Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investments Programme
This programme is closed to applications from new entrants in 2018. This is to allow future funding decisions to be aligned to a new investment strategy being developed by the Arts Council. We will advise by November 2018 if the programme will be open to new applications in 2019.
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12 May 2017
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Who can apply
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
- cannot be funded by a government agency, tertiary education organisation (TEO) or local authority unless the proposed activity goes beyond their core activity. Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project.
Late reports and breaches of agreements
We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:
- are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
- are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
- were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.
Eligibility for Toi Uru Kahikatea
To be eligible to apply for Toi Uru Kahikatea funding, you must:
- be an established artist, arts practitioner, group or organisation
- be based in New Zealand and offering a regular or continous programme of arts activity that directly benefits New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners
- have a successful funding track record with Creative New Zealand
- have confirmed your eligibility and/or registered your interest to apply with one of our staff by 7 December 2016. If you are already funded through Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata you are only required to register your interest. See 3. Make an application for more information.
Being an established artist, arts practitioner, group or organisation
Being an established artist, arts practitioner, group or organisation means that you:
- have recently achieved the successful public presentation of at least three high-quality artworks, events or programmes, and
- have endorsement and support for your work from at least two peers or experts from your area of arts practice, and
- are acknowledged as being established in your area of arts practice
Your track record
Having a successful funding track record means that you have received, delivered and reported successfully on:
- at least three recent project grants (Arts Grants or Quick Response), or
- an investment grant from Creative New Zealand in the last three years.
- For applications made in any year's funding round, Toi Uru Kahikatea can only support activities that begin after 1 January the following year.
- If we grant you support for the public presentation of a new work, we expect the work to be publicly presented within two years of the grant being made.
While you are being funded under the Toi Uru Kahikatea programme, you cannot receive support through Quick Response Grants, Arts Grants, the Creative Communities Scheme or the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme.
Toi Uru Kahikatea offers support for a regular or continuous programme to:
- develop skills, resources and networks required to create, present, promote, distribute or participate in high-quality arts or arts experiences
- research, create, present, distribute and/or tour programmes of high-quality New Zealand work or art within New Zealand or overseas
- develop and/or maintain the infrastructure required to create, present, distribute or participate in high-quality New Zealand arts or arts experiences.
Specific funding limits apply to some activities:
- competitions (not prizes): $30,000
- documentary and archival projects: $30,000
- international professional development: 80% of the overall cost to a maximum of $12,000
- international presentation of artwork: a contribution to travel and freight costs and up to $10,000 towards proven costs of presenting work
- mentoring: $5000
- music recording: $15,000 for emerging artists; $25,000 for established artists
- multidisciplinary arts festivals: 4%–12% of revenue or $1,000–$15,000 depending on track record
- websites: $5000 for developing a new site; $5000 for placing work on an established site; $30,000 for editorial costs for an established site
We provide publishing subsidies towards the costs of editing, designing, printing and distributing a publication.
- up to 100 pages: $2500
- 100–200 pages: $3000
- 201–300 pages: $3500
- 301–400 pages: $4000
- large heavily illustrated books: $10,000
- children's picture books up to 16 pages: $2500
- children's picture books over 16 pages: $3500.
Additional subsidies at the same rate as the standard subsidies (above) are available for:
- literature in te reo or a language of the Pasfika peoples of New Zealand
- artform publications.
Additional funding above these subsidies rates may be available if a publisher can demonstrate the work is of an exceptional nature. For more information on publishing guidelines download Application Requirements and Guidelines for Specific Activities in Make an application.
Evidence of performance
All applications must be supported with evidence that your group or organisation is financially sound and well run including:
- a draft Statement of Financial Performance for each calendar year you are applying for funding. The statement is for your organisation as a whole and must include:
- infrastructure costs
- expenditure and income (even if it is not directly related to the activities for which you are seeking funding)
- a draft Statement of Financial Position as at 31 December 2017.
Additional evidence may include:
- planning documents, eg strategic or business plans
- evidence of a strong and independent governance structure
- details and evidence of the level of support from other sources, eg:
- direct grants or investment from other funders
- sponsorship or corporate partnerships
- donations, gifts or patron income
- general revenue (other than box office, sales of art works, published titles, fees for services)
- accurately valued 'in-kind' support
- evidence of community support
Requests for more than $250,000 per year
In addition to the above requirements, requests for more than $250,000 per year must include a set of independently audited accounts for each of the last two years (or two festivals). Ideally there will be an unqualified audit opinion for the past two years.
If you provide a qualified audit opinion, you must provide evidence that you have reacted appropriately to ensure your organisation will now meet audit protocols. We may also require a copy of the auditor's management report.
Downloads (application forms and criteria)
How to apply
Step one: Check your eligibility
To apply for Toi Uru Kahikatea in 2017, you must have contacted us by 7 December 2016 to confirm your eligibility.
If you wish to confirm your eligibility to apply to Toi Uru Kahikatea in 2018, you must contact us by 1 December 2017.
We will check if your organisation is aligned to Creative New Zealand's strategic outcomes and the programme's purposes and artform priorities (see above document Strategic outcomes, programme purposes and artform priorities)
If you are eligible you will be invited to undertake an organisational ‘health-check'. This is a one-two hour interview to ensure your organisation has a clear strategic purpose and demonstrates competence in its governance and financial management. You will not be able to apply unless you successfully complete this step (completion does not guarantee funding).
Step two: Complete an online application
If you have successfully completed Step One you can login or register to apply online.
Choose how you want your application to be assessed
Applications can be assessed as one of the following. You can choose:
General arts: if your project is one of the following artforms: craft/object, dance, interarts, literature, multidisciplinary, music, theatre or visual arts.
Māori Arts: if your project is by Māori and Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice and results of your proposed activities. By Māori means:
• you must be Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
• organisations must be owned and managed by Māori. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.
Pacific Arts: if Kaupapa Pasifika will be evident in the practice and results of your proposed activities.
Who assesses your application
Applications are assessed by:
- Creative New Zealand staff
- external artistic assessors from the arts community
See a diagram overview of the assessment process and criteria
All applicants will be advised of the results of their application by 21 July 2017. If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.
We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page.
You will be required to report on your activities every six months. Your reporting requirements will be in the contract that we agree with you.