Venue subsidies and grants

The Performing Arts Foundation (PAF)

PAF supports performance arts events through venue subsidies and grants. The foundation is funded through a $1.50 levy which is included in every ticket purchased for St James Theatre and The Opera House.

Wellington based performing arts companies or individuals can apply for:

  • venue rental subsidy for venue hire at the Opera House or St James Theatre
  • a grant to support many types of activity.

Approximately 75% of funding is allocated to venue rental subsidies and 25% is allocated to grants.

If you’re applying more than once, you’ll be considered for a maximum of three consecutive applications in total.

PAF focuses on supporting work that involves youth participation in and appreciation of, the performing arts. It prefers to fund activity that is additional to productions aimed at involving youth and young people in some way. Subsidised tickets are not a focus for this fund.

Wellington City Council venue subsidy

If you’re a local community group or organisation, you might be eligible for a subsidy to cover the cost of venue hire with Venues Wellington.

Wellington City Council offers $245,000 in subsidies each year to support the community and make our special venues and facilities more accessible to Wellington-based community groups.