Suffrage 125 Fund

This fund celebrates 125 years of Suffrage. Projects must focus on women from diverse cultural backgrounds who have helped advance women's rights.


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Up to $20,000

15 Feb 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Project timing

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

  • start after 22 March 2019 (for the 15 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

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may find support through the Creative Communities Scheme.

Who can apply

  • 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).

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.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including Arts Grants and Quick Response, the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes are eligible but the project must not duplicate current funding with Creative New Zealand.

How often you can apply

You can make one application in a funding round.

Reapplying for the same project

You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

2. See what's funded


This fund celebrates 125 years of Suffrage. It supports high-quality arts projects focusing on women from diverse cultural backgrounds who have contributed to progressing women's rights. It's open for applications in 2019 and 2020 with one round each year. $100,000 in total is available per round.

We've aligned the purpose of the Fund with the aims of the Suffrage 125 celebration. Suffrage 125 is being led by the Ministry for Women, Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wahine, in partnership with Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

More about Suffrage 125 the Ministry for Women

What we fund

The Suffrage 125 Fund helps New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to:

  • research and create work
  • present and distribute their work nationally and internationally
  • develop skills including mentoring, internships, workshops and conferences
  • undertake community or collaborative projects, including artist or writer residences
  • undertake projects with international connections
  • publish catalogues, monographs, journals, books and critical writing.

Projects must:

  • focus on stories about women from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • highlight issues about social change for New Zealand women and girls.

Funding limits

$20,000 per application There is one round in 2019 and one in 2020 with $100,000 in total available per round.

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
  • 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.

Application guidelines and requirements for specific activities

Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. You'll find these in our application requirements and guidelines for specific activities (pdf 200KB)

Contact Funding Services if you have questions.

3. Make an application


Register or Log in

How to apply:

  • Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  • Gather support material.
  • Prepare a budget using our budget template.

Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • the aims of the idea are clearly expressed
  • it's an artistically compelling idea
  • it's an idea that adds a diverse perspective to the stories and experiences relating to suffrage in New Zealand.


Can it be achieved? We look at 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.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • that your project delivers to the selected strategic outcome
  • that your project has the potential to highlight Suffrage 125 in an impactful way
  • that your project has the potential to advance the discussion about social change for New Zealand women and girls.

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.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score idea, viability, and strategic fit.


7---Excellent - Exceeds all indicators

6---Very good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one

5---Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one

4---Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators

3---Minor reservations - Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations

2---Major reservations - Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations

1---Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand's Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for 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.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

Five weeks after the closing date we will email all applicants of their result.

  • For the 15 February 2019 round we will notify on 22 March 2019.

At the same time we also list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful we will email 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.

Login to the funding portal to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: