Pasifika Festivals Initiative Tasi 21

Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Noa'ia, Mauri, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa. The Tasi 21 Wave of the Pasifika Festivals Fund is a contestable fund for support for eligible Pasifika festivals to present a festival in the 2021 calendar year. Tasi 21 addresses the impacts of COVID-19 so that eligible Pasifika festivals who are unable to secure sufficient funding to stage a festival in 2021 can receive a funding contribution

Amount:

Up to $150,000
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Round 1
Open
15 Mar 2021
31 May 2021, 1pm
31 May 2021

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To be eligible for Tasi 21 you must be able to answer YES to each of the following six questions:

  1. Do you identify as a Pasifika festival?
    Your festival must incorporate Pasifika music, dance and performing arts. This could be a Polyfest, community festival, or contemporary Pasifika dance or theatre festival. Pasifika festivals in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment programmes are not included in Tasi 21.
  2. Is your festival Pasifika-led?
    • Led by Pasifika or artists or arts practitioners of Pasifika heritage/identity who have formal authority to make decisions in the operations and governance of the entity managing the arts project. Not all governance or senior leadership of the entity is required to be Pasifika.
    • Have a Pasifika arts, cultural and creative focus, delivering high-quality work that supports Pasifika artists, practitioners, audiences, communities, arts practice and sector development and creates space for Pasifika arts to evolve.
  3. Does your festival have a Pasifika kaupapa or framework?
    This is a foundation of understanding and knowledge created by Pasifika people and expressing Pasifika aspirations, values and principles. To be eligible, Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in:
    • practice and results of the work of the entity
    • the entity’s foundation of understanding and knowledge – created by Pasifika people and expressing Pasifika aspirations, values and principles
    • the communities the entity serves and its empowerment of Pasifika artists, arts practitioners and Pasifika communities
    • the entity’s expression of cultural perspectives and beliefs embodied in the values, customs, rituals, dance, song, language and cultural expressions of the individual Pasifika nations but reflecting the unique context of Aotearoa-based Pasifika communities – for example, Vaka Viti (Fijian way), Fa’a Samoa (Samoan way).
  4. Are you an existing Pasifika festival that’s been active in delivering Pasifika festivals since 2015, led by a festival organiser with a track record of success in delivering Pasifika festivals?
  5. Do you have a strategic and long-term focus of three years or more?
  6. Do you operate as a legal entity set up to deliver Pasifika festivals – for example, a registered charitable trust, incorporated society, limited liability company with Pasifika festivals as a core purpose?

Organisations and/or events that are ineligible

  • Organisations that deliver Pasifika National Independence Day celebrations.
  • Pasifika language week events.
  • New Pasifika festivals that have not delivered a festival before.
  • Organisations currently in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment programmes.

Tasi 21 timing

The Pasifika festival you are seeking funding for must be completed in the 2021 calendar year.

How often you can apply

Eligible Pasifika festivals can make one application to Tasi 21.  

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • The activities you are seeking funding for must not have received prior funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  
  • Organisations in 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 team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement with Creative New Zealand, or any other funder, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded

Purpose

Tasi 21 builds on the 2020 Tasi Wave. Tasi 21 is a contestable fund for support for eligible Pasifika festivals to hold a festival in the 2021 calendar year. Tasi 21 will address the impacts of COVID-19 so that Pasifika festivals that are unable to secure sufficient funding to stage a festival in 2021 can receive a funding contribution to support delivery.

We note that the delivery of a festival is dependent on the current/relevant COVID-19 alert levels and restrictions. Given the rapidly changing circumstances this will continue to be reassessed.

The Pasifika Festivals Initiative is part of the Government’s cultural recovery package announced in May 2020.  It is part of a longer-term project between Creative New Zealand, The Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to move the Pasifika festivals community to a more sustainable footing. The initiative is managed by Creative New Zealand.

Special guidance

COVID-19 Alert Levels

When applying, you will need to ensure your festival will be possible within the government alert level current at the time of notification. You will also need to provide a COVID-19 management plan with your application outlining the potential changes you might make if the alert level is lower or higher when we are making our decision.

