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Funding Sources


Funding Sources 

Funding for the individual 

New Zealand Residencies

The Caroline Plummer Fellowship
in Community Dance

New Zealand or International community dance practitioners, teachers and
researchers can apply for a six month fellowship at The University of Otago.
Culture Programme Asia NZ Supports New Zealand based organisations and individuals running projects
that will educate New Zealanders about Asian arts and culture.

New Zealand Scholarships and Awards                                                                          

  Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarships Trust Awarded 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 (up to $20,000)

  The Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund For individuals interested in advancement in arts management with particular emphasis on people making the transition from performance to arts administration.
  Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation

Awarded to dance students, professional dancers, dance teachers and choreographers to progress their professional development.

There are two allocations of Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation Grants annually.  The closing dates for applications are on 1 April and 1 November each year. 

Download the application form: DDDFApplicationForm2019 

  The Alana Haines Australasian Awards

An international jury awards cash and scholarships to young dancers aged 11-21 years.
  Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Full free scholarship to attend the University of Waikato in Hamilton and personal development programme. Awarded to students who excel academically and in sport or creative performing arts, who have the capability to lead, and who are either current tertiary students or school leavers.

  Dame Malvina Major Foundation

Provide educational and training opportunities for young New Zealanders in the performing arts and supports individuals of outstanding ability to prepare for professional careers.

Emerging Artists Trust

Mentors and funds emerging film and performance artists in the Wellington region.


Artists to Antarctica

Support for New Zealand artists in any discipline to explore Antarctica through their work.


AMP Scholarships

Each year the company awards 12 AMP Scholarships valued up to $10,000 plus a further fund of $80,000 to be shared amongst those winners selected. Previous recipients range from glass artists and scientists to ballet dancers and actors.


Christchurch Dance Education Bursary Trust

Provides annual bursaries to Canterbury Dance students accepted and enrolled in International or National accredited professional dance training programmes and masterclasses for advanced students with International tutors. *Currently unavailable

Tertiary Education Commission Fund Finder

The TEC is responsible for the allocation of all post compulsory education funding.


International Scholarships for New Zealanders                                                            

  UNESCO - Aschberg Bursaries for Artists 62 arts fellowships with 50 partner institutions in 30 countries. The programme aims to open up new career prospects for artists and provide them with the opportunity for further training in specialised institutions.

  Fullbright New Zealand

A range of awards for New Zealand graduate students to undertake study, research or travel at institutions in the United States. 
  Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Assists New Zealanders to travel overseas and bring back with them new insights and understanding that will enrich their community and New Zealand as a whole.

  Wellington Asia Residency Exchange For a Wellington artist to participate in an arts exchange programme in Asia.

  Commonwealth Connections The Commonwealth Foundation's international arts residencies scheme funds residencies which foster a process of learning by exchange between artists working in different Commonwealth countries. The exchange promotes creativity and individual
cultural expression, increases mutual understanding between artists and gives opportunities to learn new skills that can help individuals develop their livelihoods as artists.
  Residency Fellowships, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany For persons up to 35 or if older who have completed a university of college degree within the past five years.

Funding for Projects

Government Grants                                     

Creative New Zealand Is a key funder of contemporary dance. Their funding page includes
information and application forms for contestable project funding and artist
residencies and awards.
Creative Communities Scheme Provides funding for community arts through local city and district councils. 

Community Trusts by Region 


Foundation North


Trust Waikato

Hamilton and the Waikato

Eastern and Central Community Trust

Poverty Bay, Hawke's Bay, Tararua, Waiarapa, Manawatu and Horowhenua

TSB Community Trust


Wellington Community Trust

Wellington region

The Canterbury Community Trust

Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough regions and Chatham Islands

Otago Community Trust

Dunedin and Otago

The Community Trust of Southland

Invercargill and Southland

Other Trusts/Funders 


New Zealand Community Trust

Sky City Community Trust

Queenstown, Hamilton, Auckland
Lion Foundation

NZ on Air

Irirangi Te Motu - funds programming on both radio and television.
New Zealand Film Commission

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga - provides development and production
finance, as well as promotion and marketing for New Zealand films.

   Funding Directories 

The Department of Internal Affairs

Website has a 'services' section with information on funding from Community
Grants Schemes, Gaming Societies (pub charities) and Lottery Grants.
The Funding Information Service  Provides information for the Cultural Funding Guide and is usually accessible
only in subscription (this website has a good resources section).

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage Search for funding opportunities.


Funding Sources

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