Kava New Leaders Grants

Kava New Leaders Grants support established practitioners of Pacific heritage arts to pass on their knowledge and skills to up to three potential new leaders in their artform.


$30,000 for up to two grants
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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
29 Mar 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

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.

Your track record

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.

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Community Scheme

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

 Applications can be made by:

  • the senior heritage arts practitioner (mentor)
  • the artist(s) being mentored
  • a community group or arts organisation
  • two individuals as a joint application.

Either the senior heritage artist or the less experienced artist(s) must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to receive funding during the period of their funding agreement.

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.

Project eligibility

To be eligible for a Kava New Leaders Grant, the project:

  • must start after 31 May 2019
  • should take six to twelve weeks to complete
  • must be managed by New Zealand citizens or residents with a Pacific Island heritage, ie. an ancestral link to one of seven Pacific Island nations (Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tonga, the Cook Islands or Niue), or other Pacific Island nations (for example I-Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea).

2. See what's funded

Current funding round

We are providing funding support for up to two projects that must start after 31 May 2019.

Projects supported

Projects must provide opportunities for senior Pacific heritage artists to:

  • include emerging artists as part of a project, and/or
  • to mentor less experienced Pacific heritage artists.

A project can:

  • include up to three artists participating and learning from the experience of the senior pacific heritage artist
  • take place either in New Zealand or the Pacific Islands.

Pacific heritage arts supported

The Pacific heritage arts supported include:

  • vaka
  • weaving
  • tapa making
  • performing arts
  • composition
  • dance
  • music
  • poetry
  • navigation.

Costs covered

Grant monies may contribute towards:

  • the senior artists’ fees
  • the fees of the less experienced artist(s)
  • direct project costs
  • international flights if the project takes place in the Pacific Islands.

What we don't fund

  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television.
  • Activities that are associated with the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (as funding has been provided through the selection of the official Aotearoa Delegation).
  • Game design, fashion design or commercial design.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • International promotion of NZ literature. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial local authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation). Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

To apply for a Kava New Leaders Grant, follow the Arts Grant application process:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather artistic support material.
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • artistic aims that are clearly expressed
  • a compelling idea
  • an idea that will develop the skills of the artists and/or participants involved.


Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • a realistic and well planned process
  • realistic costs and revenue
  • a thorough and accurate budget
  • people involved that have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

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

  • that your project delivers to the selected strategic outcome
  • of an artistic outcome and/or participant experience that is likely to be high-quality.

You must choose one of these strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • New Zealanders participate in the arts
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
  • New Zealand arts gain international success.

Māori and Pacific Arts assessment

In addition to the above you can have your project assessed as Māori or Pacific arts. If you do we’ll:
  • assess whether it delivers to Ngā Toi Māori or Pacific arts priorities
  • look for indicators that Mātauranga Māori or Kaupapa Pasifika is in the:
    • practice of your project
    • results of your project.

More information under Make an application

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score idea, viability, Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika.


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

The following assessment scale is used to score strategic fit.

Score – Description

5---Excellent - Exceeds both indicators
4---Very good - Exceeds one indicator
3---Acceptable - Satisfies both indicators
2---Weak - Satisfies one indicators, however there are reservations
1---Unacceptable - Does not meet either indicator

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications to the Pacific or Māori arts funds. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for 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 of their result nine weeks after the application closing date.

  • For the 29 March 2019 round we will notify on Friday 31 May 2019.

At the same time we also list successful applicants on 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 using the report template. 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: