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Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund

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The Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund supports recurring events that celebrate Māoritanga (Māori culture) in Tauranga Moana.

The fund is a joint initiative, administered by Tauranga City Council on behalf of TECT, BayTrust and Council.

The fund is committed to supporting recurring events that: 

  • celebrate Tauranga Moana tangata whenua
  • promote and share tikanga Māori
  • raise awareness of events of historical and/or cultural significance to Tauranga Moana.

If you have an event that you think may qualify for funding, we encourage you to send an email to Te Pou Takawaenga at kaupapafund@tauranga.govt.nz to discuss your application.

Your event may be eligible for funding through our Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund, so make sure you check out this fund too.

The events we fund must:

  • be driven by, or partnered with iwi and/or hapū in the Tauranga City Council boundaries
  • be run by a not-for-profit organisation
  • have been operating for at least one year in Tauranga Moana before the application is submitted
  • deliver tangible community and tangata whenua benefits
  • strongly align with our event funding values (our funding decisions are heavily weighted towards these principles)
  • must include a written endorsement in support of and outlining involvement in the event from the current chairperson or senior executive (i.e., chief executive, general manager) of the iwi, hapū or marae.

Additional considerations:

  • you must submit a high-level event budget
  • events that have free or low-cost admission to the public are more likely to receive funding support
  • events that are predominantly commercial in nature are less likely to receive support
  • events and/or organisations that already receive substantial ongoing support from Tauranga City Council, financial or otherwise, are less likely to receive support from the Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund.

We don’t fund events that:

Key fund information

The maximum grant is $15,000 +GST, however, the majority of grants are $10,000 +GST per event.

$90,000 +GST for events occurring between 1 September 2022 and 30 June 2023. When the fund allocation is exhausted we will update this webpage.

Applications will be considered throughout the year or until the funds are exhausted. We recommend that applicants apply at least three months before your event as it can take up to six weeks to receive a funding decision. 

Successful applicants may receive a maximum three-year funding commitment from the Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund.  At the end of the funding commitment, the organisation may reapply to the Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund.

Check out our criteria at the top of this page and our values and priorities. Also make sure that your event isn’t in the list of events we don’t fund.

You don’t need to provide quotes with your application but you will need to provide iwi, hapū or marae support and a budget which you’ll upload within your online application form. You can either use your existing budget or our event budget template.

Budget template to download (14kb xlsx)

Your application must also include a written endorsement in support of and outlining involvement in the event from the current chairperson or senior executive (i.e., chief executive officer, general manager) of the iwi, hapu or marae.

A decision-making panel of representatives from Council, TECT Community Trust and BayTrust.

If your application is successful, we will email you to confirm your grant. Applicants will need to sign their application to formalise our funding support and agree additional deliverables and benefits if required (e.g. operational planning deadlines, logo acknowledgement etc).

If your event is held on public open space, you will also likely be required to work with our event facilitation team for an event approval. Read our resources to assist you with running an event on public open spaces

If your application is unsuccessful you will be advised of the outcome, along with reasoning why this decision was made.

Funding is released in the financial year that the event occurs (our financial year runs from 1 July through to 30 June the following year). 50% of the funding granted will be released prior to the event and 50% after submitting a post-event evaluation report (to the satisfaction of Event Development staff).

If you have already received funding from us for an event, you must submit a post-event evaluation report before another application will be considered. The report will include attendance and audience demographics, audience feedback, key learnings, how the event delivered against the relevant values and priorities, benefits to Tauranga, media coverage and the final profit and loss summary.

Contact Te Pou Takawaenga at kaupapafund@tauranga.govt.nz and we will get back in touch.

Any offer of financial support through the Event Funding Framework is subject to your event being able to be delivered under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF). If the event is unable to proceed for COVID-19 related reasons (whether they be voluntary or mandated), or if your event is materially altered to adapt to the applicable CPF level(s), then you may have to return your grant.

In instances of COVID-19 related event cancellation, and when the financial position of your event has been negatively affected by the cancellation, you may submit a written request to us to retain all or part of your event grant. You will need to address the following areas in your request:

  1. what the reason for the event cancellation was (particularly if a change in CPF Levels has not mandated the cancellation);
  2. if you have investigated alternative ways in which the event could go ahead (e.g. postponement, operational changes, online format etc.);
  3. how the event has been financially impacted by the cancellation. Please submit a profit and loss statement, including commentary around what steps have been taken to mitigate event costs;
  4. what other funding partners and sponsors are doing to support the cancellation of your event (if applicable); and
  5. if you are requesting to retain all or part of your event grant? (please include a figure here).

Please note: any event cancelled due to COVID-19 that is forecasting a breakeven position or profit without the grant will automatically be excluded from consideration and required to return all grant amounts paid  to them.

All requests to retain grants in part or full can be directed to kaupapafund@tauranga.govt.nz for consideration. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis and a ten-working day turn around for decisions will apply.

For more information, or if you have any queries, please contact Te Pou Takawaenga on kaupapafund@tauranga.govt.nz.

How to apply

Applications to the Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund are now being administered through our new online application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

Apply to the Kaupapa Māori Legacy Event Fund

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