Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund 2022

This fund offers grants to support individual artists and arts practitioners to develop skills that increase their career sustainability and future-proof their business practice. Individual artists and arts practitioners can apply for activities that help them remain relevant to audiences and communities and become more resilient to changing environments. This round will close if 100 applications have been submitted, or if the closing date is reached, whichever occurs first.


$5,000 - $10,000
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Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
28 Mar 2022, 1pm
22 Apr 2022, 1pm
3 Jun 2022

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.

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).

Pacific arts funding pool

  • Individuals who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • Your project must align to our Pacific Arts Strategy, and Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in the practice of the project.

Project timing

Your project must:

  • start after 3 June 2022
  • be completed by 2 June 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 (these are costs incurred before your project or project phase start date).

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or arts 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./object

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

Only one application can be submitted per individual.

Re-applying for the same 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, or project phase, must not have received funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.
  • Annual Arts Grant recipients are eligible to apply in their capacity as individuals, not as organisations, and only for a new project, or new project phase that extends beyond what Creative New Zealand currently funds you to deliver.
  • Does your project involve organisations in our Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes? Do you intend to partner with one of these organisations? If so, you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution to the project.
  • Permanent staff members of Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment organisations are not eligible to apply.

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 other 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


This fund offers grants to support individual artists and arts practitioners to develop skills that increase their career sustainability and future-proof their business practice. Individual artists and arts practitioners can apply for activities that help them remain relevant to audiences and communities and become more resilient to changing environments.

Special guidance

This funding round is limited to 100 applications.

Once 100 applications have been submitted, or the closing date has been reached, the round will close to any further submissions. A funding round limit helps manage demand for the available funding, and ensures faster decisions are made.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

When applying, you must include a COVID-19 Contingency Plan. This plan must be submitted as an attachment with your application. It should include how you will undertake or adapt your project under the New Zealand Government COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light settings) and any government advisories for the country where the project is to take place. For further guidance and a template plan see our Funding guidelines - A guide to developing your COVID-19 contingency plan. Your application will be made ineligible if this is not included in your application. 

We will also continue to comply with government advisories 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.

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. Make sure you read the International activity guidelines before submitting an application.

You can only request international travel costs in your application if the government travel advisory permits travel it at the time of application. Creative New Zealand will not fund the cost of quarantining or managed isolation in any circumstances.  

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

What we fund

Individuals can apply for between $5,000 and $10,000, which could include one or a combination of the following:

  • Research and planning – contracting consultants or industry experts to help you grow your business expertise. For example, developing or revising strategic, business and risk management plans, exploring alternative business models and platforms, researching and developing new audiences, markets and income streams.
  • Inclusion – supporting inclusion in your practice and increasing access to your work. For example, disability responsiveness training, building cultural competence in Kaupapa Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika or training to recognise and address unconscious bias.
  • Manawaroa/Resilience – developing tools, resources and skills to sustain your professional practice within dynamic and challenging environments. For example, stress management training, professional supervision, wellbeing and hauora/health coaching.
  • Professional development – learning new skills to grow or adapt your business practice and career. For example, a financial training course, a programme of business management study, attendance at marketing workshops or industry conferences.
  • Digital skills – developing skills to increase online engagement and make online content accessible to new and diverse communities. For example, developing your website, fundraising using e-commerce, digital strategy development and online content development.
  • Digital tools and equipment – accessing and acquiring relevant and fit for purpose resources to carry out your project up to a maximum cost of $3,000. For example, financial management software, Zoom subscription, live streaming or virtual reality tools.

What we don’t fund

Note that this fund does not support costs related to the research, development, creation and presentation of artistic practice.

