Global Digital New Work Fund 2022

This fund supports researching, developing and/or creating new artwork in the digital space to be experienced by global audiences. The aim of the fund is to amplify innovative digital arts practice and encourage exploration and experimentation. It does this by supporting the development of new, high-quality digital artwork for global audiences.

Amount:

$5,000 - $10,000 for Research Strand or $5,000 - $150,000 for New Work Strand
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Funding rounds

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Round 1
Notified
11 Apr 2022, 12pm
9 May 2022, 1pm
10 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.
  • New Zealand-based organisations, groups and collectives.
  • International arts organisations, but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.

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).
  • New Zealand-based organisations, groups and collectives that are Māori-led.
  • International Māori-led arts organisations, but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.
  • If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, the individual must be Māori.

Pacific arts funding pool

  • Individuals who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • New Zealand-based organisations, groups and collectives.
  • International arts organisations, but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.
  • Your project must align to our Pacific Arts Strategy, and Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in the practice of the project.
  • Non-Pacific individuals and organisations are eligible, but the project must deliver outcomes to Pacific art and artists.

Eligibility specific to Global Digital New Work Fund 2022

If you’d like to apply for this fund, you first need to contact Creative New Zealand to discuss your project idea to determine eligibility. If after speaking to you we believe you meet the criteria, we’ll approve your request and make the application form available to you. See further details under ‘how to apply’.

For applications to the New Work Strand, you must either:

  • have a confirmed invitation or strong evidence of interest from an international presenter, OR
  • If you’re presenting via digital environments, mediums or channels, provide evidence or track record of this medium showing how it will successfully reach your target audience.

Project timing

For the Research Strand your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

  • commence after 11 June 2022
  • be completed by 10 June 2023.

For the New Work Strand your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

  • commence after 11 June 2022
  • be completed by 10 December 2023.

You’re 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 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

How often you can apply

Only one application can be submitted to this fund and to only one strand. You must select the strand you wish to apply for within the application portal.

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.
  • Organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes and Annual Arts Grant recipients are eligible to apply but 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, 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 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

Purpose

This fund supports researching, developing and/or creating new artwork in the digital space to be experienced by global audiences. The aim of the fund is to amplify innovative digital arts practice and encourage exploration and experimentation. It does this by supporting the development of new, high-quality digital artwork for global audiences.

The fund has two strands – one for Research and one for New Work. You can apply for one strand only and you must select the strand you wish to apply for within the application portal to access the correct application form.

Research Strand ($5,000 - $10,000 per application)

For researching and developing a concept with the intention that it will lead to a global presentation.

New Work Strand ($5,000 - $150,000 per application)

For the creation of new digital artwork for global audiences. This includes artistic work that uses new and emerging technology in the creation, distribution or experiencing of the work.

We’ll also consider applications from those that have:

  • an existing work currently in a ‘traditional’ form that will be significantly adapted for the digital context. We’ll look for innovation in how the work is created and/or experienced
  • started developing a digital work but wish to apply for funding to help complete the work.

What we fund

Costs covered under both strands include:

  • Artist fees.
  • Collaborator fees – this includes collaborators or experts across disciplines and industries.
  • Research and development costs – this includes scoping potential collaborators (e.g. international partners, presenters, or collaborators across disciplines and industries)
  • Specialist fees - engaging specific expertise with national or international peers or experts across disciplines and industries.
  • Prototyping and workshopping.
  • Artist or Lab Residencies.
  • Travel costs (national or international, noting travel costs for presenting work aren’t covered by this fund.)
  • Materials.
  • Rehearsals/studio space.
  • Production/Making the work.
  • Digital tools, software and equipment (up to a maximum of $3,000) – accessing or acquiring relevant and fit-for-purpose resources to carry out your project. (You must include an explanation of how you will use these resources for your project.)

Priority will be given to:

  • artists or arts organisations for whom digital or emerging technologies are integral to their practice
  • projects that foster experimentation and innovation in the development, creation, distribution, or experience of digital artwork
  • projects where the international presenter, digital platform or collaborator is investing financially in the development or presentation of the digital artwork
  • projects that demonstrate the potential to develop new and on-going international audiences or relationships.

What we don’t fund

  • Presentation costs. We expect that costs such as freight, flights, touring costs, venue hire and marketing will be met by the international presenter and/or other partners.
  • 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).
  • Core education resources and activities that are part of the curriculum and course of study in New Zealand, including early learning, school or further education.
  • 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.
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO), Territorial Local Authority (TLA) or Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).

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

What to include in your application

For both strands you must attach the New Zealand artist and/or organisation’s international plan as support material. Here's a resource to help you develop an international plan: A guide to developing your international plan

If you’re applying for the New Work Strand, your application must include, as support material for the Process section of your application:

Quotes for major costs included in the budget, and

  • EITHER
    • A confirmed invitation or strong evidence of interest from an international presenter. Include evidence that the presenter is contributing financially to the project, if applicable.
    • Confirmation that the presenter has sufficient experience and resources to deliver the project successfully, including their marketing and promotion plans.
  • OR
    • If you’re presenting via digital environments, mediums or channels, provide evidence or track record of this medium showing how it will successfully reach your target audience.

