Auckland Diversity Project Fund

Supporting projects by arts organisations that engage with Māori, Pacific and Asian communities in the Auckland Region. Offered in partnership with Foundation North.


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up to $100,000

17 Aug 2018

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

New Zealand-based organisations can apply.

Project timing

Projects that are longer than 12 months can be considered but we expect all to be completed by 31 October 2019.

Fund eligibility

To apply for the Auckland Diversity Project 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 collaborations must demonstrate true partnership between collaborators.
  • Your project must be of high artistic quality.
  • If your organisation is in ourToi Tōtara Haemata or Toi Uru Kahikatea programme you must propose activities that go beyond those in your annual programme
  • If you get funding from other agencies you must propose activities that go beyond what has already been funded by those agencies.

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

Special requirements during your project

If you are funded by the Auckland Diversity Project 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:
    • filmed content showing the life-cycle of your project
    • presenting your project as a case study at a Creative New Zealand capability building hui or wānanga,
    • other activities celebrating your project.
  • Make sure one member of your team to 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.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, any of our international and capability building initiatives and or investment programmes.

2. See what's funded


The purpose of the Auckland Diversity Project 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.

Funding details

  • The maximum grant is $100,000 per applicant.
  • Creative New Zealand and Foundation North will jointly support and invest in the same projects funded through the Auckland Diversity Project 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.

Eligible costs 

Eligible costs can include, but are not limited to:

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

What's not funded

Internships for Māori and Pacific arts managers are not eligible for funding. These are currently provided by the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and Toi Māori Aotearoa on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

Creative New Zealand also does not fund:

  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • arts education resources and activities that are part of a course of study
  • content for television, radio or film
  • marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai
  • buying capital items
  • buying or renovating buildings
  • an organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes.

3. Make an application


Register or Log in

How to apply

  1. Discuss your proposal with us (see contact details below).
  2. Start your application online.
  3. Gather artistic support material.
  4. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.
  5. Check that you've included all the requested information and have not exceeded the word limits.
  6. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online.

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Applications are assessed by Foundation North staff and external peer assessors.

What we assess your application on

Take a close look at the assessment criteria below, and ensure you respond directly to these areas in your application. You need to provide sufficient information so that assessors can comment on all these areas especially in the area of Strategic Fit.


  • the idea is compelling
  • the project has the potential to deliver long-term outcomes for Māori, Pacific and/or Asian communities
  • audience development or community engagement plans are well thought through.


  • the people involved are capable of successfully delivering this project
  • the collaborative partners share in the delivery of, and responsibility for, the project
  • the process and timeline are well considered
  • the budget is thorough and realistic.

Strategic fit

  • the project delivers to the selected Creative New Zealand strategic outcome (below)
  • the project will deliver to Foundation North’s outcomes (below) of enhanced cultural vibrancy and increased participation
  • the project delivers strongly to the purpose of the fund.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes:

Stronger arts communities, artists and organisations as shown by:

  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealand art gains international success.

Greater public engagement with the arts as shown by:

  • New Zealanders participate in the arts
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts.

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)

Assessment scale

Score      Description

7---Excellent - exceeds all indicators
6---Very good - satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Good - satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - satisfies all indicators
3---Minor reservations - satisfies most indicators, however, there are minor reservations
2---Major reservations - satisfies some indicators, however, there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants of the result ten weeks after the closing date..

  • For the 17 August 2018 round we will notify on Friday 19 October.

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 date, or before 25 January 2020 using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: