Suffrage 125 Fund 2020

This fund supports high-quality arts projects focusing on women from diverse cultural backgrounds who contribute or have contributed to progressing women's rights in Aotearoa.

Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
24 Apr 2019, 12pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • Individuals who are New Zealand (NZ) citizens or permanent residents
  • NZ-based organisations
  • Arts organisations or NZ artists based overseas. But, the application must:
    • show direct benefit to NZ arts
    • be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a well-established artist or arts organisation based in NZ.

Project timing

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

  • start after 30 May 2020
  • be completed by 30 May 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 in this funding 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 - investment clients' eligibility for contestable funding

  • 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

2. See what's funded


This fund extends the celebration of 125 years of Suffrage in 2018 by offering the Fund for a second and final time in 2020. It supports high-quality arts projects focusing on women from diverse cultural backgrounds who contribute or have contributed to progressing women's rights in Aotearoa.

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 who contribute or have contributed to progressing women's rights in Aotearoa
  • highlight issues about social change for New Zealand women and girls.

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 $20,000 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

Register or Log in

How to apply

  1. Start your application by logging in to the portal and selecting Suffrage Fund 125 2020.
  2. Read the Funding guidelines
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the budget guideline
  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.

See 'Section 4. Assessing applications' if you want more information about the assessment process and criteria.


4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The artistic aims are clearly expressed.
  • The idea is compelling.
  • The idea has a clear focus on women from diverse cultural backgrounds who help to advance women's rights in Aotearoa.


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

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The people involved have sufficient experience and knowledge to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

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

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

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 arts gain international success.
  • 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 Senior Manager for Arts Development Services 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.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)


5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result five weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 29 May 2020.

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 report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: