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Sector Development Incentive Fund

The Sector Development Incentive Fund (SDIF) provides incentives for arts organisations to work together on activities beyond those in an annual programme, thus encouraging and supporting sector-wide development.


Closing dates:

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4 Sep 2015

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Sector Development Incentive Fund:

  • you or your organisation must have a funding agreement with us through the Toi Tōtara Haemata or the Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes
  • your proposed activities must:
    • go beyond those that usually occur in developing and delivering your annual programme
    • go beyond activities that already receive a public subsidy (including from Creative New Zealand).

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

2. See what's funded


The purpose of the fund is to encourage sector-wide development by supporting organisations to provide or engage in:

  • structured professional and/or creative development opportunities for artists, arts practitioners or arts organisations
  • collaborations to create and present or re-present New Zealand works that extend the programmes, services and reach of arts organisations and individuals
  • collaborations that will result in the production and presentation of high-quality Ngā Toi Māori work.

What’s not funded

The following activities will not be funded:

  • activities eligible for support through the Māori Arts Presentation Fund or through our capability building or international programmes.
  • activities that are already funded through the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes, unless they are a significant extension of that activity.

Proposals considered in a previous funding round may be resubmitted if the applicant(s) has received written permission from our Manager – Arts Investments Programme. If you are unsure whether your proposed activity is eligible please contact your arts adviser.

Fund size

A total of $300,000 is available in this funding round, of which:

  • up to $250,000 is available from the general fund and is expected to support at least three proposals
  • up to $100,000 is available to support collaborations that will result in the production and presentation of high-quality Ngā Toi Māori work.

Funding limits 

Lower funding limits apply to these activities:

  • mentoring: $5,000
  • websites: $5,000 for developing a new site; $5,000 for placing work on an established site

Examples of activities

Activities that could be supported by the fund include:

  • collaborations involving established New Zealand arts organisations/individual artists working with smaller arts organisations or collaborations between established arts organisations and emergent arts companies/individuals
  • opportunities for young, emergent and established artists and practitioners to develop skills or work in partnership with established New Zealand arts organisations. This may include internships.
  • presentations of diverse, high-quality arts to a wide range of new audiences
  • cost-effective and innovative use of digital technologies to create high-quality New Zealand work and/or to distribute New Zealand arts in ways that engage and interact with new audiences
  • co-commissioning and development by several presenting partners of large scale, new New Zealand work. A presenting partner may include an overseas festival, venue or company
  • opportunities for Māori arts practitioners to develop arts management skills.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Discuss your proposal with your Creative New Zealand adviser.
  2. Prepare your proposal.
  3. Check that you've included all the requested information and have not exceeded the word limits.
  4. Submit your complete proposal package by email, post or courier to arrive at our Wellington office by 5pm on the closing date.

No exceptions are made for late or incomplete applications.

What to include

Your proposal must provide:

  • details of the key individuals and organisations to be involved
  • the start and end dates for the proposed activity. We expect activity to be completed within 18 months of the funds being drawn down
  • details of the proposed activity explaining who would be doing what, where, when and how (maximum 500 words)
  • a brief statement identifying how the intended outcomes relate to the purposes of the fund
  • a brief statement outlining how the proposed activity (or activities) will respond to development needs of the sector
  • an outline of the intended outcomes, ie what does success look like for you and any collaborating parties? (maximum 250 words)
  • an outline of how you will measure the success of the intended outcomes, ie specific performance measures (maximum 250 words)
  • a budget that separates income and expenditure for the proposed activity from your core activities. We expect the budget to show what infrastructure and/or resource support you will provide for the project in dollar amounts. Explain clearly your financial assumptions using itemised notes where needed.
  • evidence of a joint proposal being from all collaborating parties, if applicable.

Internship proposals

For internship proposals, please also describe:

  • the specific training opportunity to be offered
  • the professional development outcomes that the intern is expected to achieve
  • how the internship will be delivered (including a draft programme and budget)
  • how interns will be selected
  • the timing and duration of the internship(s) and the legal relationships involved
  • relevant experience of any mentors or advisers that are part of the internship
  • external monitoring processes that would provide support for the intern
  • the proposed evaluation criteria and process for the internship.

Submitting your proposal

Submission by email

If you are submitting your proposal by email:

  • include your proposal and all support material in one email
  • ensure all files are in searchable PDF, Word or Excel format
  • clearly name all files
  • the total email size must not exceed 20MB
  • email to sdif@creativenz.govt.nz.

Post, courier or hand-delivery

If you are submitting a hard-copy proposal, you must submit:

  • two hard-copy proposals, typed in English on A4 standard weight paper and bulldog clipped (not stapled or bound)
  • one identical electronic copy of your proposal on a clearly labelled CD or DVD, with clearly-named searchable files in PDF, Word or Excel format.

Wellington office addresses


Sector Development Incentive Fund
Creative New Zealand 
PO Box 3806 
Wellington 6140

Courier or hand-delivery

Sector Development Incentive Fund
Creative New Zealand
Aorangi House 
Level 10, 85 Molesworth Street 
Wellington 6011

Keep any courier receipts with track and trace information until you have received our acknowledgement.


You should receive an email confirming that we have received your application within two working days. If not, contact us on info@creativenz.govt.nz or (04) 473 0880.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment criteria

We are looking for proposals that strengthen and develop the New Zealand arts sector.

We assess:

  • how strongly the activity (or activities) proposed will achieve one or more of the purposes of the fund
  • how far the proposed activity (or activities) will respond to development needs of the sector
  • the ability and experience of the people who will deliver the proposed activity (or activities)
  • the suitability of the processes outlined and effectiveness of the planned monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • the accuracy and completeness of the budget.

5. Notification of results

Within 10 weeks of the closing date, we will notify all applicants of the results by email.

We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page. If you are successful, we will contact you with a funding agreement which will include a set of agreed key performance indicators (KPIs).

6. On completion

Reporting on your project

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using a report template to be requested by the applicant. Your project may also have key performance indicators (KPIs), in which case you will be required to report against these in six monthly updates to Creative New Zealand.

To be considered for further funding, your project completion report needs to be submitted on time.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: