Whanganui & Partners oversees the distribution of grants and funding to key sectors

Grants & funding currently open


Innovate Whanganui 2022

This annual accelerator competition is focused on finding awesome people with amazing ideas. The Innovate Top 5 each get seed funding and mentorship while the winner takes home $10,000.


Applications to Innovate Whanganui 2022 will open on April 11 and close on May 29. Find out more


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Events funding

Whanganui & Partners provides funding and support for events that we identify as having a significant economic impact and positive contribution to our community. We determine this through our funding criteria.


The next round of funding for events happening between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 opens on April 28. Find out more


Annual grants + funding

Regional Business Partners

Any New Zealand business is welcome to join the network. You will need a New Zealand Business Number. Support can include co-funding for specific advice and training to benefit your business. Find out more on our RBP page.

Business Boost

Whanganui & Partners provides a quarterly Business Boost funding round to assist start-ups and businesses with growth plans. Applications for Business Boost open on March 29. Applicants to the funding will be assessed against set criteria and two successful applicants will receive $2500 in service support and $1250 worth of mentoring or business coaching.

Making It

Making It offers free one-to-one consultation between creatives and specialists, to build financial literacy and grow professional and commercial knowledge. Making It helps artists know where they want to go and how to get there. Read our Making It page. Email Emma.Bugden@whanganuiandpartners.nz to apply.

Amplify Grants

Amplify is a one-off grant of up to $4,000 to help you realise a particular goal. Amplify 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. The next Amplify grant round will open in early 2023. Read our Amplify page for more details.


About Whanganui & Partners

We work to promote Whanganui as a destination to live, visit, work, study and invest. Our activities also include supporting new and existing businesses, bringing events to Whanganui and providing the latest economic data, analysis and commentary on the Whanganui district.

Our Partners

Our relationships form an intrinsic part of our culture and how we work as an organisation. Along with our partners, we help with the facilitation of guidance or expertise. We lead in consultation with a range of partners and stakeholders and work with them to realise the full potential of Whanganui.

Our partnerships lead to better outcomes for our businesses and community.

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