Annual Arts Grants 2021

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.

Amount:

$75,000 - $150,000
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Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Status:
Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
Closed
5 Jul 2021
13 Aug 2021, 1pm
1 Oct 2021

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

You can apply to one of three funding pools: General arts, ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts. You may be eligible for more than one pool, but you can only choose one for your application.

General arts funding pool

  • Individuals who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • New Zealand-based organisations (including groups and collectives).
  • International arts organisations, but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.

Ngā toi Māori funding pool

  • Individuals who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and who are also Tangata Whenua Māori (or whose proposed project is managed or directed by Māori).
  • New Zealand-based organisations (including groups and collectives) that are Māori-led.
  • International Māori-led arts organisations, but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.
  • If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, the individual must be Māori.

Pacific arts funding pool

  • Individuals who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • New Zealand-based organisations (including groups and collectives).
  • International arts organisations, but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.
  • Your project must align to our Pacific Arts Strategy, and Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in the practice of the project.
  • Non-Pacific individuals and organisations are eligible, but the project must deliver outcomes to Pacific art and artists.

Additional eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for this fund you must be an artist, arts practitioner or arts organisation that:

  • meets the general Arts Grants eligibility criteria, and
  • meets one of the following scenarios:
    • In the four calendar years 2017–2020, you received at least three grants (from this list of  Creative New Zealand funding opportunities) totalling at least $75,000, which have each been evaluated as having met or exceeded expectations.
    • In the three calendar years 2017–2019, you received funding through Toi Tōtara Haemata or Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes but are no longer receiving this funding.
    • You submitted an Expression of Interest in March 2020 to take part in Te Puāwaitanga, our developmental programme.
    • You are a successful recipient of an Annual Arts Grant awarded in 2020 and have submitted an interim report that has been evaluated as being ‘on track’.

Note the portal application form is only available to those artists and arts organisations we believe meet these criteria. If you believe you are eligible and do not have access, or have further questions email Funding Services

Project timing

The programme of activity or project you are seeking funding for must be completed in a 12-month period, and within 15 months from the date of notification.

The programme of activity or project you are seeking funding for must:

  • start after 1 October 2021
  • be completed by 1 January 2023

You are only eligible to apply for costs incurred during your application project timeline – this starts after the notification date. Creative New Zealand can’t support retrospective costs.

Did you receive an Annual Arts Grants in 2020 and wish to apply in 2021?:

  • If your 2020 project has not been fully delivered by 13 August 2021 you will need to provide an interim report that has been evaluated as being ‘on track’ before submitting your 2021 application.  
  • If your 2020 project has been fully delivered you must submit your project completion report before submitting your 2021 application.

Note: If you are successful in receiving an Annual Arts Grants in 2021 and wish to apply for an Annual Arts Grants in 2022, you will need to provide an interim report on your 2021 project if it has not been delivered by the time the Annual Arts Grants 2022 opportunity opens (or a project completion report if has been completed) before submitting your 2022 application.

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.

For more information about track record requirements for your artform see our Funding guidelines - the artforms we support

If you 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 one application to Annual Arts Grants in 2021.
  • If you are applying to Annual Arts Grants 2021, you cannot make an application to Arts Grants 2021/22 for rounds 1 and 2 (between 5 July 2021 – 22 October 2021).
  • If you are unsuccessful in your application to Annual Arts Grants 2021 you can apply to Arts Grants 2021/22 from round 3 (closing 29 October 2021). 
  • If you are successful in your application to Annual Arts Grants:
    • you cannot apply to any Arts Grants round in the 12 months following the notification of your 2021 Annual Arts Grant
    • you can apply for non-Arts Grants programme funding opportunities, subject to eligibility criteria.

Resubmitting a previously declined project

Resubmissions of declined projects from past funding opportunities may be considered in limited circumstances at the discretion of Creative New Zealand. For more information see our Funding Guidelines – Reapplying for the same project

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • Your project, project phase or programme of activity must not have received funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  
  • Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to apply.
  • Does your project involve organisations in our Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes? Do you intend to partner with, or present at one of these organisations? If so, you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution to the project.

Breaches of agreements

We cannot consider an application if you, your organisation, or key members of your project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant or another funding contract. In addition, if we consider the terms and conditions of funding to be seriously breached, we reserve the right to terminate the grant and seek repayment.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded

Purpose

Annual Arts Grants offer funding to enable 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. We have specific goals, called programme purposes, that we want to achieve through the Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme.

Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes:

  1. More sustainable careers for individual artists and arts practitioners.
  2. Development of arts practice.
  3. Innovation in New Zealand arts.
  4. Opportunities for diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts experiences.

We expect eligible applicants to strongly deliver to the Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes, and to have previously delivered programmes or projects at a high level of quality over a sustained period.

We need to know how your project will contribute to the programme purposes. You need to tell us in your application how your project will deliver to one or more of the programme’s purposes.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes

Special guidance

Key required documents

As part of your application you must show how your programme or project aligns with your business plan (or long-term strategy or goals). You must include in your application a business plan. For more information see A guide to developing your business plan (pdf 60KB)

You must complete and attach in your application the Activity and Budget template. For more information see our Funding guidelines - budgets

If your application contains international activity you must also attach your international plan (see below).

COVID-19 Alert Levels

When applying, you will need to ensure your project will be possible within the government alert level current at the time of notification. We suggest you also describe any potential changes you might make if the alert level is lower or higher when we are making our decision (just prior to the round notification date published in the funding calendar).

We will also continue to comply with government advisories (including alert levels) and/or border controls. For this reason, when making funding decisions, we may decline a programme or project if it is not viable at the time of notification, regardless of when the project is planned to take place.

International activity guidelines and advice

Funding is available to support artists and practitioners to engage in a variety of international activities. Make sure you read the updated International activity guidelines before submitting an application.

We anticipate that the majority of activity involving an artist or practitioner participating overseas will occur virtually for much of this year. If your project requires international travel you will need to follow official travel advice. You and your international partners should carefully consider the additional risks of travel.

You can only include international travel in your application if the government travel advisory permits it at the time of application, for example the Australia/New Zealand Trans-Tasman ‘bubble’. We will not accept the cost of quarantining or managed isolation as eligible costs.

If advisory or border control information changes during the period between submission and decision, Creative New Zealand reserves the right to exercise discretion and/or comply with government advisories and/or border controls.

Read our Funding guidelines - international activity

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

As well as achieving one or more of the programme purposes above, you also need to specify which of Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes your activity or project aligns with. We are focused on achieving these long-term goals or strategic outcomes to develop a strong and dynamic arts environment.

They are:

  • 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.
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

For more information  see our Funding guidelines - strategic outcomes

Aligning with our Māori Arts and Pacific Arts strategies

The purposes of the Arts Grants programme align with the features of our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua, our Māori Arts Strategy Te Hā o ngā Toi and our Pacific Arts Strategy. These strategies may be useful in helping you explain the purpose of your project or activity.

See more about our strategies in our funding guidelines about our Māori Arts Strategy Te Hā o ngā Toi and our Pacific Arts Strategy

Read our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023

Remuneration

Applications to this fund should adopt a fair remuneration approach within application budgets. For more information see our Funding guidelines - remuneration

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
  • Activities that are the responsibility of other government agencies.
  • Core education resources and activities that are part of the curriculum and course of study in New Zealand, including early learning, school or further education.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • Feature films, short films and film/screen development activities.
  • Purchase of capital items, renovating or buying buildings, or restoring marae.
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO), Territorial Local Authority (TLA) or Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).

For more information see our Funding guidelines – what we don’t fund

Additional activity guidelines and advice

Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Funding limits

The minimum amount you can apply for is $75,000. The maximum amount you can apply for is $150,000 but lower limits apply to some activities.

If your activity is impacted by lower limits, we recommended that you apply to Arts Grants.

Lower limits do apply to some activities.  For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Email Funding Services if you have further questions.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal to start your application and select Annual Arts Grants 2021. Note the portal application form is only available to those artists and arts organisations we believe meet these criteria. If you believe you are eligible and do not have access, or have further questions email Funding Services
  2. Read the Funding guidelines
  3. Prepare a budget using either the Funding guidelines - standard project template budget or the Funding guidelines - activity & budget templateEmail Funding Services to discuss the options further.
  4. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  5. Decide whether you want your application assessed in the General arts, ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts funding pools. Read the Funding guidelines – Arts Grants funding types for information to help you choose.
  6.  Complete each question in the portal application form.
  7. Submit your application by 1pm on 13 August 2021 (earlier if you can).

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

External peer assessors will assess your application using the following criteria.

Idea

Is it a strong idea and does it align to your long term goals? We consider:

  • Quality: the artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.
  • Scope: it is well conceived and there is confidence it can be delivered.
  • Alignment: alignment to business plan or long-term strategy/goals.

