Fundraising for the Arts - Staff Placement 2019

This partnership between Creative New Zealand and Foundation North offers selected arts organisations the opportunity to apply for funding towards the salary costs of a fundraising staff placement.


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Up to $50,000 per successful applicant

5 Apr 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must:

  • be either a Creative New Zealand investment client within the Auckland region OR a selected organisation that is funded by Foundation North in Auckland and Northland
  • meet all Foundation North’s eligibility criteria including delivering services within the designated boundaries of the Foundation North region
  • be a registered incorporated society, or a registered charitable trust, or on the charities register, and have been operating for at least twelve months
  • have met all mandatory reporting requirements of both Creative New Zealand and Foundation North for all previous grants
  • make a financial and/or in-kind contribution to the staff placement
  • include the organisation’s fundraising strategy
  • include a work plan for the period of the staff placement that includes objectives/goals and SMART targets for the staff member
  • include a coaching/mentoring plan for the staff member including the name of a senior leader/manager who will be accountable for, and support, the position
  • include a time-frame, recruitment process and position description for the role (full-time or part-time)
  • provide a letter of support from the organisation’s Board, endorsing the position and outlining the longer term plans for investing in fundraising capability within the organisation.

2. See what's funded

The Fundraising for the Arts - Staff Placements Fund offers selected arts organisations in Auckland or Northland the opportunity to apply for funding towards salary costs of one fundraising staff placement within the organisation.

The purpose of the fund is to build arts organisations’ capability and help them to diversify their income streams to increase their sustainability. It provides targeted resourcing to assist organisations to implement their existing fundraising strategies and practically deliver their plans.

Grant amount

  • A recipient may receive up to $50,000 in any one funding round.
  • A recipient may receive up to a total of $100,000 over the lifespan of the fund (2017, 2018, 2019).
  • Creative New Zealand and Foundation North will fund each grant equally. GST is payable on the grant portion from Creative New Zealand. GST is not payable on the grant portion from Foundation North.
  • The grant will be payable on confirmation of the fundraiser’s appointment.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

Applications for the 2019 funding round open on 25 February 2019 and close on 5 April 2019.

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4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • The organisation demonstrates a compelling need for this position at this time.
  • The objectives/goals and SMART targets for the fundraiser’s role are well-aligned with the organisation’s fundraising strategy.
  • The fundraiser’s role is integrated within, and well supported by, the organisation.


Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:

  • The position description and salary are realistic for the industry and the organisation.
  • The work and coaching plans provided appropriately reflect the level of capability and the support required to achieve this work.
  • The objectives/goals and SMART targets of the fundraising placement role are reasonable.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to the purpose of the fund? We look for the following indicators:

  • This placement will provide leverage for the organisation into other funding such as non-government sources.
  • This placement will enable the organisation to grow its fundraising capability.
  • The governance of the organisation is highly engaged in the importance of philanthropy to their sustainability.

Assessment Scale

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score ideaviability and strategic fit.

7---Excellent - exceeds all indicators
6---Very good - satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Good - satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - satisfies all indicators
3---Minor reservations - satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Major reservations - satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors and Foundation North staff will assess your application. The assessors make recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services and Foundation North for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

You can nominate external peer assessors, whose role is to evaluate a range of applications made for our funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result nine weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 17 May 2019.

At the same time, we list successful applicants on Results of our work 

If successful we will also email you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule (note payment will not be made until a letter showing offer of employment is provided)
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time. Creative New Zealand will share your report with Foundation North and the recipient is required to acknowledge Foundation North’s grant in its annual report and audited accounts. Case studies and information about the results of the Arts Philanthropy and Partnerships Programme may also be published, in consultation with the relevant organisations.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: