Fundraising for the Arts - Staff Placements Fund

Selected arts organisations can apply for funding towards the salary costs of a fundraising staff placement. The fund is the result of a partnership Creative New Zealand and Foundation North and is offered for two years (2018 and 2019).


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Up to $50,000 per applicant

20 Apr 2018

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1. Check your eligibility

This opportunity is only available to Creative New Zealand’s investment clients from the Auckland region and selected organisations that are funded by Foundation North in Auckland and Northland.

To apply for this funding, applicants must:

  • be arts organisations that have a strategic relationship with Foundation North and Creative New Zealand, and must meet all Foundation North’s and Creative New Zealand’s eligibility criteria.
  • deliver services within the boundaries of the Foundation North region.
  • be a registered incorporated society, or a registered charitable trust, or on the charities register, and in operation for 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.
  • have a fundraising strategy for their organisation and a plan for the period of the staff placement including specific targets.
  • be able to demonstrate endorsement from their Board and a commitment to long-term building in this area.

2. See what's funded

The Fundraising for the Arts - Staff Placements Fund offers selected arts organisations the opportunity to apply for funding towards salary costs of a fundraising staff placement.

The purpose of the Fundraising for the Arts - Staff Placements 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.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

Applications for the 2018 funding round open on 19 March and close 20 April 2018

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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 application requires:

  • an organisational fundraising strategy and work plan for the placement period that aligns with the strategy and includes objectives/goals, SMART targets and a coaching/mentoring component for the staff member.
  • the name of a senior leader/manager who will be accountable for and support the position.
  • details of any mentoring/coaching support to be offered to the position.
  • a letter of support from your Board that endorses the position and outlines the organisation’s longer term plans for investing in fundraising capability within the organisation and commitment to implement and engage in the fundraising strategy.
  • time-frame, recruitment process and a Position Description for the role (full-time or part-time).
  • a budget including the contribution from the organisation (in-kind and financial).

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Applications are assessed by external assessors.

A panel of external assessors, with advice from Creative New Zealand staff and external capability specialists, will make recommendations to the Senior Manager, Arts Development Services for decision.

Assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the potential for the organisation to leverage from the opportunity and grow their sustainability and the viability of the goals, budget and the expectations of delivery for this position.

5. Notification of results

We will advise all applicants of the result via email on 1 June 2018.

6. On completion

At the conclusion of the grant period, grant recipients will report to each of the funding partners:

  • Project Completion Report to Creative New Zealand (which will be shared with and acquitted separately by Foundation North)
  • Impact Report to Foundation North

The recipient agrees 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.

7. Who to contact

For more information contact:

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

Grace Sinclair
Project Administrator, Capability Building
(09) 373 3077