Museum and heritage development fund
The Museum and Heritage Development Fund is designed to help projects or activities that showcase the rich heritage of our district, and build capacity and capability in the heritage sector.
Kāpiti has a rich and vibrant heritage, and we're committed to supporting those working to tell our stories.
Purpose of the fund
The purpose of the fund is to support activities or projects that:
- promote the Kāpiti Coast’s pre- and post-settlement history to the community and visitors
- preserve and display narratives of our communities’ heritage, both past and for the future.
The Museum and Heritage Development Fund is open year-round, and you can apply at any time. The following timelines apply for specific financial years.
1 February 2023
Opening of applications.
5pm, 30 April 2023
Closing of applications for the 2022/23 financial year.
1 May 2023–30 April 2024
Applications may be submitted at any time for funding in the 2023/24 financial year.
There is $30,000 available each year in the Museums and Heritage Development Fund. Funding is available as either:
- a one-off grant for a specific activity to support short-term projects of one to two years
- seed funding for longer term initiatives, while ongoing viability and sustainability is developed.
Who can apply
The fund is open to:
- museums operated locally by a trust or committee
- heritage organisations with a focus on maintaining or preserving a heritage site or building, or a collective supporting heritage activity in the district
- Iwi organisations, or other groups focusing on development of Māori heritage sites and initiatives.
Applications from Kāpiti museums and heritage sites not previously known to Council are welcomed.
- clearly describe how their project aligns with Council’s purpose for the Museums and Heritage Development Fund.
- include a clear vision for the proposed programme or activity of any new initiatives (note that the application may be for funding to develop the business model for this activity or programme).
See Te Papa Tongarewa's Running a museum for information on museum development and writing a business case.
Projects and activities considered might include:
- developing new resources or services that distinctly enhance access to the Kāpiti heritage story
- building organisational capacity or capability
(excluding equipment, except where this is needed to enable this capability, for example, technology or software for managing collections)
- helping a museum reach a high standard of presentation
- developing strategic policies, such as for collection management or museum promotion
- collection cataloguing
- curation training.
How to apply
Before you complete or submit your application, email the Arts, Museums and Heritage team to discuss your project or application.
Applications are open now.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide a summary report each year they are funded for, at dates agreed at the time the grant is awarded.