Moana Community Grants

The Moana Community Grants support and develop Pacific heritage arts (artistic expressions and forms reflecting a particular Pasifika cultural tradition) in regional towns and communities outside of Auckland and Wellington.


Closing dates:

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Up to $10,000

9 Feb 2018

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1. Check your eligibility

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

  • start after 16 March 2018 (for the 09 February 2018 closing date)
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme

Eligibility for a Moana Community Grant

To be eligible for a Moana Community Grant, the:

  • project must provide an opportunity for smaller regional communities to create, present, participate in and/or transmit Pacific heritage arts
  • people involved in the project must have the required Pacific heritage arts knowledge and skills
  • project must be well-realised and achieve the aims of the applicant
  • budget must be realistic and achievable, and include provision for realistic fees for the heritage artists involved.

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.

Other funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to receive funding during the period of their funding agreement.

How often you can apply

  • You can make up to two applications in a funding round.
  • Each application must be for a different project.
  • You can apply up to four times in total in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for a Quick Response Grant, Arts Grant, Toi Ake and/or Tohunga Tukunga, eg two arts grant applications and two Toi Ake applications.
  • If we turn down an application, you can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Arts Grants.

2. See what's funded


Moana Community Grants support:

  • Pacific heritage arts (the artistic expressions and forms that reflect a particular cultural tradition practiced by a Pacific Island group or nation)
  • smaller regional communities outside the main population centres of Auckland and Wellington.

Projects supported

Projects we can fund under the Moana Community Grants are:

  • local Pacific arts festivals such as Polyfests
  • Pacific arts gatherings and events that support learning, sharing and the passing on of knowledge for Pasifika crafts, handicrafts and performing arts such as art workshops, art fono.

For more information on specific activities funded by us download Application Requirements and Guidelines for Specific Activities in Make an application.

What we don't fund

Creative New Zealand does not fund:

  • projects and activities that are able to be funded by other government agencies or local authorities
  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • 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. 

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

To apply for a Moana Community Grant:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather artistic support material
  3. Prepare a budget using our budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online.

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Your application will be assessed by an external peer assessor. Recommendations are made to the Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision.

Assessment criteria

We assess your application on:

  • idea — how well will the proposed project provide an opportunity for smaller regional communities to create, present, participate in and/or transmit Pacific heritage arts?
  • people — do the people involved in the project have the required pacific heritage arts knowledge and skills?
  • process — is the project well-planned and likely to be successful?
  • budget — is the budget realistic and achievable, including realistic fees for the heritage artists involved?

We may also consider:

  • your track record, experience and future potential
  • your contribution to Pacific heritage arts in New Zealand
  • how strongly the project reflects Kaupapa Pasifika

Kaupapa Pasifika

We consider the extent to which Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice and results of the proposed project. 

Culturally-specific applications

When we assess a culturally-specific heritage arts application, we replace the concept of Kaupapa Pasifika with, for example, Kaupapa Samoa, Kaupapa Fiji, Kaupapa Tonga, and so on, for the specific Island group. This is equivalent to the commonly used terms “Fa’a Samoa”, “Vaka Viti” or “Faka Tonga”, meaning “the Samoan way”, “the Fijian way”, or “the Tongan way”, and so on.

5. Notification of results

Five weeks after the closing date we will email all applicants of the result.

  • For the 9 February 2018 round we will notify you on 16 March 2018 (Friday)

We also list successful applicants at who got funded

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

Reporting on your project

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.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: