Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund
This fund supports marae, hapū, iwi, whakapapa-based rōpū and mātāwaka to protect, cultivate and retain mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) and foster their distinctive arts and cultural practices.
$5,000 to $75,000
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Who can apply
To apply for the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund, you must be:
- Tangata Whenua Māori, or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
- a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (each individual).
New Zealand-based organisations can apply but the organisation must be Māori-led. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori. International arts organisations can apply but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts.
The project, project phase or programme of activity you are seeking funding for must be completed in a 12-month period, and within 15 months from the date of notification (for notification dates see Section 5, Notification of results).
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
How often you can apply
You can submit only one application in a Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku funding round.
You can only apply once in the financial year 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
Re-applying for a previously declined project
You can request to resubmit a project you've had declined in a past funding opportunity if it meets the purpose of the fund and contains a strong focus on the protection and retention of mātauranga related to heritage ngā toi Māori (Māori arts). Be aware that there are strict criteria to meet, and this is at the discretion of Creative New Zealand. For more information see 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 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 project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant or other funding contracts.
For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement
Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund offers short-term project funding. The fund is for emerging and established Māori artists, arts practitioners and Māori-led arts organisations (including groups and collectives) to support marae, hapū, iwi, whakapapa-based rōpū and mātāwaka to protect, cultivate and retain mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) and foster their distinctive arts and cultural practices.
In your application you must tell us how your project will contribute to the purpose of the fund (protecting, cultivating and retaining mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori).
The fund, which includes additional investment from the Government’s Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku initiative, will be offered in February and April 2021. You can request between $5,000–$75,000 to support your project.
What we fund
Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund projects must support the protection, retention and cultivation of mātauranga Māori related to ngā toi Māori.
Examples of funded activity includes:
- wānanga that ensure the retention of mātauranga and skills of karanga, whaikōrero, karakia, mōteatea, pao and whakapapa recitation distinctive to your iwi, hapū, marae or whānau
- projects that pass on mātauranga māori of heritage arts such as ngā mahi a Te Whare Pora
- developing contemporary arts projects and artworks of new wharenui that includes the protection and transfer of mātauranga toi.
Note: we do not fund marae restoration. For marae restoration support please contact Te Puni Kōkiri's Oranga Marae programme
COVID-19 alert levels
When applying, you will need to ensure your project will be possible within the government alert level current at the time of notification. We suggest you also describe any potential changes you might make if the alert level is lower or higher when we are making our decision (just prior to the round notification date published in the funding calendar).
We will also continue to comply with government advisories (including alert levels) and/or border controls. For this reason, when making funding decisions, we may decline a programme or project if it is not viable at the time of notification, regardless of when the project is planned to take place.
We anticipate that the majority of activity funded under the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund will occur within Aotearoa New Zealand. However, funding can be used to support international activity that protects, cultivates and retains mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori. If your project requires international travel you will need to follow official travel advice. You and your international partners should carefully consider the additional risks of travel.
You can only include international travel in your application if the government travel advisory permits it at the time of application, for example the Australia/New Zealand Trans-Tasman ‘bubble’. We will not accept the cost of quarantining or managed isolation as eligible costs.
If advisory or border control information changes during the period between submission and decision Creative New Zealand reserves the right to exercise discretion and/or comply with government advisories and/or border controls.
Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes
As well as achieving the purposes of the Fund above, you also need to specify which of Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes your activity or project aligns with. We are focused on achieving these long-term goals or strategic outcomes to develop a strong and dynamic arts environment.
- 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.
For more information see our Funding guidelines - strategic outcomes
Applications to this fund should adopt a fair remuneration approach for tohunga, mātanga, pūkenga, kaitiaki and other holders of mātauranga, artists and practitioners within application budgets. For more information see our Funding guidelines - remuneration
What we don’t fund
- Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
- Activities that are the responsibility of other government agencies.
- Core education resources and activities that are part of the curriculum and course of study in New Zealand, including early learning, school or further education.
- Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
- Feature films, short films and film/screen development activities.
- 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), Territorial Local Authority (TLA) or Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).
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 minimum amount you can apply for is $5,000. The maximum amount you can apply for is $75,000 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
Register or Log in to the portal to start your application for the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund.
Select the funding round that you wish to apply for. Applications will open on the following dates for each round:
Round Opening date
Round 1 22 Feb 2021
Round 2 19 April 2021
- Read the Funding guidelines
- Prepare a budget. Read and watch videos about budgets at Funding guidelines – standard project budget template
- Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
- Complete each question in the portal application form.
- Submit your application online by 1pm on the closing date (earlier if you can).
What we assess your application on
External peer assessors will assess your application using the following criteria.
Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:
- The artistic aims are clearly expressed.
- The idea is compelling.
- The artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.
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 and considers fair remuneration for practitioners.
- The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.
Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicator:
- The project delivers to the selected strategic outcome.
In addition to the above, applications will also be assessed on the following Mātauranga Māori indicators:
- Mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) is protected, cultivated and retained through the project (Note: contemporary ngā toi Māori arts projects can be submitted but your proposal must show how mātauranga toi will be protected, cultivated and retained through the initiative)
- The distinctive arts and cultural practices of marae, hapū, iwi are fostered through the project
- Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice and outcomes of the project
Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes
All activity you are seeking funding for must align with both Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes and programme purpose(s).
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 - Strategic Outcomes for more information.
Scoring your application
Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score Idea, Viability and Mātauranga Māori:
7 – Excellent – Exceeds all indicators
6 – Very Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds two
5 – Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds 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
The following scale is used to score each indicator in Strategic Fit:
3 - Outstanding – Fully meets the indicator
2 - Good - Satisfies the indicator
1 - Poor - Does not meet 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, resulting in a total possible score per assessor of 24. For this Fund we will use Māori assessors with significant experience and mātauranga in Customary Māori Art and ngā toi Māori.
Following assessment, assessment panels will be convened for each round, providing an important opportunity for our peer assessors to discuss the collective merits of projects within the funding round.
This panel will have representation across artforms and will consist of external peer assessors who have assessed the applications being discussed. The panel will make recommendations for funding by coming to a consensus at the meeting. Creative New Zealand staff will provide advice where required.
After the panel meeting, Creative New Zealand holds an internal moderation meeting, without assessors present. At this meeting staff consider the assessment scores, commentary and ranked order, as well as whether the range of recommended projects will meet the purposes of the programme and whether there are any gaps in achieving our strategic outcomes. On occasion the moderation group’s final recommendations may differ from those made by the panel (for example, if one artform or community is considerably under-represented).
The moderation group makes final recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services, who makes the final decision on 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. We have a number of Māori and Pasifika assessors who assess applications to our Ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding pools or artforms.
You can nominate peer assessors – information and nomination form below:
For more information about the assessment process and criteria see our Funding guidelines - assessment
We will email everyone their result three weeks after the closing date of their application round, on the following dates (Fridays):
Round 1 16 Apr 2021
Round 2 11 Jun 2021
We also list successful grant recipients on Who got funded
Please note that we will share information on successful applications to the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage for reporting purposes (name of applicant organisation, project description, amount requested and awarded).
If you are successful, we will also 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 email Funding Services