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 attractted 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 waste water project mitigation pose major financial challenges.
The bulk of the funding has come from Central Government, Lottery Grants Board, public and private trusts, individual philanthropy and private sector corporate sponsorship. The Council contribution is around $5 million, spread over a number of years.