Auckland Diversity Project Fund

Supporting projects by arts organisations that engage with Māori, Pacific and Asian communities in the Auckland Region. Offered in partnership with Foundation North.


Closing dates:

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up to $100,000

1 Sep 2017

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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 (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.

We also have specific eligibility requirements for particular activities, for example, public artworks. More information is available in the Application requirements and guidelines for specific activities document under 'Make an application' below.

Fund eligibility

To apply for the Auckland Diversity Project Fund:

  • applicants must be a registered incorporated society, or a registered charitable trust, or on the charities register, and in operation for twelve months.
  • applicants must be an established arts organisation based in the Auckland Region or an organisation with a significant presence in the region.
  • individual artists will not be funded unless they partner with an established arts organisation that meets the eligibility criteria.
  • you must have a track record of delivering high-quality work to audiences, and/or creating and presenting high-quality work
  • your project must engage Māori, Pacific or Asian audiences and/or provide Māori, Pacific and Asian artists in the Auckland Region with artistic, organisational, financial or audience development benefits
  • your collaborations must demonstrate true partnership between collaborators
  • your project must be of high artistic quality
  • applicants in the Toi Tōtara Haemata or Toi Uru Kahikatea programmes must propose activities that go beyond those that usually occur in your annual programme
  • applicants who receive funding from other agencies must propose activities that go beyond what has already been funded by those agencies.

The Auckland Region is the area within the borders of the Auckland Council.

Special requirements during your project

If you are funded by the Auckland Diversity Project Fund:

  • Creative New Zealand may request that you be available to participate in case studies and capability building initiatives for the arts sector in order to share your experiences and learning with others. These may include filmed content showing the life-cycle of your project; requests for you to present your project as a case study at a Creative New Zealand capability building hui or wānanga, and other activities celebrating your project.
  • You will need to make it a responsibility of at least one member of your team to collect and record data in preparation for your project completion report. Creative New Zealand can provide sample best practice questionnaires or surveys to help you record:
    • Audience numbers
    • Participant numbers
  • Ethnicities of audiences and participants (e.g. via self-completion questionnaires at events or online)
  • Languages (e.g. Māori, Samoan, Hindi, Chinese etc.) that may feature in your project (where relevant)
  • Qualitative feedback from audiences and description of participant experience.

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.

2. See what's funded


The purpose of the Auckland Diversity Project is to ensure Creative New Zealand’s investment, services and operations deliver to Auckland’s rapidly changing demographic.

This fund supports:

  • audience engagement: projects that increase attendance and participation in the arts by Māori, Pacific and Asian audiences in the Auckland Region
  • artform development: projects that facilitate, support and promote development of the arts  by, with and for Māori, Pacific or Asian artists and communities.

Projects which are for longer than 12 months can be considered, but we expect all projects to be completed by 30 June 2018 and reported on by 30 September 2018.

By participation we mean the active involvement of individuals, groups and/or communities in the making or presentation of art. It can apply to professional, emerging and non-professional artists, including those involved in cultural and recreational activities.

Funding priorities

Priority will be given to:

Research findings from Creative New Zealand publications have identified the following priority areas:

Audience Engagement:

Projects that increase frequency of attendance by:

  • providing a strong connection to culture and heritage
  • providing an occasion for socialising and spending quality time with family and/or connecting children more strongly to their culture
  • promoting positive word of mouth and ‘talkability’
  • providing memorable arts experiences that increase demand for future arts experiences.

Projects that increase arts participation and attendance by:

  • promoting and providing quality time with friends and family
  • working with schools, faith communities, competitions and other relevant third party organisations that encourage arts participation.

Projects that target Asian Aucklanders less accustomed to living in New Zealand* by:

  • promoting a connection to their own culture
  • promoting development/personal goals
  • promoting an interest in participating in the arts as a hobby or interest.

*'Asian Aucklanders less accustomed to living in New Zealand' are defined as people who have been in New Zealand between five and 10 years, and/or are less fluent in English and/or arrived in New Zealand when they were 40 or older.

Arts development:

Projects that involve:

  • the transmission of high-quality artistic practice within a contemporary context
  • the creation of high-quality artwork
  • the preservation and development of cultural heritage and identity through innovative arts practice
  • young Pasifika artists living in South Auckland.

Eligible costs 

Eligible costs can include, but are not limited to:

  • domestic travel
  • materials
  • artist and consultant fees
  • studio hire
  • marketing and promotion of an event
  • publications
  • technical/installation costs
  • recording costs
  • residency and internship costs
  • artist fees and new materials

What's not funded

Internships for Māori and Pacific arts managers are not eligible f or funding. These are currently provided by the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and Toi Māori Aotearoa on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

Creative New Zealand also does not fund:

  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • arts education resources and activities that are part of a course of study
  • content for television, radio or film
  • marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai
  • buying capital items
  • buying or renovating buildings
  • an organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes.

Funding details

  • The maximum grant is $100,000 per applicant.
  • Creative New Zealand and Foundation North will jointly support and invest in the same projects funded through the Auckland Diversity Project Fund although the percentages contributed may differ.
  • Foundation North will support projects to a maximum amount of $50,000.
  • GST is payable on the grant portion from Creative New Zealand.  GST is not payable on the grant portion from Foundation North.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Discuss your proposal with us (see contact details below).
  2. Start your application online.
  3. Gather artistic support material.
  4. Prepare a budget using our budget template.
  5. Check that you've included all the requested information and have not exceeded the word limits.
  6. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Applications are assessed by Foundation North staff and external peer assessors.

Assessment criteria

Proposals will be assessed on how strongly a project will deliver to:

  • audience engagement: projects that increase attendance and participation in the arts by Māori, Pacific and/or Asian audiences in the Auckland Region; and/or
  • arts development: projects that facilitate, support and promote development of arts by, with and for Māori, Pacific or Asian artists and communities.

Assessment will also consider:

  • the suitability of a project’s proposed creative/development process and timeline
  • the applicant’s experience and ability
  • the realism, accuracy and completeness of the project budget
  • if a project will use Creative New Zealand research findings

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants by 10 November 2017 and list successful applicants in who got funded

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date and by no later than 30 September 2018. Reports must be made using the Auckland Diversity Project Fund report template (will be supplied).

7. Who to contact

Helen Bartle
Senior Adviser Audience Development and Capability Building
(09) 377 8750