Arts Continuity Grant 2020

An Arts Continuity Grant is offered to support a short-term arts project, or the stage of a project, that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19. Projects can include the creation and/or presentation of new work. Existing projects submitted to our suspended funds can be reframed and resubmitted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with weekly decision-making.

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Up to $50,000

29 May 2020

12:00 pm

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • Individuals who are New Zealand (NZ) citizens or permanent residents. 
  • NZ-based organisations 
  • To apply under Māori arts:
    • individual applicants must be Tangata Whenua Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
    • organisations must be Māori-led. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.
  • To apply under Pacific arts – whether you’re an individual or organisation:
    • you must be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident
    • your project must align to the Pacific Arts Strategy, and Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in the practice of the project
    • non-Pacific applicants are eligible, but the project must deliver outcomes to Pacific art and artists.

Special Eligibility for Arts Continuity Grant

The grant is only available to support a short-term arts project, or the stage of a project, that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19.

The fund only offers support for projects, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding that:

  • can be completed by 30 September 2020
  • complies with government guidelines (alert levels) at the time of decision-making, which may include restriction or exclusion of international travel and physical gathering/participation.

The Arts Continuity Grant cannot support costs or losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or any historic organisational debt. For support to cover loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, see the Emergency Relief Grant

International organisations are not eligible to apply for an Arts Continuity Grant.

Timing

  • Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must be completed by 30 September 2020.
  • All grants will be paid by 30 June 2020.
  • Only those costs which will be incurred post 14 April 2020 or from the date of your project starting will be considered eligible.

Note, this fund is open until 29 May*, however applications will be assessed each week on a rolling basis, with applicants being notified their result within three weeks from when their application has been submitted, or sooner if possible.

*Due to an overwhelming response, we've brought forward the closing date for applying for the Arts Continuity Grant to 29 May (from 18 June). Read our media release about the change

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 only apply once to this fund.

Resubmitting a declined project

Previously declined projects across any Creative New Zealand funding opportunities cannot be resubmitted.

If you had an application prepared or submitted in the online portal for a fund that was suspended due to COVID-19, you can take content from it for this application. You can access that application via your dashboard in the Portal.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • Your project, or project phase, 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, or with one of these organisations? If so, you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution/endorsement of/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.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded

Purpose

The grant is to support a short-term arts project, or the stage of a project, in our changing environment due to COVID-19. Projects can include the creation and/or presentation of new work. Existing projects submitted to our suspended funds can be reframed and resubmitted.

Within our new environment, we will support new ways of working. e.g. projects that allow artists, arts practitioners, groups and arts organisations to investigate new ways of working and take artistic risks.

The supported activity includes:

  • research
  • creative development
  • professional development
  • promotion
  • distribution.

The fund only offers support for a project, or the stage of a project, that:

  • can be completed by 30 September 2020
  • complies with government guidelines (alert levels) at the time of decision-making, which may include restriction or exclusion of international travel and physical gathering/participation.

Note, if your application is for a stage of a project, we cannot guarantee that the next stage of your project will be funded.

This fund is open until 29 May, however applications will be assessed each week on a rolling basis, with applicants being notified their result within three weeks from when their application has been submitted, or sooner if possible.

Arts Continuity Grant programme purposes

To receive an Arts Continuity Grant, your project must achieve one or more of the four programme purposes below. Be sure to make a statement in your application about how your project will achieve one or more of them.

  1. Sustaining careers for artists, arts practitioners, groups and organisations

For instance, giving opportunities for artists, arts practitioners, groups and organisations to:

  • maintain their practice over the immediate period
  • have the time to investigate and assess new ways to create, develop and distribute their work in a sustainable manner.
  1. Development of arts practice

For instance, projects allow arts practitioners, groups and organisations to:

  • continue to research, create or develop new work
  • develop their professional and creative skills to improve the quality of their practice, organisational effectiveness, and financial health.
  1. Innovation in New Zealand arts

For instance, projects that allow artists, arts practitioners, groups and arts organisations to actively investigate new ways of working and take artistic risks. 

In the face of challenges, these projects look beyond existing or conventional models of concept and delivery to create an original solution. The focus is on exploring new approaches to solving challenges to drive resilience.

Innovation may exist in the:

  • form of the work
  • process of creating the work
  • way the work is presented
  • ways the work engages with its audience, including digital distribution
  • way in which skills and techniques are passed on.
  1. Opportunities for diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts experiences

For instance, projects that remove barriers to access for participation across New Zealand, including using digital technologies.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must specify which one of these Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes that your project aligns with:

  • 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.

Aligning with our Māori Arts and Pacific Arts strategies

The purposes of the Arts Continuity Grant 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.

