Emergency Relief Grant 2020

An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy to align with Creative New Zealand’s policy to pay artists and arts practitioners fairly. Applicants to this fund must have successfully applied to the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy. The Creative New Zealand Emergency Relief fund is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organisations (including groups and collectives).

Amount:

Amount varies depending on the individual subsidy received from WINZ.
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Funding rounds

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Round 1
29 May 2020, 12:00 pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and be based in New Zealand. 
  • Arts organisations (which include collectives and groups) can co-ordinate and submit applications on behalf of individual members. Applications are assessed individually, so each staff member must complete a separate application form (including the declaration), provide their CV’s and submit their individual New Zealand bank account. Find out more in the FAQ's in section 5.1.2 (905KB pdf)
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means that as an artist or arts practitioner, including as part of an arts organisation (including collectives and groups), you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • specialised training or practical experience
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success.

Success means having at least one publicly presented work, which has received some critical or sales success. This does not include presentations made as part of a course of study. For example:

  • For a community artist, practitioner or group, success means having successfully completed at least one community arts project which has been recognised by peers or other stakeholders as demonstrating best practice in community arts. For a Pasifika artist, practitioner or group, success can be shown by having endorsements from Pasifika community leaders. For a Ngā Toi Māori artist, practitioner or group, success can be shown by having endorsements from Māori community leaders.
  • For a craft/object artist, success means at least one public exhibition of a body of work that achieved a degree of critical or sales success.
  • For a dance practitioner, success means having undertaken a key creative role in at least one publicly presented work that achieved a degree of critical or box-office success.
  • For an interarts practitioner, success means having presented at least one work that received a degree of critical, box-office or sales success.
  • For a writer of literature, success means having had published at least one work that received a degree of critical or sales success.
  • For a publisher of literature, success means having previously published at least one work by a New Zealand author that achieved a degree of critical or sales success.
  • For multidisciplinary arts success means having previously delivered a work that achieved critical and/or sales success.
  • For multidisciplinary art festivals success means having delivered at least one festival that included works from at least two artforms, of any cultural tradition. Applicants must supply accurate revenue, expenditure and attendance information about the previous festival.
  • For a musician or a music group, success means having performed publicly with a degree of critical or box-office success. This does not include performances made as part of a course of study.
  • For a music composer or writer, success means having had published or performed at least one work that received a degree of critical or sales success. This does not include performances made as part of a course of study.
  • For a Ngā Toi Māori carver, success means having been mentored by established carvers, or having completed a course at a marae-based or recognised wānanga.
  • For a Ngā Toi Māori weaving group, success means having a record of successful exhibitions or workshops in the community.
  • For a Ngā Toi Māori contemporary artist, please refer to the relevant artform e.g. if you are a contemporary dancer; check your track record requirements under Dance.
  • For a Pacific Arts artist or arts organisation, success means an arts activity that has been publicly presented and received a degree of success in either professional or community arts
  • For a Pasifika contemporary artist, please refer to the relevant artform e.g. if you are a contemporary dancer; check your track record requirements under Dance.
  • For a theatre practitioner, success means having undertaken a key creative role in at least one theatre production that achieved a degree of critical or box-office success.
  • For a visual artist, success means at least one exhibition of a body of work presented to the public. This exhibition can be a curated group show or a solo presentation, but cannot be part of a course of study. The exhibition will have achieved a degree of critical or sales success and evidence of this can be provided in the form of media and other reviews, evidence of recognition from peers or experts, or via successful sales.
  • For a visual arts curator, success means having curated work that was exhibited at a gallery and that received a degree of critical acclaim.

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

  • You must have successfully applied to WINZ for the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy before receiving an Emergency Relief Grant and must provide evidence of this (for example, a screenshot of your bank account, showing your name, account number and the WINZ payment).
  • You must show that your main source of income is derived from arts practice. We require you to supply an artistic CV showing a summary of recent projects, employment and evidence of your track record. This must include information about recent arts projects or activity. Also include specific information about public presentations and critical reviews or sales. Include links to your website or social media platform if you have one.
  • If you have received payment of income support from a Tōtara or Kahikatea organisation or are part of their application to Creative New Zealand’s Short-term Relief for Investment Clients for the period 1 March and 30 June 2020 you are ineligible to apply for the Emergency Relief Grant. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please check with the relevant organisation before submitting your application. You are not able to be supported by both funds.

