Arts Grants 2022/23: FAQs

Here are some answers to questions about our Arts Grants for the 2021/22 financial year.

We add new questions and answers occasionally, as needed. You’ll find them at the end of the relevant section, dated for when they were added and not necessarily listed in order of importance.

Last updated: 1 June 2022


Amount funded: From $5,000 to $75,000 per application
Who it is for: Individual artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations, excluding organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes.

Arts Grants in 2022/23 will:

  • provide four rounds between July 2022 and June 2023
  • accept a maximum of two applications from one applicant across the four rounds (applicants can only submit one application in any round)
  • close each round when 250 applications have been submitted (a total of 1,000 applications can be submitted across all four rounds in the financial year July 2022 to June 2023)
  • notify applicants of decisions in September 2022, December 2022, April 2023 and June 2023.

Eligibility criteria will remain the same.

Full details about Arts Grants will be available on our website when the first round for 2022/23 opens on 25 July 2022.

1. Arts Grants 2022/23: What's different?

1.1 What’s changed from previous Arts Grants programmes?

We will be offering four Arts Grants rounds, with notifications 10 weeks after the opening date. Arts Grants will open on 25 July 2022.

Key changes for Arts Grants in the 2022/23 financial year:

  • There’ll be four rounds between July 2022 and June 2023 (in 2021/22 there were six rounds).
  • A limit of up to 250 applications will be able to be submitted for each round (in 2021/22 the limit was 225).
  • Rounds will close once 250 applications are submitted.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions in September 2022, December 2022, April 2023 and June 2023.

Eligibility criteria will remain the same as for the 2021/22 financial year.

1.2 Why has the number of rounds been reduced?

We don’t have as much pūtea (money) to invest in this upcoming financial year as we did in the past two financial years (2020/21 and 2021/22).

Prior to COVID-19, we offered four Arts Grants rounds a year and we’re returning to this model to:

  • prioritise our ability to deliver other programmes
  • maintain a consistent Arts Grants budget
  • maintain a fair success rate across rounds
  • continue with the shorter decision-making timeframes than pre-COVID times (which used to be 12 weeks from closing date).

1.3 Why are you limiting the number of applications that can be submitted?

A limit on application numbers means that we can:

  • maintain swift decision-making timeframes for applicants
  • better manage the availability of our assessors
  • resource each round appropriately – we don’t have a sufficient number of assessors to assess a round of 500+ applications within a reasonable timeframe
  • hold a steadier success rate above 20%. 

1.4 What happened to the closing dates and why are they no longer listed?

The 2022/23 schedule no longer lists a closing date for Arts Grants. Rounds will continue to open on published dates and will close once the maximum number of applications (250) has been submitted. This means there is no set closing date for a round. When a round closes it’s determined by the number of applications received, rather than a date. In 2021/22, all funds with a limit closed before the advertised closing date because the maximum number of applications were submitted before this date - we understand this meant some people missed out as they planned to submit their application closer to the closing date.

We’ve taken your feedback on board and hope that this new approach will reduce disappointment.

We will continue to show updates on the application form of the numbers of applications submitted and in draft.

1.5 How much budget is being allocated to 2022/23 Arts Grants?

The 2022/23 Arts Grants budget is $9 million, significantly less than our 2021/22 budget of $17.1 million.

In 2021/22, we received an additional $5 million from the Government to support the arts sector through Delta. For 2022/23, there is no further additional Government investment as part of its COVID-19 response.