Annual Arts Grants 2022/23: FAQs

Here are some answers to questions about our Annual Arts Grants for the 2022/23 financial year.

Last updated: 1 June 2022


Amount funded: $75,000 to $150,000 per application
Who it is for: Individual artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations – excluding organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes – who meet specific eligibility criteria.

  • Annual Arts Grants provide flexible options for arts organisations and individual artists seeking more certainty of support for their projects over a longer timeframe.
  • Annual Arts Grants funding supports eligible artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to present a regular or continuous programme of activity over a 12-month period and/or produce or present a significant event or project.
  • There will be one round, opening on 18 July, closing on 5 August, with notifications on 16 September 2022.
  • We expect eligible applicants to strongly deliver to the Arts Grants programme purposes, and to have previously delivered programmes or projects at a high level of quality over a sustained period.
  • In the four calendar years 2018–2021, eligible applicants must have received at least three grants (from a list of specific Creative New Zealand funding opportunities) totalling at least $75,000, which have each been evaluated as having met or exceeded expectations.

Full details about the Annual Arts Grants opportunity will be available on our website when it opens on 18 July 2022.

1. Annual Arts Grants 2022: What's different?

1.1 What’s changed in the Annual Arts Grants programme for 2022/23?

Annual Arts Grants’ eligibility criteria remain essentially the same as 2021/22. Annual Arts Grants will open on 18 July 2022.

Read more in our Funding Guidelines - Eligibility for Annual Arts Grants

1.2 Are Annual Arts Grants a stepping stone into Creative New Zealand’s investment programmes?

No, this is separate to our investment programmes. The Annual Arts Grant was introduced in 2020 as part of the annual, contestable Arts Grants programme. There is no guarantee that an individual or organisation will have ongoing success in applying for the annual funding. Our Arts Grants programme aligns with the features of our Investment Strategy and provides flexible options for artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations seeking support for their projects. We introduced the Annual Arts Grants round to enable eligible individuals, groups and organisations to plan their activity and have longer-term security, as well as reduce the number of applications they must prepare and submit.