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Creative New Zealand Funding

Creative New Zealand offer a range of funding opportunities to help New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create and distribute their work.

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:

- recognition from peers or experts

- achieved a degree of critical or sales success

- specialised training or practical experience.

If you don't have the track record CNZ are looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council

How often you can apply?

You can make up to two applications in a funding round.

You can apply up to four times in total in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for a Quick Response Grant, Arts Grant, Toi Ake and/or Tohunga Tukunga, eg two arts grant applications and two Toi Ake applications.

If an application is turned down, you can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Arts Grants.


How to make a strong application

We strongly suggest that you make initial contact with the CNZ Arts Advisor for your artform before beginning the online application process.

To make a strong application:

  • if there is an application guide, read it carefully 
  • use the glossary to check the meaning of the terms used. 

Content to include

  • Clearly explain your project idea and what will be achieved. 
  • Describe how your project will achieve the Creative New Zealand strategic outcome you selected. 
  • Describe what a successful project will look like (how you will evaluate its success). 
  • Demonstrate how you'll compete the project in the timeframe. A timeline or production schedule may be useful.
  • Identify the key people and their experience. 
  • Provide detailed financial information that is accurate and relevant. 
  • Provide detailed itineraries if applicable: when, where, who and why. 
  • Provide confirmation of venues if possible. 

Support material

Ensure that:

  • you provide brief, recent and relevant artistic support material 
  • audio and video support material is of good quality and accessible 
  • you provide up to three up-to-date relevant letters of support, with one preferably from someone not directly involved with your project. Creative NZ cannot consider letters of support from Creative New Zealand staff or members of the Arts Council. 

Evidence of demand

Evidence of demand can strengthen your application.

Examples include:

  • box-office income or recording sales 
  • fees to be paid by practitioners enrolled in a professional-development course 
  • performance or appearance fees being paid by venues, presenters or exhibitors.


Please Note: your project must not have previously received funding from Creative New Zealand (including through the Creative Communities Scheme) so please consider the timing of your grant applications carefully.

You may be able to apply to the Creative Communities Scheme in your area if you are unsuccessful with an application to the CNZ Quick Response or Arts Grants.

2017 Closing dates

Quick Response Grants - for grants up to $7,500 - closing date 30 June 2017

Toi tipu Toi rea - emerging Maori artist - $7,500 or less - closing date 30 June 2017

Tohunga Tukunga Mentoring Programme - up to $5,000 - closing date 30 June 2017

Moana Community Grants - up to $10,000 - closing date 30 June 2017

Toi Ake - for grants up to $65,000 - closing date 1 September 2017

Arts Grants - for grants up to $65,000 - closing date 1 September 2017