Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary 2022

The annual Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary provides a stipend that enables a published writer or playwright at an early stage of their career to create a new work. Offered as part of Arts Grants 2021/22 Round 5, the round may close before the closing date if we receive the maximum 225 applications.

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Round 1
Notified
14 Mar 2022, 1pm
8 Apr 2022, 1pm
13 May 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.
  • Non-Pacific individuals and organisations are eligible, but the project must deliver outcomes to Pacific art and artists.

Eligibility specific to the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary 2022

As well as meeting the criteria above, to be eligible for the Louis Johnson Writer’s Bursary you must:

  • be a writer at an early stage of your career AND
  • meet our track record requirements below.

Project timing

The project, project phase or programme of activity you are seeking funding for must:

  • start after 13 May 2022
  • be completed by 12 August 2023

You are only eligible to apply for costs incurred during your application project timeline – this starts after notification date. Creative New Zealand can’t support retrospective costs (these are costs incurred before your project or project 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./object

Your track record

For a writer of literature, success means having had published at least one work that received a degree of critical or sales success. This does not include work created as part of a course of study.

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. This does not include presentations made as part of a course of study.

How often you can apply

The Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary is part of the Arts Grants programme, and the guidelines for Arts Grants apply.

The Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary is offered within Arts Grants 2021/22 Round 5.

Reapplying 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 a previously declined 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 currently receiving funding under the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to apply.
     
  • 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

The Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary provides a stipend to enable an emerging writer to create a new work. It is offered as part of Creative New Zealand’s Arts Grants programme.

Previous recipients

See all previous recipients of the Bursary

Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants Programme Purposes

The Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary is part of Creative New Zealand’s Arts Grants programme. The programme offers short-term project funding to New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations (including groups and collectives). We have specific goals, called programme purposes, that we want to achieve through the Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme.

Art Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes:

  • More sustainable careers for artists, arts practitioners groups and collectives.
  • Development of arts practice
  • Innovation in New Zealand arts
  • Opportunities for diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts.

We need to know how your project will contribute to the programme purposes. You need to tell us in your application how your project will deliver to one or more of the programme’s purposes.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - Arts Grants programme purposes

Note: Project funding is contestable, and we always receive more applications that meet our criteria than we are able to fund. In 2020/21, on average we funded approximately 30% of Arts Grants projects across the General arts, ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding pools. Successful applications generally exceeded our assessment criteria.

Special guidance

Funding rounds are limited to 225 applications

Once 225 applications have been submitted to an Arts Grant round, or the closing date has been reached, the round will close to any further submissions. If you have a draft application in the portal when the round closes, you will still be able to access it and copy any relevant sections into a future round.

A total of 1,350 applications can be submitted across all six rounds. A funding round limit was introduced in 2020 to manage the significant demand for funding available, and to ensure 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

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

As well as achieving one or more of the programme purposes above, you also 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:

  • 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.
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

For more information, see our Funding guidelines - strategic outcomes

Aligning with our Māori Arts and Pacific Arts strategies

The purposes of the Arts Grants programme align with the features of our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua, our Māori Arts Strategy Te Hā o ngā Toi and our Pacific Arts Strategy. These strategies may be useful in helping you explain the purpose of your project or activity.

See more about our strategies in our funding guidelines about our Māori Arts Strategy Te Hā o ngā Toi and our Pacific Arts Strategy

Read our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua

Remuneration

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

What we don’t fund

  • 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.
  • 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

Funding limits

The minimum amount you can apply for is $5,000. The maximum amount you can apply for is $75,000 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

Register or Log in


How to apply​

  1. Register or log in to the portal to start your application for the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary 2022. Note: If the funding round you want to apply to is not open yet, prepare by viewing the application form preview (pdf 800KB)
  2. Select ‘Arts Grants Round 5’, which opens on 14 March 2022. Important: The Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary will only be offered in Arts Grants 2021/22 Round 5. To indicate you would like to be considered for this Bursary, include ‘Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary 2022’ in your project title or description. Note that the funding round has a maximum of 225 applications that can be submitted (see point 8 below):
  3. Read the Funding guidelines
  4. Prepare a budget. Read and watch videos about budgets at Funding guidelines – standard project budget template
  5. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  6. 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.
  7. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  8. Submit your application online by 1pm on the closing date (earlier if you can). If the maximum 225 applications have already been reached, you won’t have the option to submit your application but you will be able to cut and paste your material into a new application for another round (already open or when it opens).

 

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

External peer assessors will assess your application using the following criteria.

Idea

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

  • The artistic aims are clearly expressed.
  • The idea is compelling.
  • The artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.

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 and considers fair remuneration for artists and practitioners.
  • The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

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

  • The project delivers to the selected strategic outcome.
  • The project delivers to the selected Arts Grants programme purpose/s.

Ngā toi Māori and Pacific Arts assessment

In addition to the above you can have your project assessed as Ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts. 

Applications to the ngā toi Māori or Pacific arts funding pools will also be assessed on:

  • Mātauranga Māori / Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the idea of the project
  • Mātauranga Māori / Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice of the project
  • Mātauranga Māori / Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the outcomes of the project.

Aligning with Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants programme purposes

You must choose one or more of these Arts Grants programme purposes to be assessed on and tell us how your project will achieve it:

  • More sustainable careers for individual artists.
  • The development of arts practice.
  • Innovation in New Zealand arts.
  • Opportunities for diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts experiences.

Aligning with Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

As well as achieving one of the programme purposes above, you also 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 Zealanders participate in the arts.
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed.
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts.
  • New Zealand arts gain international success.
  • New Zealand arts sector is resilient.

See our Funding guidelines - Strategic Outcomes for more information.

Go to section 2, See what’s funded, for information about programme purposes, international travel and aligning your project with our Māori Arts and Pacific Arts strategies.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale for Idea and Viability, in addition to Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika if applicable to your application.

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

The following scale is used to score each indicator in Strategic Fit.

3 - Outstanding - Exceeds the indicator
2 - Good - Satisfies the indicator
1 - Poor - Does not meet the indicator

Applications are assessed and scored out of a total possible score of 20 (General arts) and 27 (ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts) per assessor.

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 20 (General arts) or 27 (ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding pools, reflecting the points for the additional criteria).

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

This panel will have representation across artforms and 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 of applications, 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, 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.

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 everyone their result on Friday 13 May 2022.

We also list successful grant applicants on Who got funded

If you are successful we will also email 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 Funding Services