Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund 2020

This fund, created for organisations, aims to incentivise local and regional investment in the development and presentation of new local arts activity outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Amount:

Up to $150,000
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Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Status:
Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
Notified
31 Aug 2020
30 Oct 2020, 1pm
27 Nov 2020

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

New Zealand organisations in the area where the project will take place (excluding organisations in Auckland, Wellington City and Christchurch City).

See the Auckland Council boundary on the Local Government website and Wellington City and Christchurch City boundaries on their council websites.

Types of eligible organisations include:

Organisations in our Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes can only apply if they are located outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch city boundaries. The application must be for a new project, or new project phase beyond your agreed Programme and Budget. The project must also offer additional delivery to our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023. To check if your project is eligible, see our Funding guidelines - contestable fund eligibility for investment clients

Eligibility for Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund

  • The project must take place in centres outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
  • Key creative personnel must live in and/or whakapapa to the locality in which the project will take place. Exceptions to this can include non-local creative personnel working collaboratively with local arts practitioners to build the capability of the local arts ecosystem.
  • The project must be a new activity.
  • The project must be collaborative.
  • The project must be by, with and/or for the local community.  
  • Investment in the project from local stakeholders must be new.

Applications to the Fund must include at least two letters of support:

  • A letter from at least one local creative partner that outlines their role within the project e.g. arts practitioners, arts development agency etc, and
  • A letter from the major local stakeholder that confirms the nature of the investment in the project and that it is new investment.

Project timing

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

  • start after 27 November 2020
  • be completed by 27 November 2021.

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

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

How often you can apply

You can make one application to Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund in 2020.

Reapplying for a previously declined project

Projects previously declined across any Creative New Zealand funding opportunities cannot be resubmitted.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • Your project, or project phase, must not have received prior funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  
  • As outlined above, organisations in Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes who are based outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can apply, but only for a new project, or new project phase beyond your agreed Programme and Budget. The project must also offer additional delivery to our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023
  • 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, (with Creative New Zealand or any other funding body) which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant or other funding contract. In addition, if we become aware of a breach of any agreement, we retain the right to withdraw any grant offer, or seek repayment of grant.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded

Purpose

The Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund aims to incentivise local and regional investment in the development and presentation of new local arts activity outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The Fund aims to:

  • increase investment in the arts by local and regional partners
  • develop new high-quality arts by, with and/or for local and regional communities
  • increase engagement (attendance and/or participation) in high-quality arts experiences by local and regional communities outside the main centres.

The Fund will support new projects that:

  • focus on collaborative, high-quality work or high-quality arts experiences by, with and/or for the local community.
  • provide evidence of new investment in the arts by local stakeholders (this can be in-kind)
  • include authentic engagement with the community as part of the project e.g. consultation, research, delivery.
  • directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists, practitioners or communities outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Note: Venues such as marae, local venues, galleries and libraries are eligible to apply as part of a Ngā Toi ā Rohe proposal, but we're unable to support ongoing venue costs.

COVID-19 Alert Levels

When applying, you will need to ensure your project will be possible within the government alert level current at the time of notification. We suggest you also describe any potential changes you might make if the alert level is lower or higher when we are making our decision (just prior to the round notification date published in the funding calendar).

We will also continue to comply with government advisories (including alert levels) 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.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application, you 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’s arts sector is resilient.

For more information see our Funding guidelines - strategic outcomes

What we fund

We will only fund development and/or presentation related project costs e.g. research costs, artist fees, audience and marketing costs, production costs.

See Eligibility in Section 1 for more details on the type of project funded

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 $150,000 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. Register or Log in to the portal to start your application and select Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund 2020.
  2. Read the Funding guidelines
  3. Prepare a budget. Read and watch videos about budgets at Funding guidelines – standard project budget template
  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 (earlier if you can).

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 artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.
  • There will be meaningful engagement with the community as part of the project.

Viability

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

  • The people involved have the skills and experience to deliver this project.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The level of investment from the local/regional partner is appropriate for the project.

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 will increase investment in the arts by local and regional partners.
  • The project will deliver collaborative, high-quality work or high-quality arts experiences by, with and/or for the local community.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

All activity you are seeking funding for must align with Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes. 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’s arts sector is resilient.

See our funding guidelines for more information.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score IdeaViability 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

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 of 21 per assessor.

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 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, 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.

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 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 everyone their result on 27 November 2020.

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 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 email Funding Services