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This capital project is a funding partnership between the Whanganui District Council, The Sarjeant Gallery Trust and Central Government.

The Council has put its support behind the project on the understanding that the bulk of the funds will be raised externally, and this is the case. The Sarjeant has attracted funding from far beyond the Whanganui region – money that would not be available to other projects.

Central Government understands the special circumstances our community faces, where earthquake-prone buildings and wastewater project mitigation pose major financial challenges.

The redeveloped Te Whare o Rehua Sarjeant Gallery will open in late-2024.

As at November 2023 more than 77 percent of the cost of the Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment has been met by Central Government, Lottery Grants Board, public and private trusts, individual philanthropy and private sector corporate sponsorship. Fundraising for the project is ongoing.

What’s here?

The list of files below is extensive – even quite small funding applications require a lot of supporting documentation! A substantial amount of information has been brought together to underpin our applications to Government and Lottery.

The funding applications to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Lottery Grants Board World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee plus key background supporting documents are now available here. In the interests of efficiency some of the documents were used in both applications. You can download just the Lottery or Ministry files as a .zip file.

NB – some of these files are up to eighteen months old, and the information in them may now be outdated by subsequent developments. Where possible, this has been indicated.

What’s not here?

The applications included a number of supporting letters from individuals, which have not been included to preserve privacy.

Copies of Council plans and minutes of meetings available elsewhere have been omitted, as have details of the fundraising plans (to avoid giving away fundraising ideas before they are realised) and the redevelopment project communications plan (required for the Ministry application) which has been overtaken by subsequent events – particularly with the Gallery’s temporary relocation.