Through the General Fund, we provide financial grants and other support to projects that use music to effect positive change in the lives of those in need around Aotearoa New Zealand. People who benefit from the projects we partner with include (but aren’t limited to) those who are experiencing health issues or who are vulnerable/at risk. You can see examples of the projects and watch some short videos here.
This page is where you will find all relevant information relating to The New Zealand Music Foundation General Fund and how to apply for assistance. Please read through it carefully. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our grants team.
Please use the following checklist and guidelines to assess your eligibility. If you are able to answer “yes” to all of the questions in the list below then you are ELIGIBLE to take the first step towards applying for a grant from the General Fund by completing an Expression of Interest form:
- Is the entity that delivers your project/programme registered with the Charities Commission or a not-for-profit organisation with a formal legal structure?
- Do you use music in some direct way to enrich the lives of New Zealanders in need and to help those New Zealanders to develop as members of the community?
- If you have received a grant from The New Zealand Music Foundation before, is the project relating to that grant complete and have you completed all reporting requirements?
- Have you checked that your funding is NOT related to one of the following excluded purposes?
We do not fund:
- Retrospective grants – All General Fund grants must be applied to specific and future-based purposes. We can’t fund any transactions or costs that have already been incurred or have been pre-paid. For example, purchases made prior to approval of a grant.
- Travel expenses – Applications for General Fund grants to cover travel expenses will not be considered.
- Vehicles – We do not consider applications for the purchase or subsidy of vehicles.
- Offshore trusts – We do not fund charitable trusts not based in New Zealand.
- Events – The New Zealand Music Foundation does not consider funding applications for events.
Additional guidelines to consider:
- We prefer to make grants to entities whose main purpose is to provide a service rather than promote a message.
- We would prefer not to support projects that would be considered part of the government’s social contract responsibilities.
- Project/programmes that have the provision of opportunities to experience, participate in or learn music as their sole aim will ordinarily not qualify. The aim of your initiative should be to positively address the issues and challenges facing individuals/groups in need through the use of music (which could include experiences, participation and learning). You should have methods of assessing if you have been successful in addressing these issues/challenges with your participants.
- Look through the examples of projects that have been successful in obtaining support from us.
If you’re not sure if your project meets the eligibility criteria for support from The New Zealand Music Foundation, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at (09) 623 4728 or via our response form here.
Our preference is to communicate electronically wherever possible to minimise printing. Please download and complete the Word file Expression of Interest form below and email it to the grants team. Do not save the file as a PDF. If you are unable to view, edit and email Word files, please download the PDF file below, print and post to our address: General Fund Grants Team, The New Zealand Music Foundation, P.O. Box 6315, Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1141.
Please note that grants provided to successful applicants are liable for GST and should be accounted for as such on receipt. The amounts you cite in your Expression of Interest and, if invited, your full application will be considered to be GST inclusive.
Applicants who pass the Expression of Interest stage will be asked to lodge an application. This application form will be sent by our Grants Team to the applicant for completion.
Closing dates and deadlines
Expressions of Interest are accepted year-round and go through an initial screening, usually within four weeks of receipt. The Foundation will advise applicants promptly as to whether the project or programme outlined in the Expression of Interest has been found eligible to progress to the next stage or not.
The New Zealand Music Foundation Board of Trustees meets to decide on grants twice a year, in March and September:
Full applications must be received by 31 December to be considered by the Board of Trustees in their board meeting in March. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March.
Full applications must be received by 30 June to be considered by the Board of Trustees in their board meeting in September. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 September.
Please note that your FULL grant application must be received by these deadlines, not just your Expression of Interest. Please allow sufficient time to complete both processes and have your full application in by the deadline. Late applications will generally NOT be accepted for consideration, although The Foundation reserves the right to accept post-deadline applications at its discretion.
During the application consideration process, we may provide a list of additional questions to answer. You will have reasonable time to prepare and provide answers. We will assess your application (and answers), check referees, visit where appropriate and finally decide your application. The grants assessor will make contact with your organisation during this period.
The key criteria we will use when assessing applications is that the proposed initiative meets our goals, although other criteria are also taken into account. You are welcome to contact The New Zealand Music Foundation staff for advice on preparing your application or for feedback afterwards.
Please note that The New Zealand Music Foundation Board of Trustees is not obliged to approve any application and has complete discretion in the allocation of funds. The Foundation reserves the right to alter application deadline and grant round meeting dates, and may need to defer funding rounds in some circumstances. In the event that such changes in the process described here are required, The Foundation will take all steps to ensure that affected parties are kept fully notified.