Foster, maintain, promote New Zealand artists and art

Granting - The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation was established by the Wallace Arts Trust.  Its purpose is to “foster, maintain, promote and advance the education of New Zealand artists and New Zealand people generally in the creative arts”.

The Wallace Foundation is one of the largest private supporters of New Zealand arts and artists.  Hundreds of applications are received yearly; demand is greater than resources available. The granting process is administered by the Wallace Arts Trust. Applications are handled on a case by case basis with no guarantee that a grant or donation will be provided, regardless of merit. Most grants offered are of a value under $5000 and this can include cash, in-kind support or an underwriting guarantee against loss. The Wallace Foundation anticipates applicants will seek and secure additional sources of income – no projects are funded in full.

Who and what we fund:

  • Emerging New Zealand artists whose work is highly likely to have a significant impact on the landscape of cross-disciplinary arts, performing arts or film
  • Established New Zealand artists whose work demonstrates significant development in their careers
  • Organisations that support and present the above and expand an audience for the arts in New Zealand

What we don’t generally fund:

  • Retrospective projects
  • Incomplete applications or those not meeting the criteria
  • Crowd funding campaigns
  • Applications lodged within 12 months of the provision of a grant
  • Applications from individuals or organisations who have not supplied evaluations for previous TWF grants by their expected deadline
  • Capital purchase such as IT, instruments, equipment

Idea and Strategic Fit
What is the artistic proposition, and does it align with the Wallace Foundation?
How will the project encourage, recognise, or showcase New Zealand artists in their career?
How would an investment assist in the career development of NZ’s emerging artists?
How will the project expose New Zealanders to art or increase their enjoyment of the arts?

Is it worthy?
Is the concept sound?
Are the people behind it credible? 
Is the timeframe reasonable?
Is the budget reasonable?

Evidence that the project was delivered
Evidence that the Wallace Foundation was appropriately acknowledged

Applications for funding round one have now closed. Please contact for updates for when funding round two applications will open.