We offer financial support for the arts including funding for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations.
We fund a wide range of artforms and activities, but some exceptions apply.
Creative New Zealand does not fund:
One-off grants for arts projects and activities are available across all artforms including Māori and Pacific arts projects. The most popular grants are our:
We provide funding to some significant arts organisations to facilitate continuous programmes of activity through our arts development and leadership programmes:
We fund a range of fellowships, awards, residencies, bursaries and scholarships. Find what's available for your artform in Find funding.
We recognise the contribution, excellence or innovative work of artists through these awards:
Craft/Object includes traditional applied arts and contemporary practice, ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, metal, woodwork, and studio-based design.
Dance includes classical and contemporary dance; street, experimental and integrated dance; and traditional and contemporary Maori and Pacific Island dance.
Interarts projects integrate artforms of any cultural tradition, combining them to create a new and distinct work. The result of this integration is a hybrid or fusion of artforms outside of Creative New Zealand’s artform categories.
Literature is a broad, inclusive concept. Creative New Zealand will consider proposals from writers and illustrators to research and write high-quality work in fiction or non-fiction.
Projects and activities that do not feature one primary artform but involve at least two different artforms of any cultural tradition.
Music includes classical and contemporary music; orchestral, choral, and band music; opera; jazz and improvised music; sound art; contemporary popular music; world music; and traditional and contemporary Māori and Pacific Island music.
Ngā Toi Māori includes Māori heritage arts practice such as tāmoko, tarai waka, waiata, mōteatea, rāranga, whakairo, te reo, whaikōrero, karanga and traditional Māori games. It also includes the work of Māori artists across all forms of contemporary arts practice.
Pacific arts includes Pasifika artists undertaking contemporary and heritage arts projects in all art forms — craft/object art, dance, inter-arts, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts.
Theatre includes both classical and contemporary theatre, and all genres such as comedy, drama, physical theatre, devised theatre, street theatre, musical theatre, circus, puppetry, mask and theatre for children.
Visual arts includes, but is not limited to, drawing, experimental sound/audio and moving-image arts projects, installation, kōwhaiwhai, painting, performance within a visual arts context, photography, printmaking, sculpture, tā moko, and typography. Visual arts also includes customary and contemporary practices of all the peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand, including Māori and Pasifika peoples and the diverse cultures of people living in Aotearoa/New Zealand today.