In addition the following cannot be supported:

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
  • Duplication of funding with other government agencies – for more information see our Funding guidelines - Duplication of funding with other government agencies
  • Projects, project phases or programmes of activity that have received support from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage via the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme (excluding Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund, the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme and the Grant for Self-Employed Individuals).
  • Projects or project phases that have received support from the Creative Careers Service, the pilot co-designed by the Ministry of Social Development and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  • Projects or project phases that have received support from the New Zealand Music Commission Capability Grants Programme.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • Some film and screen activity – for more information see our Funding guidelines – Film and screen
  • Purchase of capital items, renovating or buying buildings or restoring marae. You can apply for digital tools or equipment to a maximum of $3,000, and you must outline how it will support your project in your application.

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

What to include in your application

  • Your artistic CV.
  • CVs/bios of any contractors or third-party providers and confirmation in writing of their availability.
  • Quotes or proposed fees from contractors, mentors or training providers.
  • A detailed timeline with key milestones for completing your project.
  • A detailed budget for the use of the grant, including remuneration for your own time to undertake the capability building. For more information see our Funding guidelines – remuneration. If your application includes funding for digital tools or equipment, ensure you outline how it will support your project.
  • A COVID-19 Contingency Plan.
  • Applicants can choose to include a web-link to a video or audio file (of 5-minutes maximum in length) as part of their application. This is an opportunity for applicants to record themselves talking about the skills development they are looking to undertake. This should not include footage of the artist’s work such as performances or presentation. Read the Funding guidelines - support material for guidance of the formats we accept.

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 $5,000. The maximum amount you can apply for is $10,000, including up to a total of $3,000 for capital expenditure costs.

See here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Updated 23 March 2022 (pdf 209KB) relating to this fund. You can also find a visual overview of the fund used in our online Q&A, Zui and Zono. For more information or advice, email our Capability Services & Initiatives team

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

How to apply

To prepare to make an application, before the application opening date you could start thinking about your project and the information you need to gather in order to apply.

  1. Consider what you will need to tell us in your application to help us assess it (the assessment criteria are listed in the next section). You’ll need to tell us about your idea for your project – what it is, why you need it now, and how it will help your career long-term. You will also be asked to provide information about where, when and how you plan to deliver your project and who else will be involved eg. mentors, training specialists or IT providers.
  2. Read the Funding guidelines
  3. Prepare a budget:
  1. Gather support material:
  1. Decide whether you want your application assessed in the General arts, ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts funding pools:

When the fund opens on 28 March:

  1. Register or log in to the portal and select Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund 2022. Note, a maximum of 100 applications can be submitted – see point 2 below.
  2. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  3. Submit your application by 1pm on the closing date of 22 April 2022 (earlier if you can). Important: If the maximum of 100 applications has already been reached, you won’t have the option to submit.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

When you prepare your application in the Creative New Zealand portal, you will be asked to respond to a set of questions about your project.

External peer assessors will assess your application against the criteria below.


  1. Timely – There is a compelling case for this project and for why this support is needed now.
  2. Impact – This project is likely to achieve the desired goal/s and have long term benefits for the sustainability of the artist’s career.
  3. Planning – The planning and timeline is realistic and achievable.
  4. Budget – The budget is thorough and accurate.
  5. People – The people involved have the skills and experience to deliver.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score each criteria:

5 – Excellent – outstanding delivery to the criteria
4 – Very Good – strong delivery to the criteria
3 – Good – acceptable delivery to the criteria
2 – Weak – weak delivery to the criteria
1 – Poor – does not deliver to the criteria

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.

One external peer assessor will assess your application, using the assessment criteria and scale listed above, and generate a score out of a possible total of 25.

Following assessment, applications and assessor comments will be reviewed by staff and Creative New Zealand will hold an internal moderation meeting, without assessors present. At this meeting staff consider will the assessment scores, commentary and ranked order of applications. As well, they will consider 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 the ranked list created by the assessor scores.

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 based on all the previous advice and recommendations.

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/area of practice 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 all applicants their result on Friday 3 June.

We also list successful grant recipients on who got funded

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

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

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.

Login to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice, email the Capability Services & Initiatives team