Timing

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 Emergency Relief Grant to 29 May (from 18 June). Read our media release about the change

How often you can apply

You can make one application in the period to 29 May 2020.

Resubmission of a declined application

If you have been unsuccessful with an application to the Emergency Relief Grant due to incomplete documentation being provided you can resubmit if you are able to provide all the requested documentation.

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

Who we are not able to fund

  • Filmmakers, game designers, fashion and commercial designers in addition to other practitioners whose areas of arts practice Creative New Zealand does not support
  • Employees of local authorities.
  • Full-time employees of Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO).

2. See what's funded

Purpose

An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy to ensure artists and arts practitioners receive $25 per hour for their lost income, aligning to Creative New Zealand’s policy for paying artists and arts practitioners fairly. You must have successfully applied to the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy. The Creative New Zealand Emergency Relief Fund is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organisations (including groups and collectives).

This grant offers short-term income relief to sustain careers for artists and arts practitioners.

  • We are offering a contribution towards loss of income as a result of COVID19, to “top up” the WINZ subsidy to bring this up to the sustainable wage that Creative New Zealand has stated as desirable through our Sustainable Careers research.
  • The support is for wages only.
  • To be eligible you need to have successfully applied to the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy and show evidence of this.
    • The total amount of support you may receive through this Emergency Relief Grant will be calculated at less the weekly amount you receive from WINZ.
  • You can apply as an individual or on behalf of several individuals as a collective.
  • Arts organisations (which include collectives and groups) can co-ordinate and submit applications on behalf of individual members. Each individual must complete a separate application form (including the declaration) and submit their New Zealand bank account.  
  • The support can only be applied for once in the period to 30 June 2020.
  • The relief grant will be paid as one lump sum.

Funding limits

The total amount of support you may receive through this Emergency Relief Grant will be calculated at $25 per hour for either part-time or full-time work. Our support will top up the amount you have received from the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy

  • Full time (20 hrs or more) - $351.70 per week, lump sum of $4,220.40
  • Part time (20 hrs or less) - $150 per week, lump sum $1,800

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Complete the application form above and agree to the declaration
  2. Gather confirmation that you have successfully applied to WINZ for the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy (for example, a screenshot of your bank account, showing your name, account number and the WINZ payment).
  3. Gather support material including an artistic CV showing a summary of recent projects and employment and evidence of your track record. This must include information about recent arts projects or activity. Also include specific information about public presentations and critical reviews or sales. Include links to your website or social media platform if you have one.
  4. Email your application form (including declaration), and support material to emergencyreliefgrant@creativenz.govt.nz
    To ensure delivery attach a maximum of five applications per email and check the total email size is less than 10MB.

4. Assessing applications

Applications to the Emergency Relief Grant will be verified and recommended by Creative New Zealand staff to management for decision.

You may be contacted if clarification is required on the support material submitted. 

Applications will be declined if you have not submitted all the support material or if you don’t meet the criteria. If you have been declined due to incomplete documentation being provided, you can resubmit if you are able to provide all the requested documentation.

5. Notification of results

Applications will be processed within three weeks, or sooner if possible, provided that:

  • all eligibility criteria has been met
  • all required documents have been provided.

Payments will be made on Wednesdays and Fridays.

We’ve had continued high demand (a large majority are first-time applicants so there’s a little more to do at our end), and our turnaround is taking longer than the five working days initially anticipated, so we’ve extended the assessment and notification time to three weeks, or sooner if possible. Before you apply, take care to send us everything we’ve requested. We’ll email you if your application will take longer than outlined above. Ngā mihi nui for your patience.

Applicants will be advised by email and grants paid directly into bank accounts.

A batch of applications is assessed and recommended twice weekly.

Names of successful individual applicants will not be listed publicly.

Cumulative totals will be notified weekly on who got funded

6. On completion

There are no reporting requirements for this grant. There may be a requirement to share additional support material (as indicated in the declaration) if the grant is audited at any stage.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice email covid19response@creativenz.govt.nz