Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions 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 purpose of the Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund is to provide an incentive for local and regional stakeholders to invest, as partners, in the development and presentation of new local arts activity outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
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Up to $150,000 per application
1 May 2019
Who can apply
New Zealand organisations within the region or local centre where the project will take place (excluding Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch cities, as defined by Auckland Council, Wellington City and Christchurch City Council boundaries).
For example, an arts organisation; iwi, hapū; local or regional authority; community or private trusts; regional arts development agency; other presenters e.g. marae, local venues, galleries, libraries.
Organisations in Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes can only apply if they are located outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Eligibility for the 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 be from centres outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and local to the community in which the activity is occurring.
- The project must be a new activity.
- The project must be collaborative.
- The project must involve and benefit 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.
Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:
- start after 19 June 2020
- be completed by 19 June 2021.
How often you can apply
Applicants can only submit one application per round.
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
- Your project, or project phase, must not have received funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.
- Organisations in Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes 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. To check if your project is eligible, visit our Funding guidelines - contestable fund eligibility for investment clients
- 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.
For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement
The purpose of the Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund is to provide an incentive for local and regional stakeholders to invest, as partners, in the development and presentation of new local arts activity outside the main centres (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch).
The Fund aims to:
- increase investment in the arts by local and regional partners
- develop high quality arts by and within 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:
- deliver collaborative, high-quality work or high-quality arts experiences by, with and for the local community.
- generate new investment in the arts by local stakeholders (this can be in-kind for year 1)
- 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.
This fund is a three-year pilot commencing in 2020.
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 above 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
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.
How to apply
- Start your application by logging in to the portal and selecting Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund 2020
- Read the Funding guidelines
- Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the budget guideline
- Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
- Complete each question in the portal application form
- 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.
What we assess your application on
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
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
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 for the local community
Creative New Zealand 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 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 Chief Executive 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.
We will email all applicants their result seven weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 19 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.
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.
For more information or advice:
- phone 0800 273 284
- email firstname.lastname@example.org