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’ll 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’ll 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’s 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’ll 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

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

You will need to specify which of Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes your activity or project aligns with. We are focused on achieving these long-term goals or strategic outcomes to develop a strong and dynamic arts environment.

They are:

  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed.
  • New Zealand arts gain international success.
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - strategic outcomes

Remuneration 

Applications to this fund should adopt a fair remuneration approach within application budgets. For more information see our Funding guidelines - remuneration

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 for the Research Strand, and $150,000 for the New Work Strand. These include up to a total of $3,000 for capital expenditure costs.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Frequently asked questions and more information

See the FAQs - Global Digital New Work Fund 2022 (pdf 242KB)

For more information or advice,  email Catherine George, Senior Adviser International Services and Initiatives

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Read the information on our website to determine if you’re eligible.
     
  2. If, after reading the information, you believe you’re eligible, email Catherine George, Senior Adviser International Services and Initiatives to discuss your project. If approved, the application form will be made available to you in our funding portal.
     
  3. Register or log in to the portal and select Global Digital New Work Fund 2022. Note the portal application form will only be made available to those artists and arts organisations we believe meet the criteria for the fund.
     
  4. Select the strand you wish to apply for (Research or New Work).
     
  5. Read the funding guidelines
     
  6. Prepare a budget. Read and watch videos about budgets at Funding guidelines – standard project budget template
     
  7. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
     
  8. Decide whether you want your application assessed in the General arts, ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts funding pools. Read the Funding guidelines – Arts Grants funding types for information to help you choose.
     
  9. Complete each question in the portal application form.
     
  10. Submit your application by 1pm on the closing date of  6 May 2022 (earlier if you can).

 

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.

Criteria statements for Research Strand

  1. Idea - The concept/idea is clearly expressed.
  2. Innovation - The idea fosters digital innovation and/or experimentation.
  3. Process - Planning and timeline are realistic and achievable.
  4. Budget - The budget is thorough and accurate.
  5. Development - The applicant has clearly demonstrated how they have the capability to deliver on their research.
  6. Presentation - The concept could lead to a global presentation or reach a global audience.
  7. Outcomes - The applicant has clearly spoken to how this project aligns with their international plan/goals, and how it aligns to the selected strategic outcome. 

 

Criteria for New Work Strand

Idea

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

  • The applicant and collaborating artists are reputable and/or have a history of creative innovation and development within a digital context or framework.
  • The work being presented is well-considered for this presenter/audience/market/platform.
  • The work being developed and presented clearly demonstrates both technical and creative innovation.

Viability

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

  • The process is realistic, well planned, and has appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate and considers fair remuneration for artists and practitioners.
  • The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

International Strategy/Strategic Outcomes

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

  • The opportunity is aligned with the applicant’s international strategy/goals or a clear rationale has been provided as to why this opportunity is important.
  • The applicant has demonstrated the potential to develop new and on-going international audiences or relationships through this project.
  • The project delivers to the selected Creative New Zealand outcome.

Aligning with Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

You will need to specify which of Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes your activity or project aligns with. We are focused on achieving these long-term goals or strategic outcomes to develop a strong and dynamic arts environment.

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

  • New Zealand arts gain international success.
  • High quality New Zealand art is developed.
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

See our Funding guidelines - Strategic Outcomes for more information.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score:

For the Research Strand our assessors use the following assessment scale to score all statements:

3 – Exceeds – Exceeds the indicator
2 – Met – Meets the indicator
1 – Not Met – Does not meet the indicator

For the New Work Strand our assessors use the following assessment scale to score all areas:

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

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.

Two external peer assessors will assess your application, using the assessment criteria and assessment scale listed above, and resulting in a total possible score per assessor of 21 for the Research Strand and 21 for the New Work Strand.

Following assessment, an assessment panel will be convened, providing an important opportunity for our peer assessors to discuss the collective merits of projects within the funding round.

This panel will consist of external peer assessors who have assessed the applications being discussed. The panel will make recommendations for funding by coming to a consensus at the meeting. Creative New Zealand staff will provide advice where required.

After the panel meeting, Creative New Zealand holds an internal moderation meeting, without assessors present but including the facilitator of the panel meeting where possible/relevant. At this meeting staff consider the assessment scores, commentary and ranked order, as well as 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 those made by the panel (for example, if one artform or community is considerably under-represented).

The moderation group makes final recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services and Senior Manager, Te Kaupapa o Toi Aotearoa, who together make 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 10 June 2022.

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.

For the New Work Strand, an interim report is also required halfway through your project timeline to update Creative New Zealand on the progress of your project.

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