Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund

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

Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
14 Feb 2020, 1pm

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 and they must be leading the project.

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: Funding guidelines - Public museums and galleries
  • projects in or with schools must not duplicate Ministry of Education funding or activity delivered by teachers (including itinerant staff) as defined in a school’s annual curriculum and teaching programme. Applications must include:
    • A letter of support from the school that confirms the activities go beyond or extend existing programmes, and confirmation of the partnership with artists/arts organisations, where relevant.

Project timing

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

  • start after 3 April 2020
  • be completed by 3 April 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.


  • 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.

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 Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund application in a funding round. You can apply for the other two Toi Rangatahi funds for another project if you meet the criteria of each fund, however each application must be for a different project.

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 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.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


Toi (arts) Rangatahi (youth, younger generation) is part of a five-year initiative, Young New Zealanders in the Arts established in 2018/19. In 2019/20 $750,000 is available across three funds:

Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund (this fund)

Toi Rangatahi Engagement Fund

Toi Rangatahi Participation Fund

The Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund will increase opportunities for young people to lead arts projects by, with and/or 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/or 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 and/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 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

Contact funding services if you have questions.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

​How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund 2020 Round 1.

  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 online by 1pm on the closing date.

For more information about the assessment process and criteria see our Funding guidelines - assessment

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.
  • The leadership opportunity for the rangatahi leading the project is clearly outlined.
  • Best practice guidelines for working and partnering with young people have been carefully applied to this project.


Can it be achieved? We look for 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 to Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The project delivers to the selected strategic outcome.
  • The artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be of high quality.
  • The project will increase opportunities for young New Zealanders (aged 15-25 years) to engage in high-quality arts experiences

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 Purpose under See what's funded to guide you.

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 seven weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 3 April 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: