The Katikati Heritage Museum Charitable Trust is seeking $100,000 over the next three years to cover the wages of a professional museum manager.
The application to the Western Bay of Plenty District Council was for decreasing amounts each year in order to give the museum time to become fully self-funded.
"Our best made plans have not fully materialised. We are solvent and we are profitable, if only marginally," the trust said. The council reserved its decision.