Innovation Fund 2020

We have suspended all funding programmes currently open, due to open or with applications being assessed. See our news for more information on our response to COVID-19. The Innovation Fund is a three-year initiative designed to support clients of Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea programmes to build innovation into their regular practice.

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Up to $100,000

24 Apr 2019

12:00 pm

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

Creative New Zealand investment clients already receiving funding via the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea programmes only.

Project timing

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

  • start after 16 June 2020
  • be completed by 16 June 2021.

Further funding towards a project’s later stages can be applied for in 2021.

How often you can apply

Only one application can be submitted per organisation per round. If partnering with other organisations, one organisation should apply on behalf of the partnership.

Re-applying for the same project

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

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

Purpose

The Fund is designed to provide organisations with the opportunity to become more resilient to the challenges of the future by testing new ideas to create value. This includes trialling new arts practices, ideas, products, arts experiences, or services. It also supports organisations to test alternative business models and approaches to sustaining and developing their practice.

This is the second year the Fund has been offered, as part of a three-year initiative.

Priority in 2020 will be given to applications that focus on:

  • digital innovation in art-making, and
  • innovation in artistic practice.

The types of activity you can apply for can include:

  • technological /digital innovation
  • digital innovation in art-making
  • innovation in a particular area of arts practice
  • reaching and engaging new or existing audiences in innovative ways
  • cross-disciplinary innovation activity between the arts and a non-arts field (e.g arts and the environment)
  • innovative ways of working and new models of value creation that drive resilience. For example:
    • an innovative project to generate revenue
    • a project that contributes to the organisation’s mission but tests or demonstrates a completely new way of working

Definition of Innovation for the purposes of this Fund

Creative New Zealand uses a specific definition of the term innovation within the context of the Innovation Fund. This is more specific than the definition in the Glossary. Please use this definition for applications to this Fund:

Creating value out of and trialling new ideas, products, arts experiences, services, or ways of doing things. This includes arts practice innovation and business innovation.

Arts Practice innovation

An ‘innovative’ arts practitioner/organisation will understand the skills and techniques required by their area of arts practice, but will not rely on established ideas, forms or ways of working. They will be actively investigating new ways of working and/or will be taking artistic risks.

The innovation itself will depend on context (when and where the project is to happen). It may exist in the:

  • form of the work
  • process of creating the work
  • way the work is presented
  • ways the work engages with its audience
  • way in which skills and techniques are passed on.

Innovative practice should challenge your artistic paradigm and extend your practice into new areas.

Business innovation

An arts organisation faces or sets a challenge, and then looks beyond existing or conventional models of thought and action in order to create an original solution. The focus is on exploring new approaches to solving challenges in order to drive resilience.

How do I know if it’s innovative?

Genuine innovation expands the context beyond what is accepted as usual in your artform or area of business focus, for example by exploring:

  • authentic engagement with cultural contexts different from your own
  • practices normally associated with different art forms
  • cutting edge international approaches to disrupting your art form practice or method of engagement/presentation
  • applying already existing ways of working, business models, or products associated with different industries to your own
  • research approaches in knowledge areas where disruption and innovation is a regular feature (science, medicine, technology, digital, social media).

Collaboration is a feature of many of these approaches and we have observed that this is also a useful catalyst to innovation.

What we fund

The types of activity you can apply for include:

  • technological /digital innovation
  • digital innovation in art-making
  • innovation in a particular area of arts practice
  • reaching and engaging new or existing audiences in innovative ways
  • cross disciplinary innovation activity between the arts and a non-arts field (e.g. arts and the environment)
  • innovative ways of working and new models of value creation that drive resilience. For example:
    • an innovative project to generate revenue
    • a project that contributes to the organisation’s mission but tests or demonstrates a completely new way of working.

Activities not covered by this Fund

  • Activities that aren’t consistent with the CNZ definition of innovation.
  • Business as usual activities, or an extension of activities already being delivered by your organisation.
  • Activities that may be new to your organisation but have been trialled elsewhere in New Zealand or that do not contribute to artform, sector or organisational/business development.

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

Funding limits

The maximum amount you can apply for is $100,000 but lower limits apply to some activities. For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Email Funding Services if you have further questions.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Start your application by logging in to the portal and selecting Innovation 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 support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  5. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  6. Submit your application by 1pm on the closing date.

See 'Section 4. Assessing applications' if you want more information about the assessment process and criteria.

 

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

Idea

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

  • The idea is compelling.
  • The idea meets the Creative New Zealand definition of 'innovation' (definition under 'See what's funded' above).
  • The organisation has provided sufficient contextual evidence to demonstrate why the activity is innovative within the organisation’s art form or business context.
  • The idea is suited to the purpose, vision and goals of the organisation.

Viability

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

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The proposed activity is suited to the capacity of the organisation.

Strategic fit

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

  • The project delivers to the selected Creative New Zealand strategic outcome.
  • The project delivers to a priority of this fund (digital innovation in art-making, or innovation in artistic practice).
  • The resulting change in the organisation’s delivery model or arts practice is likely to increase its future resilience and ability to deliver high quality art and/or achieve greater public engagement.
  • The idea has potential benefits for the sector as a whole.

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 experience high-quality arts.
  • New Zealanders participate in the arts.
  • New Zealand arts gain international success.
  • 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 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 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 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 12 June 2020.

We also list successful applicants 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 12 weeks of the project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: