Pasifika Festivals Initiative Tasi Wave

The first stage of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative – the Tasi Wave – provides financial support to stabilise Pasifika festivals in the short term through to 31 December 2020. Tasi Wave will address the impacts of COVID-19 so that Pasifika festivals are able to build capability where relevant and deliver activity from 1 January 2021 as part of the future Lua, Tolu and Fa Waves.

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Varies depending on minimum amount needed
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Round 1
Closed
21 Sep 2020
23 Oct 2020, 01:00 pm
6 Nov 2020

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Pasifika Festivals Initiative Tasi Wave you must be able to answer YES to each of the following six questions:

  • 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 eligible for the Initiative’s Tasi Wave.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Are you an existing Pasifika festival that’s been active since 2015, led by a festival organiser with some track record of success?
  • Do you have a strategic and long-term focus of three years or more?
  • Do you operate as a legal entity – for example, a registered charitable trust, incorporated society, limited liability company?

These organisations and/or events are ineligible for the Pasifika Festivals Initiative’s Tasi Wave:

  • Organisations that deliver Pasifika National Independence Day celebrations.
  • Pasifika language week events
  • Organisations currently in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment programmes.

Timing

The Pasifika Festivals Initiative Tasi Wave is open for applications from 21 September 2020 to 1pm 23 October 2020.

Tasi Wave timing

Tasi Wave is to ensure financial stability for eligible Pasifika Festivals up to 31 December 2020.

All applicants will be notified of their success by 6 November 2020.

How often you can apply

Eligible Pasifika Festivals can make one application to Tasi Wave.  

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • The proposed amount you are seeking must not be for activities or costs that Creative New Zealand currently funds you for, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  

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

The first stage of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative – the Tasi Wave – is to provide financial support to stabilise eligible Pasifika festivals in the short term through to 31 December 2020. Tasi Wave will address the impacts of COVID-19 so that Pasifika festivals are able to build capability where relevant and deliver activity from 1 January 2021 as part of the future Lua, Tolu and Fa Waves.

We note that capability and delivery 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.

What we Fund

Eligible Pasifika festivals who do not have:

  • sufficient reserves or other sources of income (including other funders, grants or sponsorships) to meet their immediate costs through to 31 December 2020
  • three months of operating costs on hand.

Eligible Pasifika festivals can apply to the Tasi Wave for costs relating to:

  • retaining organisational capacity. This includes any staff required to run your organisation to 31 December 2020. This is relative to the need and size of your organisation, with staff paid a minimum of $25 per hour as per Creative New Zealand reimbursement guidelines
  • cancellation or postponement of a 2020 festival due to COVID-19 not already covered as part of the urgent COVID-19 cancellation costs (eg, honouring personnel costs and contracts related to cancelled or deferred activities, reimbursing stallholders’ registration fees)
  • operating expenses until 31 December 2020. This includes premises lease or rental, equipment lease or hire, accounts support, software, wifi, stationery and administration costs, meaalofa, insurance for office running.

What we need in your application

You will need to provide Creative New Zealand with all of the following information as part of your application. If you require assistance preparing this information, please contact the Pacific Business Trust on info@pacificbusiness.co.nz

  • Amount requested from this fund. This should be the minimum amount needed from Creative New Zealand in order for the organisation to regain stability or remain stable until 31 December 2020.
  • Notes to the financial statements that demonstrate that the amount requested is the minimum required to achieve solvency and maintain internal infrastructure to 31 December 2020.
  • Copies of any outstanding bills or invoices that you cannot pay.
  • A Statement of Financial Position forecast as at 31 December 2020, including brief notes if needed.
  • A Statement of Financial Performance forecast for the period ended 31 December 2020 including brief notes if needed. Please do not include your Tasi Wave Fund request in this forecast to assist with receiving the most accurate picture of the organisation’s position.
  • Cashflow projection to 31 December 2020, including brief notes covering (if applicable) the confirmed revenue from other sources including other funders, philanthropy, donations, etc.
  • Proof of meeting eligibility requirements.

We may ask for additional information if required, or if the information you supply is unclear.

What costs are not included in the Tasi Wave

  • Purchase of capital items, including purchasing premises or buildings
  • Any outstanding tax obligations, including outstanding commitments to Inland Revenue or other penalties
  • Specific delivery costs related to putting on a future festival, beyond operational expenses. We define operational expenses as premises lease or rental, equipment lease or hire, accounts support, software, wifi, stationery and administration costs, meaalofa, insurance for office running.

Maximum amount available

We ask that you request the minimum amount you need to stabilise your organisation to 31 December 2020. 

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Pasifika Festivals Initiative – Tasi Wave.
  2. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  3. Prepare the financial information requested and attach these to your application. For more information see our Funding guidelines - How should I format my support material
  4. Submit your application online by 1pm on 23 October 2020.

4. Assessing applications

How we verify your application

Applications will be verified by Creative New Zealand staff.

We verify the information you have supplied in your application and need to be able to answer YES to each of these questions to recommend an amount for payment:

  • Is the organisation an eligible Pasifika Festival?
  • Is the amount requested from the Tasi Wave the minimum amount needed from Creative New Zealand in order for the organisation to regain stability or remain stable until 31 December 2020?
  • Do the notes to the financial statements demonstrate that the amount requested is the minimum required to achieve solvency and maintain internal infrastructure to 31 December 2020?
  • Are the copies of any outstanding bills or invoices that you cannot pay related to Covid-19 restrictions?
  • Does the Statement of Financial Position forecast as at 31 December 2020 demonstrate that your organisation is suffering financial hardship?
  • Does the Statement of Financial Performance forecast for the period ended 31 December 2020 demonstrate that your organisation is suffering financial hardship?
  • Does the Cashflow projection to 31 December 2020 demonstrate that your organisation is suffering financial hardship?
  • Have all amounts from other funding sources been included?
  • Are all operating expenses eligible?
  • Is the projected cash on hand as at 31 December 2020 insufficient to cover three months of operating expenses?

We will be in touch with you if we need to discuss your application or need more information.

Who processes your application?

Awarded amounts under $250k

The final approval is made by Creative New Zealand’s Chief Executive based on recommendations from the Senior Manager Arts Development.

Awarded amounts $250k and over

The final approval is made by the Chair of the Arts Council in consultation with the Chair's Consultation Group, based on recommendations from the Senior Manager Arts Development and the Chief Executive.

5. Notification of results

We’ll email you your result no later than 6 November 2020. We will prioritise notification based on immediate and urgent need, which includes being informed by the currently available information and alert level settings.

We’ll also list the organisations who received the Tasi Fund on Who got funded

If you are successful, we will contact you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment timing
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

Organisations will be required to submit a report by 28 January 2021, confirming how the payment was used.

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 contact Makerita Urale or email her at makerita.urale@creativenz.govt.nz