Arts and Culture Fund

This fund supports arts and cultural projects that deliver outcomes that support the Aho Tini vision and focus areas.

Fund details

Closing date: Thursday 24 March 2022 
Contact: Sascha Perfect, Senior Arts Advisor: Sascha.Perfect@wcc.govt.nz
Past allocations: Past allocations (408KB PDF)


We know these are enormously testing times for us all, and for our arts and culture sector in particular. With this in mind, we will continue to focus on maintaining the fabric of our arts and cultural infrastructure alongside considering how our funding can contribute to the sustainability and resilience of artists and organisations in Wellington.  

If you have any questions about our funding please contact us via funding@wcc.govt.nz.  

About the fund 

The strategic priorities for this fund have been drawn from the vision and four focus areas detailed in Aho Tini 2030: Arts, Culture and Creativity Strategy.

Aho Tini vision and focus areas 

The rich cultural traditions and identity of our capital city inspire our exciting and innovative arts, culture and creativity. Wellingtonians can access and participate in arts and culture, and explore their creativity. Together, in partnership with the arts, culture and creative sectors and with mana whenua and Māori, creativity, collaboration and innovation are woven through everything we do.

  • Aho Tangata/Our people - connected, engaged, inclusive, accessible communities - our communities are connected by diverse arts and cultural expression.
  • Aho Hononga/Partnership with mana whenua and Māori - we honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Council’s partnership with mana whenua and Māori in the outcomes we deliver.
  • Aho Whenua/Our places, spaces and venues - our city is alive - the city is alive with the possibility of art around every corner.
  • Aho Mahi/Pathways - Successful arts and creative sector, and careers - Wellington is an incredible place to create, live, learn and work.

Applicants for this fund must be a legal entity. Groups or organisations that are not a legal entity can apply using an umbrella agreement with another organisation. See Independent sector below.

Applications can be made 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

Eligibility

  • The application is from a legal entity. 
  • The project is Wellington-based and mainly benefits the people of Wellington. 
  • Projects must demonstrate how they will address barriers to inclusion for disabled people. 
  • The project should show evidence of community support, collaboration, and builds partnerships with groups, organisations, practitioners or communities. 
  • Applicants demonstrate partnerships with mana whenua – upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, weaving Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori into the social, cultural , environmental, and economic development of our city, and restoring the city’s connection with Papatūānuku (nature).

Priorities

Aho Tangata/Our people– connected, engaged, inclusive, accessible communities

Our communities are connected by diverse arts and cultural expression

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Reflect the increasing diversity of our communities, and encourage access, availability and participation in arts and culture.
  • Celebrate ngā toi Māori and te reo Māori with Wellington communities.
  • Enhance local vibrancy for, and with, communities in the central city and neighbourhoods.

Aho Hononga/Partnership with mana whenua and Māori

We honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Council's partnership with mana whenua and Māori in the outcomes we deliver.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Tell stories of our region and country with mana whenua and Māori.
  • Ensure that ngā toi Māori and te reo Māori are highly visible.
  • Encourage respectful use of tikanga.

Aho Whenua/Our places, spaces and venues - our city is alive

The city is alive with the possibility of art around every corner

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Improve access to affordable, accessible, and fit-for-purpose venues, places and spaces.
  • Build the presence of ngā toi Māori and te reo Māori and how they are seen, felt and heard in our city.
  • Share Wellington’s and the nation’s stories across our cityscape.
  • Ensure creative thinking and practitioners are involved early in our major infrastructure projects.
  • Support creativity through simple, efficient, enabling processes.

Aho Mahi/Pathways - successful arts and creative sector, and careers

Wellington is an incredible place to create, live, learn and work

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Work with partners to build capacity, access, availability, and grow the arts and creative sector.
  • Support emerging and growing creative businesses, including from under-represented and marginalised groups.
  • Attract, develop and sustain talent.
  • Make Wellington the best place in Aotearoa for young creatives to live, learn and grow.
  • Empower the capital city to be the home of mana whenua and Māori arts.
  • Support the arts and creative sector to provide local and global leadership in arts, culture and creativity.
  • Support contemporary art and its practice across all art forms. 

Independent sector

Part of the Aho Tini strategy is to give support to non-institutional ‘independent’ artists and groups and this grants round will include $100,000 for this independent sector, particularly those who are not in receipt of recurring funding from Council or Government Arts funders.   While we still require a legal entity to be the grant recipient we do accept applications with umbrella (or fiscal sponsor) agreements in place. 

For individuals or groups who are newly formed or not affiliated with a legal entity we have partnered with a number of entities who can provide an ‘umbrella relationship’ for applications to the Arts and Culture Fund.  These are all not for profit organisations, your budget may need to include a small percentage to support their administration and other costs in supporting successful applications. We accept applications using umbrellas of any legal entity, for applicants who have relationships with other organisations. 

Umbrella Organisations and Trusts  

For independent theatre and performing artists:
Capital Theatre Productions Trust
Contact: Dawn Sanders
Email: action-sanders@xtra.co.nz 

For independent musicians and performing artists:
Creative Capital Arts Trust
Contact: Kim Bailey
Email: admin@ccat.org.nz  

For independent musicians, visual artists, writers and performing artists:
Pirate and Queen Limited
Contact: Andrew Laking
Email: andrew@pirateandqueen.co.nz 

For independent toi Māori practitioners working in visual arts, multi-media arts, performing arts, sculptural arts, jewellery, carving, weaving, Tā Moko, music, traditional waka, theatre & literature.
Toi Māori Aotearoa
Contact: Dr Anna-Marie White
Contact: anna-marie@maoriart.org.nz

For independent film, visual, live and performance art projects or workshops:
Wellington Independent Arts Trust
Contact: Jan Bieringa
Email: jan@bwx.co.nz   

Support for Professional Performing Arts

An additional $100,000 is available to professional performing arts companies or organisations applying to the Arts and Culture Fund. Please note that funding for 2021/22 (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022) has been fully allocated.

To be considered, performing arts organisations must:

  • meet the funding criteria of the Arts and Culture Fund.
  • have a strong track record in creating high quality professional productions, and have a confirmed performance outcome in Wellington City.

Priority will be given to:

  • groups containing a majority of Wellington - based practitioners in theatre, dance or inter-arts practice with a strong performance focus.
  • the development of new work that will be premiered in Wellington.
  • work that has a Wellington specific focus, i.e. tells a Wellington story or is responding to a Wellington location.

Applications should be submitted to the Arts and Culture Fund via our funding portal and your application should note if you wish to be considered for this specific performing arts focused funding. Performing arts applications from community groups or emerging companies without a strong track record will still be considered for Arts and Culture Fund grants. 

Contact us

Arts Team

Email: arts@wcc.govt.nz

Mark Farrar, Funding and Relationships Manager

Mobile: 021 227 8525

Email: mark.farrar@wcc.govt.nz