Toi Ake

Toi Ake is a funding initiative tailored to iwi, hapū, whakapapa-based roopu and maata waka to cultivate and retain heritage Ngā Toi Māori — though it does not support restoration projects. Toi Ake is offered twice a year.


Closing dates:

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Up to $65,000

29 Mar 2019

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

To apply for Māori Arts funding, projects must be by Māori, for Aotearoa and the world. This means:

  • applicants must be of Māori descent or the proposed activity must be managed or directed by Māori
  • organisations must be owned and managed by people of Māori descent. If the organisation is applying for funding on behalf of another person, that other person must also be of Māori descent.
  • applicants must explain how Mātauranga Māori will be evident in the practice and results of their proposed activities. 

Project timing

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

  • start after 31 May 2019 (for the 29 March 2019 closing date)
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant*

* Established visual artists, craft/object makers, writers and illustrators can apply for up to two years to undertake a significant or ambitious project. 

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
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Your track record

For a Ngā Toi Māori carver, success means having been mentored by established carvers, or having completed a course at a marae-based or recognised wānanga.

For a Ngā Toi Māori weaving group, success means having a record of successful exhibitions and workshops in the community.

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

How often you can apply

  • You can make up to two applications in a funding round.
  • 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.

Reapplying for the same project

  • You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission. 

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.

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


Toi Ake projects must deliver to our long-term goal (strategic outcome) that New Zealanders participate in the arts.

Projects supported

Toi Ake projects usually focus on:

  • heritage arts including ngā mahi a Te Whare Pora
  • te reo based arts including whaikōrero, karanga, mōteatea and whakapapa recitation

We also support:

  • contemporary arts projects
  • the artworks of new wharenui 

What we don't fund

  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television.
  • Activities that are associated with the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (as funding has been provided through the selection of the official Aotearoa Delegation).
  • Game design, fashion design or commercial design.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • International promotion of NZ literature. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial local authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation). 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. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.

Toi Ake funding cannot be used for:

  • arts education resources
  • marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai.

Funding limits

The maximum amount you can apply for is $65,000 but lower limits apply to some activities:

  • competitions (not prizes): $30,000 
  • documentary and archival projects: $30,000
  • international professional development: 80% of the overall cost to a maximum of $12,000
  • international presentation of artwork: a contribution to international travel and freight costs and up to $10,000 for proven costs associated with presenting work
  • mentoring: $5000
  • music recording: $15,000 for emerging artists; $25,000 for established artists
  • websites: $5000 for developing a new site; $5000 for placing work on an established site; $30,000 for editorial costs for existing websites

Publishing subsidies

We provide publishing subsidies towards the costs of editing, designing, printing and distributing a publication.

  • up to 100 pages: $2500
  • 100–200 pages: $3000
  • 201–300 pages: $3500
  • 301–400 pages: $4000
  • large heavily illustrated books: $10,000
  • children's picture books up to 16 pages: $2500
  • children's picture books over 16 pages: $3500.

Additional subsidies at the same rate as the standard subsidy (above) are available for:

  • literature in te reo or a language of the Pasfika peoples of New Zealand
  • non-fiction
  • artform publications.

Additional funding above these subsidies rates may be available if a publisher can demonstrate the work is of an exceptional nature. For more information on publishing guidelines download Application Requirements and Guidelines for Specific Activities in Make an application

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

To apply for Toi Ake follow the Arts Grant application process:

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

Login or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • artistic aims that are clearly expressed
  • a compelling idea
  • an idea that will develop the skills of the artists and/or participants involved.


Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • a realistic and well planned process
  • realistic costs and revenue
  • a thorough and accurate budget
  • people involved that have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • that your project delivers to the selected strategic outcome
  • of an artistic outcome and/or participant experience that is likely to be high-quality.

You must choose one of these strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • New Zealanders participate in the arts
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
  • New Zealand arts gain international success.

Māori and Pacific Arts assessment

In addition to the above you can have your project assessed as Māori or Pacific arts. If you do we’ll:
  • assess whether it delivers to Ngā Toi Māori or Pacific arts priorities
  • look for indicators that Mātauranga Māori or Kaupapa Pasifika is in the:
    • practice of your project
    • results of your project.

More information under Make an application

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score idea, viability, Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika.


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

The following assessment scale is used to score strategic fit.

Score – Description

5---Excellent - Exceeds both indicators
4---Very good - Exceeds one indicator
3---Acceptable - Satisfies both indicators
2---Weak - Satisfies one indicators, however there are reservations
1---Unacceptable - Does not meet either indicator

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications to the Pacific or Māori arts funds. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s 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 of their result nine weeks after the application closing date.

  • For the 29 March 2019 round we will notify on Friday 31 May 2019.

At the same time we also list successful applicants on 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 using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Login to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: