How do decisions get made?

How decisions are made varies according to the type of grant or opportunity you are applying for.


Arts Grants applications are assessed by:

  • Creative New Zealand staff
  • external artistic assessors
  • members of an assessment panel.

Quick Response Grants are assessed by Creative New Zealand staff.

Assessment criteria

Arts and Quick Response Grant applications are assessed on how strongly they:

  • develop and present high-quality art or deliver high-quality arts experiences for audiences or participants
  • deliver to our strategic outcomes
  • deliver to our artform priorities
  • fit with the purpose of the Arts and Quick Response Grants 

We will apply a culturally specific assessment where appropriate – for example, Mātauranga Māori for Ngā Toi Māori applications by Māori, for Māori and the world; and Kaupapa Pasifika for Pasifika arts applications.


Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme is run by the local authority or district council in your area. While Creative New Zealand funds the scheme, funding decisions are made by the local authority. Find out more about the Creative Communities Scheme.

Fellowships, awards and residencies

Creative New Zealand runs or administers a wide variety of residencies, fellowships, scholarships and awards and each is assessed differently. Information on how decisions are made in each opportunity can be found in the opportunity's application form and guidelines. To see these, search for an opportunity.


Creative New Zealand runs a number of opportunities for New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to gain international exposure and success. Assessments vary depending on the type of opportunity/programme:


Creative New Zealand invests in arts organisations through two programmes:

  • Arts Development Investments (Toi Uru Kahikatea)
  • Arts Leadership Investment (Toi Tōtara Haemata) programme

Both investment schemes are assessed by Creative New Zealand staff, specialist external assessors and an external advisory panel.

More about these investment programmes

Toi Ake

Grants for Toi Ake are assessed in the same way as Arts Grants. Both Creative New Zealand and external assessors for Toi Ake are culturally expert in Mātauranga Māori.