Te Hā o ngā Toi – Māori Arts Strategy 2019 – 2024

The four focus areas of the Strategy are to:

  • advance ngā toi Māori practice development
  • increase public engagement with ngā toi Māori
  • build a stronger sector to advance ngā toi Māori aspirations
  • work collaboratively with others to strengthen ngā toi Māori.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - Te Hā o ngā Toi

The Pacific Arts Strategy 2018 – 2023

The four focus areas of the Strategy are the following:

  • Tagata - Pasifika artists and arts practitioners are resourced to develop their practice and deliver outstanding work.
  • Moana - Meaningful connections are made, across Aotearoa, Oceania and globally, to ensure that Pacific arts are further enriched.           
  • Vaka - Pacific arts groups, collectives and organisations are supported to help lead and grow Pacific arts in Aotearoa.
  • Va - An innovative and networked Pacific arts environment exists so that Pacific arts are strengthened for future success.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - Pacific Arts Strategy

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 funded by other government agencies.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand including early learning, school or further education.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • 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).
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a territorial local authority or Council Controlled Organisation.

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

* For the Arts Continuity Grant we recognise that new methods of project delivery may be explored in the short term and we will consider exceptional requests for up to $5,000 towards IT hardware.

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 maximum amount you can apply for is $50,000 but lower limits apply to some activities. For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Email the Special Emergency Response Package Team 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 for Arts Continuity Grant 2020.
  2. Read the funding guidelines
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the budget guideline
  4. Gather support material. Note no hard copy support material is able to be accepted. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  5. Decide whether you want your application assessed as General arts, Ngā toi Māori arts or Pacific arts (see below for information to help you choose)
  6. Complete each question in the portal application form
  7. Submit your application online. The final date applications will be accepted is 29 May 2020 at 1pm.
  8. This fund is open until 29 May, however applications will be processed each week on a rolling basis with applicants being notified their result within three weeks from when their application has been submitted, or sooner if possible. We will assess applications in the order they arrive and given the number of proposals may change from week-to-week, timing of processing may vary.

Choose how you want your application to be assessed 

Arts Continuity Grant applications can be assessed as one of the following. You can choose:

General Arts: if your project is one of the following artforms: craft/object, dance, interarts, literature, multidisciplinary, music, theatre, visual arts or community arts.

Ngā toi Māori: if your project is by Māori and Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice and outcomes of your proposed activities. By Māori means:

  • individual applicants must be Tangata Whenua Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
  • organisations must be Māori-led. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.

Pacific Arts: if your project delivers outcomes to Pacific art and artists and Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice and outcomes of your proposed activities. To apply under Pacific arts – whether you’re an individual or organisation:

  • you must be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident
  • your project must align to the Pacific Arts Strategy, and Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in the practice of the project
  • non-Pacific applicants are eligible, but the project must deliver outcomes to Pacific art and artists.

See 'Section 4. Assessing applications' if you want more information about the assessment process and criteria.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

External peer assessors will assess your application using the following criteria. Each criteria is scored out of 3.

Idea

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

  • The artistic aims are clearly expressed

Viability

Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicator:

  • The process and budget are realistic and achievable in the changing circumstances

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to the purposes of the programme? We look for the following indicator:

(Note, your project will not be assessed on the delivery of your project to the Strategic Outcome you have selected however we require this information for our reporting).

Māori and Pacific Arts assessment  

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

Mātauranga Māori

The project will also be assessed on Mātauranga Māori:

  • being evident in the practice of the project

Kaupapa Pasifika

The project will also be assessed on Kaupapa Pasifika:

  • being evident in the practice of the project

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score each criteria: Idea, Viability, Strategic Fit, and where appropriate Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika.

3 – Excellent – Exceeds the indicator
2 – Good – Satisfies the indicator
1 – Poor – Does not meet the indicator

Arts Continuity Grant Programme Purposes

You must also choose one or more of these Arts Continuity Grant Programme Purposes to be assessed on:

  • Sustaining careers for artists, arts practitioners, groups and organisations
  • The development of arts practice
  • Innovation in New Zealand arts
  • Opportunities for diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts experiences

Be sure to make a statement in your application about how your project will achieve one or more of them.

How we assess your application

Two external peer assessors will assess your application using the assessment criteria and assessment scale listed above, resulting in a total possible score of 18 (General Arts) or 24 (Ngā toi Māori and Pacific Arts Funds).

Assessment Panels will meet every Wednesday to achieve consensus and make recommendations for funding. These panels will be cross art form and will consist of external peer assessors who have assessed the applications. Creative New Zealand staff will provide advice where required.

Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Who are our External Peer Assessors?

External peer assessors assess applications to our funding programmes and initiatives. They are selected based on their experience in an artform and where possible represent the diversity within our applicants. In accordance with our legislation, Māori and Pasifika assessors will be used to assess applications to our Māori and Pacific funds or artforms.

You can nominate Peer Assessors using these forms.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email applicants their result on Fridays within three weeks from when their application has been submitted, or sooner if possible.

We also list successful applicants on who got funded

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

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

Note that we are expecting high levels of demand for this fund. This means if we are unable to offer you funding, we will unfortunately not be able to provide individualised feedback.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: