensure there is an appropriate range of platforms for local talent to present their works
  • Value new talent and connect it with support networks

Wellington as a region of confident identities

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Recognise and celebrate the role of mana whenua and Māori history in the city
  • Enable all ethnic, demographic and suburban communities to explore, celebrate and share their own cultural identity
  • Enable suburban and other geographical communities to undertake projects that explore, celebrate and share their own identity

Active and engaged people

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Support arts practitioners to work with communities to develop work of, by and for that community
  • Ensure the sustainability of organisations that facilitate and/or undertake activities within communities
  • Maximise the potential of arts and cultural activities to increase community connectedness, resilience and participation in community/city decision-making

Our creative future through technology

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Increase access to technology for use in the creation, distribution and marketing of creative products and services

More information

Felicity Birch, Arts Programme Advisor

Phone 04 803 8143

Funding Advisor

Phone 04 803 8562