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Contestable Grant Applications


Round 4 is now open. Deadline 15 March. For any grant queries please contact Matthew Wood:

Wallace Foundation Contestable Grants Information

Established by the Wallace Arts Trust, the Wallace Foundation is one of the largest private supporters of New Zealand arts and artists. Applications are handled on a case-by-case basis with no guarantee that a grant will be provided, regardless of merit. Most grants offered are of a value under $5,000 and this can include cash, in-kind support or an underwriting guarantee against loss. A modest number of study grants are provided annually – applications should be made on the online grant form (only available when a round is open). 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 Wallace Foundation grants by their expected deadline
  • Capital purchase such as IT, instruments, equipment


Idea and Strategic Fit:
We will be looking at how closely the project aligns with one (or more) of the following:

  • How will the project encourage, recognise, or showcase New Zealand artists in their career?
  • How would an investment assist in the career development of New Zealand’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

Please Note:
The link to the online application form is only available when a grant round is open.
Please use the budget template provided and upload to your grant application.
Please find the Wallace Foundation logo to use on your marketing collateral here.

Images: Connect The Dots, photo credit – David St. George, Dust Palace photo credit – Parnell Partners and Toyota NZ, Sculpture by the Sea Wallace Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award – Morgan Jones, Touch Compass, McCahon House Trust – Lunar Reflections Transmissions performance