Amplify is a one-off grant to help you realise a particular goal.

"Mā te huruhuru te manu e rere. With the right adornment the bird can fly. The grant we received from Whanganui & Partners enabled Pakohe to upgrade to the latest technology which is essential in today's world of business." - Marilyn Vreede, Pakohe Papers, Amplify recipient

Amplify Grants

The grant supports what you need behind-the-scenes to make your work resilient. While other arts grants typically support exhibitions or performances, Amplify strengthens the infrastructure that enables creativity to flourish.


What gets funded?

Amplify Grants are one-off payments of up to $4,000 for projects that will boost or sustain your creative career or organisation. This might look like: 

  • A new ticketing system 
  • A website upgrade 
  • Upgrading your facilities 
  • Purchasing specialist equipment 
  • Expanding your operation to employ others
  • Other behind-the-scenes support that will amplify what you do 

There are five Amplify Grants available. 


Who can apply? 

Amplify is designed to support the creative industries in Whanganui. 

You could be: 

  • A sole trader creative practitioner (such as a writer, artist, musician, performer, craftsperson, designer, architect, film maker etc) 
  • An arts organisation or charitable trust 
  • A business in a creative field (including retailers and suppliers)


What are we looking for in an application?

  • We want to support talent. Shout about your creative achievements or how you support creativity if you’re a gallery, venue or supplier. 
  • We want to make a difference. We’re asking you to tell us how a grant would help take you where you want to go. 
  • We believe creativity comes in many forms, such as architecture, carving, ceramics, dance, design, fashion, film, jewellery, performance, theatre, visual arts, VR, weaving or writing. And new innovations we haven’t yet imagined — so don’t hold back. 
  • We’re looking to the future, so the costs you’re applying for must not already be underway. 
  • We’re all about local, so your primary place of business must be Whanganui, and the impact of the funding must be felt here. 



What doesn’t Amplify fund? 

  •  One-off performances, exhibitions, publication of books, magazines or CDs 
  • Activity that is eligible for Creative New Zealand Arts Grants Funding  


Who’s been funded before? 2021 Amplify Grant recipients: 


Kay Benseman for Pito Press: towards a printer and paper trimmer

Natalie Bradburn for Clean Clean Clean: towards the development of a logo and website upgrade

Light + Vessel: towards development and marketing of a new product line

Karlya Smith: towards costs of moving from an analogue to a digital design system for Karlya Socks

Rachel Stephenson for LadyBird Café and Gallery: towards the development of a logo and photography and profiles for Instagram


2020 Amplify Grant recipients:


Katie Brown, glassblower: to develop E-Commerce  

Thomas Carroll, taonga puoro designer and musician: for workshop tools  

Jack Mitchell-Anyon, owner of Article Café: towards movable partitions for co-working space  

Pakohe Papers, designers: for a new computer and software to run a Laser Cutter  

Tewainui Ranginui-Mansell, You-Tube Content Creator: towards construction costs of a workshop  


How do I apply? 

Applications for the 2022 Amplify grants have not opened yet.  

When you apply you will compel us by telling us: 

  • Who you are, what you do and why 
  • The particular project you’re applying for 
  • How your project contributes to Whanganui 
  • The difference an Amplify grant will make to you 
  • A budget stating how much you’re applying for and what the grant will be spent on 
  • A time frame outlining the project’s development
  • Details of other funding or support you have received for this project


Successful recipients will be required to meet with the Whanganui & Partners Business Team to develop or refine a business plan to help you amplify this opportunity, and submit a funding report within 12 months of receiving the grant. 

Funding decisions will be made by Whanganui & Partners, with all decisions final.

About Whanganui & Partners

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