What we fund

Funding is available for eligible Pasifika Festivals for a 2021 festival. This includes:

  • Production, event and material costs for your 2021 festival. In your budget, please provide a breakdown of costs for the period that you’re seeking, for example equipment hire, travel, freight, lighting and sound, pace hire, royalties, set design and construction and ticketing costs
  • Administration and overhead costs for the preparation for and duration of your 2021 festival. In your budget, please provide a breakdown of costs for the period that you’re seeking, for example electricity, insurance, license fees, office supplies, printing, rent, stationery, telephone and postage
  • Marketing and promotion costs for your 2021 festival. In your budget, please provide a breakdown of costs for the period that you’re seeking, for example advertising, printed material, e.g. posters, pamphlets and programmes and marketing.

What we don’t fund

  • Activities you have received prior funding for from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  
  • 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.  Capital expenditure is money spent on the purchase or improvement of long-term assets. Long-term assets can be physical (such as equipment, fixtures and fittings, vehicles and property) or they can be intangible, for example software and licenses. Capital items have a useful life of more than one year. According to the IRD, a capital item is valued at $500 or more.
  • 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

What we need in your application

  • Statement of how your project delivers to the Vaka or Va pou of the Pacific Arts Strategy
  • Statement of how your project aligns to the purpose of this fund
  • Statement explaining your need for this support
  • How Much: the budget
  • Support Material you may like to offer to the assessors about your festival, including who is delivering it, the history of your festival, potential audience numbers.

Funding limits

The maximum amount you can apply for is $150,000. If eligible Pasifika festivals require more than this amount then this will need to be discussed in advance and a case made.

Email Simonne Likio, Senior Adviser Pasifika Festivals if you have further questions.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Pasifika Festivals Initiative – Tasi 21.
  2. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  3. Prepare the information requested and attach this to your application. See our Funding guidelines - How should I format my support material
  4. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.
  5. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  6. Submit your application online by 1pm on 31 May 2021 (earlier if you can).

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

Two external Kaupapa Pasifika peer assessors will assess your application using the following criteria:

  • STRATEGY – supports one or both of the Vaka and Va pou of the Pacific Arts Strategy*.
  • FUND PURPOSE – aligns to the purpose of the fund**.         
  • NEED – the need for this support is explained.                                                                  
  • BUDGET – The budget considers fair remuneration for artists and practitioners, and costs are reasonable and in line with market value.

* Two Pou of the Pacific Arts Strategy Vaka and Va:

  • Vaka: Pacific arts groups, collectives and organisations are supported to help lead and grow Pacific arts in Aotearoa.
  • Va: An innovative and networked Pacific arts environment exists, so that Pacific arts are strengthened for future success.

** Fund Purpose statement:

Tasi 21 builds on the 2020 Tasi Wave. Tasi 21 is a contestable fund for support for eligible Pasifika festivals to hold a festival in the 2021 calendar year. Tasi 21 will address the impacts of COVID-19 so that Pasifika festivals that are unable to secure sufficient funding to stage a festival in 2021 can receive a funding contribution to support delivery.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale:

3 - outstanding delivery to the indicator

2 - meets the indicator

1 – weak delivery to the indicator

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 possible score per assessor of 12 and a total score of 24.

Applicants can submit to this round at any time during the opening period, with applications moving to assessment once they are made eligible.  You will be notified once the application has moved to assessment.

You will generally need to score a minimum of 12/24 (total score) for your application to be successful, with assessment panels being convened only where further discussion or clarification is required with our assessors.

Creative New Zealand staff will review and provide input if required, before a final recommendation is made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services, who decides 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. Pasifika assessors will assess applications to Tasi 21.

You can nominate peer assessors – information and nomination form below:

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email you your result on Fridays, no longer than 15 days after applications have been deemed eligible.  We will prioritise notification based on immediate and urgent need, which includes being informed by the current available information and alert level settings.

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 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 Simonne Likio, Senior Adviser Investment Services.