Auckland Diversity Fund

Supporting projects by arts organisations that engage with Māori, Pacific and Asian communities in the Auckland Region. This is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.


Closing dates:

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up to $100,000

7 Feb 2020

1:00 pm

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

New Zealand-based organisations.

Fund eligibility

To apply for the Auckland Diversity Fund:

  • Your organisation must be a registered incorporated society or a registered charitable trust, or on the charities register for at least twelve months.

  • Your arts organisation must be established and either based in the Auckland region* or with a significant presence in the region.

  • Individual artists are not eligible unless they partner with an established arts organisation that meets the eligibility criteria.

  • You must have a track record of delivering high-quality work to audiences, and/or creating and presenting high-quality work.

  • Your project must engage Māori, Pacific or Asian audiences and/or provide Māori, Pacific and Asian artists in the Auckland region with artistic, organisational, financial or audience development benefits.

  • Your project must demonstrate true partnership between collaborators.

  • Your project must be of high artistic quality.

  • If your organisation is in our Toi Tōtara Haemata or Toi Uru Kahikatea programme you must propose activities that do not duplicate current funding with Creative New Zealand.

  • If you receive funding from other agencies you must propose activities that do not duplicate what has already been funded by those agencies.

*The Auckland Region is the area within the borders of the Auckland Council.

Project timing

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

  • start after 27 March 2020
  • be completed by 27 March 2021

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 in this funding round.


If you are a previous recipient of this fund you are required to provide a progress report as part of your application if your current project is not yet complete.

Email Funding Services to check whether you are eligible to resubmit a previously declined application. For more detail visit our Funding guidelines - reapplying for the same project

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 Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes are eligible to apply. But they must show how the activity:
  • 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.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


The purpose of the Auckland Diversity Fund is to ensure Creative New Zealand’s investment, services and operations deliver to Auckland’s rapidly changing demographics.

This fund supports:

  • audience engagement: projects that increase attendance and participation* in the arts by Māori, Pacific and Asian audiences in the Auckland region
  • artform development: projects that facilitate, support and promote the development of the arts by, with and for Māori, Pacific or Asian artists and communities.

*By participation we mean the active involvement of individuals, groups and/or communities in the making or presentation of art. It can apply to professional, emerging and non-professional artists, including those involved in cultural and recreational activities.

What we fund

Eligible costs can include, but are not limited to:

  • materials
  • artist and consultant fees
  • studio hire
  • marketing and promotion of an event
  • publications
  • technical/installation costs
  • recording costs
  • residency and internship costs.

Please note:

  • The maximum grant is $100,000 per application.
  • Creative New Zealand and Foundation North will identify some projects that they will jointly support through the Auckland Diversity Fund, although their respective contributions may differ.
  • Foundation North will support projects to a maximum amount of $50,000.
  • GST is payable on the grant amount from Creative New Zealand. GST is not payable on the grant amount from Foundation North.

Special requirements during your project

If you are funded by the Auckland Diversity Fund:

  • We may request you to be available to assist with case studies and/or capability building initiatives to share your experiences and learning with others. These may include:
    • presenting your project as a case study at a Creative New Zealand capability building hui or wānanga,
    • other activities celebrating your project.
  • You must ensure one member of your team collects and records data in preparation for your project completion report. We can provide sample best practice questionnaires or surveys to help you record:
    • audience numbers
    • participant numbers
    • ethnicities of audiences and participants (e.g. via self-completion questionnaires at events or online); languages (e.g. Māori, Samoan, Hindi, Chinese etc.) that may feature in your project (where relevant)
    • qualitative feedback from audiences and description of participant experience.

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

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

Contact funding services if you have questions.

3. Make an application


Register or Log in

How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Auckland Diversity Fund 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 artistic support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material

  5. Complete each question in the portal application form.

  6. Submit your application online by 1pm on the closing date.

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

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The idea is compelling.
  • The project has the potential to deliver long-term outcomes for Māori, Pacific and/or Asian communities.
  • The audience development or community engagement plans are well thought through.
  • The artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.


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

  • The people involved are capable of successfully delivering this project
  • The partners share in the delivery of, and responsibility for, the project
  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand and Foundation North outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The project delivers to the selected Creative New Zealand strategic outcome 
  • The project will deliver to Foundation North’s outcomes (listed below) of enhanced cultural vibrancy and increased participation
  • The project delivers to one of the two purposes of the fund: audience engagement OR artform development

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must choose one of these Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders participate in the arts
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts.
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient

Foundation North Outcomes:

Enhanced cultural vibrancy
Our diverse communities are recognised and celebrated, our heritage and history are preserved, cultural identity is strengthened, and cross-cultural connectedness grows.

Increased participation
More people take part in recreation, sports, the arts, cultural activities and other community programmes and events.

Read more about these outcomes in the Foundation North Strategic Plan 2018 (pdf 1MB)

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale for Idea, Viability and Strategic fit:

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

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors and Foundation North staff will assess your application. External peer assessors are selected based on their experience in an artform and 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. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services and Foundation North for a 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 their result seven weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 27 March 2020.

We also will list successful applicants at 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. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time. Creative New Zealand will share your report with Foundation North and the recipient is required to acknowledge Foundation North’s grant in its annual report and audited accounts.

Login to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: