Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) investment programme

Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) Investment Programme supports well-run, financially sound organisations that fulfil specific key roles in New Zealand’s arts infrastructure. Organisations funded through this programme collaborate with other arts organisations and provide leadership within the arts sector to deliver benefits to audiences or participants.


Closing dates:

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Based on application

20 May 2016

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation based in New Zealand
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council
  • must not be an organisation that is core-funded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Eligibility for Toi Tōtara Haemata

Organisations intending to submit a proposal for Toi Tōtara Haemata funding must:

  • confirm their intention to apply 
  • if relevant, confirm their eligibility with the Creative New Zealand adviser that works in their area of arts practice. Contact details are listed under each key role opportunity in the RFP document.

Your organisation must: 

  • offer a regular or continuous programme of arts activity or services within New Zealand
  • be a trust or an incorporated body, eg incorporated society or company and your governing document, eg trust deed or constitution must allow you to carry out artistic activity
  • have delivered and reported successfully on an investment grant (Tōtara or Kahikatea) in the last three years or at least three recent project grants from Creative New Zealand (Arts Grants or Quick Response) 
  • have effective governance arrangements so how you use and distribute funding is transparent and you must have safeguards against self-interested decisions
  • have a set of audited accounts for at least the last two financial years of operation
  • not be a tertiary institution seeking funding for its core business or an institution mainly funded by another central or local government agency, eg art gallery or museum seeking funding for its core business
  • not be 'in default' or 'on notice' under a current funding agreement with Creative New Zealand.

Other funding

While you are being funded under the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme, you cannot receive support through Quick Response Grants, Arts Grants, the Creative Communities Scheme or the Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment Programme.

2. See what's funded


Each year we invite proposals from arts organisation to fill key roles in the arts infrastructure. This programme supports organisations that:

  • create, present and distribute high-quality New Zealand arts
  • provide opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in the arts
  • support artform and sector development.

Key roles available in 2016

In 2016 we are requesting proposals for key roles in theatre and multidisciplinary arts.

For details of the activities of each role, see the RFP under Make an application below.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

Step one: Download and review the Request for Proposal

Step two: Register your interest to apply and if you are new to the investments programme, check your eligibility

To apply to the Toi Tōtara Haemata Investment Programme you must first contact the Creative New Zealand arts adviser that works in your area of arts practice to express your interest and confirm your eligibility by 5 pm on Friday 8 April 2016

Step three: Gather artistic support material

  • Complete Part A: Track Record and Part B: Future Programme. 
  • Organisations already in the programme need only complete Part B of the proposal template.
  • Guidance can be found on page 13 in the Request for Proposals document.

Step four: Submit your application 

1.    Start your application online (you may need to register first).

2.    Attach supporting information.

3.    Submit your application by 5pm on Friday 20 May 2016.

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4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Applications are assessed by:

  • Creative New Zealand staff 
  • external artistic assessors from the arts community
  • members of an Investments Advisory Panel (made up of external assessors).

Assessment process

  1. Creative New Zealand staff assess the proposal.
  2. Senior staff peer review the assessments.
  3. Assessments are moderated by senior staff to ensure assessment is consistent across all applications.
  4. At least one external peer assessor assesses the proposal.
  5. Creative New Zealand staff develop preliminary recommendations.
  6. An independent Investments Advisory Panel provides advice on the recommendations and reviews the assessment process.
  7. Staff develop recommendations for the Chief Executive.
  8. The Chief Executive makes final recommendations to the Arts Council.
  9. The Arts Council makes the final decisions.

Assessment criteria

Part A: Track record

We consider whether your organisation's track record demonstrates the ability to:

  • be well run
  • be financially sound
  • receive financial and in-kind support from other stakeholders and supporters
  • play a leadership role
  • maintain consistently high standards of programme delivery.

We also consider the past performance of all organisations applying to the programme.

Part B: Future programmes

Proposed future programmes are assessed for:

  • delivery to key role activities
  • strength of your future programme
  • the credibility, completeness and accuracy of the financial information provided


5. Notification of results

The RFP contains the exact dates when decisions are made and funding agreements offered.

We will notify all respondents of the result of their proposal by Friday 29 July 2016.

We also list successful organisations on the Who got funded web page.

Successful proposals

Successful respondents are offered a funding agreement to take effect from 1 January 2017 for a specific period of between two to five years. 

There is no guarantee of funding beyond the term of the agreement.

Unsuccessful proposals

If a respondent is unsuccessful we may offer to fund the organisation under the Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment or another funding programme.

6. On completion

7. Who to contact