Viability

Is it is well planned and achievable? We consider:

  • Process: the process to achieve the programme/project is realistic and well planned.
  • Budget: is thorough, accurate and considers fair remuneration for practitioners.
  • People: The people have the expertise, capacity and credibility to achieve the programme/project.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to the purposes of the fund and our outcomes? We consider:

  • Outcome: delivery to the selected Creative New Zealand strategic outcome/s.
  • Purpose: delivery to the selected Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purpose/s.

Ngā toi Māori and Pacific Arts assessment

In addition to the above you can have your project assessed as ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts. 

Applications to the ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts funding pools will also be assessed on:

  • Mātauranga MāoriKaupapa Pasifika is evident in the idea of the project/programme.
  • Mātauranga Māori / Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice of the project/programme.
  • Mātauranga Māori / Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the outcomes of the project/programme.

Aligning with Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes

You must choose one or more of these Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes to be assessed on and tell us how your project will achieve it:

  • More sustainable careers for individual artists.
  • The development of arts practice.
  • Innovation in New Zealand arts.
  • Opportunities for diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts experiences.

Aligning with Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

As well as achieving one of the programme purposes above, you also need to specify which of Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes your activity or project aligns with. We are focused on achieving these long-term goals or strategic outcomes to develop a strong and dynamic arts environment.

In your application you must choose one of these Creative New Zealand 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.
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

See our Funding guidelines - Strategic Outcomes for more information.

Go to section 2, See what’s funded for information about programme purposes, international travel and aligning your project with our Māori Arts and Pacific Arts strategies.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score Idea and Viability, in addition to Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika if applicable to your application.

7 – Excellent – Exceeds all indicators
6 – Very Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in two
5 – Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4 – Acceptable – Satisfies all indicators
3 – Minor reservations – Satisfies two indicators only
2 – Major reservations – Satisfies one indicator only
1 – Unacceptable – Does not meet the indicators

The following scale is used to score each indicator in Strategic Fit.

3 - Outstanding - Exceeds the indicator
2 - Good - Satisfies the indicator
1 - Poor - Does not meet the indicator

Applications are assessed and scored out of a total possible score of 20 (General arts) and 27 (ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts) per assessor.

How we assess your application

Peer assessment is critical to Creative New Zealand’s decision-making process for funding, with external peer assessors using their knowledge and expertise to provide independent and impartial advice.

Two external peer assessors will assess your application, using the assessment criteria and assessment scale listed above, and resulting in a total possible score per assessor of 20 (General arts) or 27 (ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding pools, reflecting the points for the additional criteria).

Following assessment, assessment panels will be convened, providing an important opportunity for our peer assessors to discuss the collective merits of projects within the funding round.

This panel will have representation across artforms and will consist of external peer assessors who have assessed the applications being discussed. The panel will make recommendations for funding by coming to a consensus at the meeting. Creative New Zealand staff will provide advice where required.

After the panel meeting, Creative New Zealand holds an internal moderation meeting, without assessors present but including the facilitator of the panel meeting where possible/relevant. At this meeting staff consider the assessment scores, commentary and ranked order, as well as whether the range of recommended projects will meet the purposes of the programme and whether there are any gaps in achieving our strategic outcomes. On occasion the moderation group’s final recommendations may differ from those made by the panel (for example, if one artform or community is considerably under-represented).

The moderation group makes final recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services, who makes the final decision of which applications will receive funding.

Who are our External Peer Assessors?

We have a large number of external peer assessors, assessing a range of applications to our funding programmes and initiatives. They are selected based on their knowledge and experience in an artform and represent the diversity of the artists and arts organisations who apply for funding. We have a number of Māori and Pasifika assessors who assess applications to our ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding pools or artforms.

You can nominate peer assessors – information and nomination form below:

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

For more information about the assessment process and criteria see our Funding guidelines - assessment

5. Notification of results

We will email everyone their result on Friday 1 October 2021.

We also list successful grant recipients on Who got funded

If you are successful, we will also contact you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

An interim report is required halfway through your project timeline to update Creative New Zealand on the progress of your project.

A project completion report is required within 8 weeks of the project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

If you are successful in receiving an Annual Arts Grants in 2021 and wish to apply for an Annual Arts Grants in 2022, you will need to provide an interim report on your 2021 project if it has not been delivered by the time the 2022 opportunity opens (or a project completion report if has been completed) before submitting your 2022 application.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice email Funding Services