Moana Community Grants
The Moana Community Grants support and develop Pacific heritage arts (artistic expressions and forms reflecting a particular Pasifika cultural tradition) in regional towns and communities outside of Auckland and Wellington.
Up to $10,000
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Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:
- start after 8 March 2019 (for the 1 February 2019 closing date)
- be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant.
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.
Eligibility for a Moana Community Grant
To be eligible for a Moana Community Grant, the:
- project must provide an opportunity for smaller regional communities to create, present, participate in and/or transmit Pacific heritage arts
- people involved in the project must have the required Pacific heritage arts knowledge and skills
- project must be well-realised and achieve the aims of the applicant
- budget must be realistic and achievable, and include provision for realistic fees for the heritage artists involved.
Who can apply
To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:
- 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).
- To apply to Māori arts:
- you must be Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
- organisations must be owned and managed by Māori. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.
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.
Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.
How often you can apply
- You can make up to two applications in a funding round.
- Each application must be for a different project.
- You can apply up to four times in total in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for a Quick Response Grant, Arts Grant, Toi Ake and/or Tohunga Tukunga, eg two arts grant applications and two Toi Ake applications.
- If we turn down an application, you can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Arts Grants.
Moana Community Grants support:
- Pacific heritage arts (the artistic expressions and forms that reflect a particular cultural tradition practiced by a Pacific Island group or nation)
- smaller regional communities outside the main population centres of Auckland and Wellington.
Projects we can fund under the Moana Community Grants are:
- local Pacific arts festivals such as Polyfests
- Pacific arts gatherings and events that support learning, sharing and the passing on of knowledge for Pasifika crafts, handicrafts and performing arts such as art workshops, art fono.
For more information on specific activities funded by us download Application Requirements and Guidelines for Specific Activities in Make an application.
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.
How to apply
To apply for a Moana Community Grant:
- Start your application online (you may need to register first)
- Gather artistic support material
- Prepare a budget using our budget template
- Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.
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.
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
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
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.
Scoring your application
This assessment scale is used to score idea, viability, Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika.
7---Exceeds all indicators
6---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Satisfies all indicators
3---Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided
The following assessment scale is used to score strategic fit.
Score – Description
5---Exceeds both indicators
4---Exceeds one indicator
3---Satisfies both indicators
2---Satisfies one indicators however there are reservations
1---Does not meet either indicator
0---There is no evidence provided
Five weeks after the closing date we will email all applicants of the result.
- For the 1 February 2019 round we will notify you on Friday 8 March 2019.
We also list successful applicants at who got funded
If you are successful we will email you about:
- your funding agreement
- payment schedule
- reporting requirements.
Reporting on your project
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.
For more information or advice:
- phone 0800 273 284
- email email@example.com