Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund

This fund supports young people aged 15-25 to lead high quality arts projects by, with and for other young people with a focus on participation and/or access for young people from under-represented communities.


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Up to $10,000

26 Jul 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • Only individuals can apply.
  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be between 15-25 years on the date that the funding round closes.

Eligibility for Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund

The project must:


  • If successful applicants are under 18 years the funding agreement must be signed by an adult who accepts responsibility for the funds.
  • If you are applying from a public museum or art gallery read our guidelines on what is eligible: Application requirements and guidelines for specific activities (pdf 200KB)
  • Applications for projects in or with schools must show:
    • there is no duplication with Ministry of Education funding
    • there can be no overlap in activity delivered by teachers (including itinerant staff) as defined in a school’s annual curriculum and teaching programme). You must supply written confirmation from the Principal of this.
    • the activities go beyond or extend existing programmes, and there is a confirmed partnership with any schools.

Project timing

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

  • start after 30 August 2019 (for the 26 July 2019 closing date)
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant (by 30 August 2020).

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 a track record of delivering arts projects, then you need to attach written support from a project sponsor to endorse you and the project outcomes. The project sponsor could be a mentor, associated arts organisation or marae/venue.

How often you can apply

You can make one Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund application per 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.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

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

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.

2. See what's funded


The Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund will increase opportunities for young people to lead arts projects by, with and for other young people. The projects must be delivered by individuals 15-25 years of age and must demonstrate a high-quality arts project by, with, and for young people (15-25 years) as the outcome. The project should focus on participation and/or access for young people from under-represented communities. 

What we fund

Projects must be bywith or for young people 15-25 years of age. Activities could include workshops/wananga, the creation of new work, performances or exhibitions.

What are arts activities BY, WITH and FOR?

Arts activities by young people are arts experiences that are participatory, driven, owned, created, programmed, presented and/or delivered by young people. The young people may be mentored or taught by experienced artists. If there is a presentation outcome this is specifically aimed at young audiences, their whānau and communities.

Arts activities with young people refer to participatory arts learning experiences. These could be workshops or work involving experienced artists/artist mentors working alongside young people. The activities are often part of programmes to open and explore access to art forms or genres. They may provide access to an arts organisation.

Arts activities for young people refer to arts experiences programmed especially for young people. These are often open to whānau and communities, and led or delivered by experienced artists and practitioners who are usually adults. The key outcome is usually a presentation that is targeted for young people (audience engagement) rather than active participation.

Young New Zealanders we want to reach 

We have used results from our recent research to identify the young New Zealanders we want to reach most through this fund. These people are outlined below.

People aged 15-25 years who are:

  • less positive and more neutral towards the arts than all New Zealanders
  • less enthusiastic as to the quality of the arts in New Zealand, and less likely to feel proud of international success stories.

People aged 15-25 who would get more involved if:

  • there were more arts events that appealed to them
  • they could go with someone/had someone to go with
  • they believed arts events were of a high quality
  • they knew there would be more people like them going
  • they felt welcome.

For the purposes of this fund, these people are seen as under-represented when it comes to engaging with and attitudes towards the arts. We have defined under-represented as those needing barriers to be removed in order to increase engagement.

Applications can focus on other under-represented communities.

You can find our research at New Zealanders and the Arts 2017 and Audience Atlas New Zealand 2017

Funding limits

Individual artists can apply for a maximum of $10,000.

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.
  • Activities that are associated with the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (as funding has been provided through the selection of the official Aotearoa Delegation).
  • 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

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather support material.
  3. Prepare a budget using our budget template.
  4. Submit your application by 5pm on the closing date.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The idea is well developed.
  • The delivery to the identified under-represented community or communities is appropriate for the artistic project.
  • Best practice guidelines for working and partnering with young people have been carefully applied to this project.


Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • Costs and revenue are realistic.
  • The budget is thorough with appropriate levels of confirmed contributions from applicants and/or other partners.
  • The people involved have sufficient expertise to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

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

  • The project delivers to the selected CNZ strategic outcome.
  • The artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be of high quality.
  • The impacts on the young people identified will be significant.
  • The project delivers to the objectives of the Fund.

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

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 seven weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 30 August 2019.

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 using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Login or register to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: