Creative New Zealand shares investment approach and key funding opportunities for the 2022/23 financial year, opening from July 2022

1 Jun 2022

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Creative New Zealand shares key funding opportunities for 2022/23

Creative New Zealand confirms key funding opportunities and timings for the upcoming year (July 2022 – June 2023), with openings from 18 July.

Today, Creative New Zealand can share:

  • details of key funding opportunities for the next year, including the purpose of each opportunity, who they’re for and timeframes – see snapshots below
  • our 12-month funding schedule for 2022/23 to give the arts community visibility over what’s coming up and to support their planning 
  • the first set of opportunities will open mid-July 2022, with Annual Arts Grants opening on 18 July and Arts Grants round 1 on 25 July
  • a blog from our Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright, talking about the wider context in which our programme sits: A season of change

Funding programme at a glance

Today, Wednesday 1 June, we have released our approach for investing in and supporting the arts community for the next 12 months, including key funding opportunities as part of that offering.

We’ll release our Statement of Intent at the end of June/early July 2022 which will set out where we’ll place our focus across all our work for the next four years.

We’ll finalise our budget in August 2022 when our funding from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Te Puna Tahua is confirmed.

In summary

While Creative New Zealand won’t have as much pūtea (money) to invest in this upcoming financial year as we did in the past two financial years (2020/21 and 2021/22), we’ll be investing more than we did in 2018/19 – prior to COVID-19. We continue to offer a wider range of opportunities to the sector through our contestable funding programmes.

Most funding programmes will remain the same as the current 2021/22 financial year and deliver to our Investment Strategy – the key difference will be the money available and a greater focus on supporting individual practitioners.

Snapshots of key Creative New Zealand funding opportunities for the upcoming financial year are below. A more comprehensive list of funding opportunities can be found in our funding schedule.

Manatū Taonga continues to lead the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme that was introduced in 2020 as well as its Delta/Omicron relief funding, providing emergency support to at-risk organisations/individuals and support for event cancellation.

Grants funding – what’s staying the same:

  • Arts Grants will continue with short decision-making timeframes – see snapshot below.
  • Annual Arts Grants’ eligibility criteria essentially remain the same – see snapshot below.
  • Special opportunities and initiatives that were offered in 2021/22 will continue to be offered in the upcoming 2022/23 financial year.
  • We’re continuing to offer our usual awards, bursaries and scholarships.
  • We’ll continue to offer the Global Networks Presentation Fund and Global Digital New Work Fund.
  • We’ll continue to offer the Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund.
  • We’ll continue to support the Creative Communities Scheme.

Grants funding – what’s changing:

  • There will be four Arts Grants rounds which will close after 250 applications have been submitted (in 2021/22 there were six rounds which closed after 225 applications were submitted) – see snapshot below.
  • We’ll run one round of the Toi Ake Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kotuku Fund in the 2022/23 year.
  • We’ve shifted the focus of the Capability Building programme from organisational development to building resilience in the sector for individual practitioners.
  • We’re making some important changes to Toi Tipu Toi Rea, our programme to support emerging Māori artists or practitioners at an early stage of their career – details to come.
  • The bi-annual Berlin Writer’s Residency will be offered.
  • The bi-annual Michael King Writer’s Fellowship will be offered.

Our wider focus for 2022/23 financial year

The Government’s overall investment in the arts for the 2022/23 financial year is lower than the last couple of years where one-off COVID funding has bolstered investment. Also, the country is now (at the time of writing) at Orange under New Zealand's traffic light settings, where there are no limitations on congregation as there have been in the past.

Creative New Zealand’s investment for 2022/23 will be higher than pre-COVID times but will be less than the past three years (when we used our reserves to support the sector through our initial emergency response and received one-off funding support from the Government to deliver COVID-19 specific initiatives).

As part of our planning, we’ve considered where we’re best placed to support the arts sector with the funds we have available in 2022/23, as well as feedback we received from the sector in March on our proposed strategic focus areas for the next four years. As a result, we’ll continue to offer a suite of funding opportunities while also providing support to the arts community in other ways.

We’ll release our Statement of Intent 2022–2026 at the end of June/early July, which will set out where we’ll focus our attention and strategic priorities for the next four years. In the meantime, we’re sharing our funding opportunities today to allow the arts community the time to plan, ahead of July openings.

Within our International Programme, we continue to focus on new and innovative ways of working and collaborating. This includes digital engagement and delivery, as well as hybrid activity, given that travel is now resuming. We’ll continue to evolve and redesign specific initiatives to ensure that we offer a programme that is relevant and responsive.

We’ll honour our commitments to organisations in our investment programmes (Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea); this includes delivering the Request for Proposals project for funding through the Kahikatea programme 2023-2025 that is currently underway.

We’ll also continue delivering to our key strategies, Te Hā o ngā Toi—Māori Arts Strategy 2019–2024 and the Pacific Arts Strategy 2018–2023, as well as to the Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018–2023 and the Advocacy Strategy 2016–2021.  

We’ll make improvements to our funding systems and processes to comply with current accessibility standards.

We’ll also support the arts sector to maximise the opportunities associated with digital technologies.


Questions about Creative New Zealand’s initial funding opportunities for the next financial year? Read these Frequently Asked Questions

Funding schedule: 12-month funding schedule (1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023)

Funding queries: funding@creativenz.govt.nz
Media queries: media@creativenz.govt.nz; 027 292 1589

For questions about Government investment in arts, culture and heritage: please get in touch with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage as New Zealand’s major funder of the arts, culture and heritage sector: media@mch.govt.nz.


Snapshots of key opportunities for 2022/23

Arts Grants

Amount funded: From $5,000 to $75,000 per application
Who it is for: Individual artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations, excluding organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes.

Snapshot:

Arts Grants in 2022/23 will:

  • provide four rounds between July 2022 and June 2023
  • accept a maximum of two applications from one applicant across the four rounds (applicants can only submit one application in any round)
  • close each round when 250 applications have been submitted (a total of 1,000 applications can be submitted across all four rounds in the financial year July 2022 to June 2023)
  • notify applicants of decisions in September 2022, December 2022, April 2023 and June 2023.

Eligibility criteria will remain the same. 

Full details about Arts Grants will be available on our website when the first round for 2022/23 opens on 25 July 2022.

Annual Arts Grants

Amount funded: $75,000 to $150,000 per application
Who it is for: Individual artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations – excluding organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes – who meet specific eligibility criteria.

Snapshot:

  • Annual Arts Grants provide flexible options for arts organisations and individual artists seeking more certainty of support for their projects over a longer timeframe.
  • Annual Arts Grants funding supports eligible artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to present a regular or continuous programme of activity over a 12-month period and/or produce or present a significant event or project.
  • There will be one round, opening on 18 July, closing on 5 August, with notifications on 16 September 2022.
  • We expect eligible applicants to strongly deliver to the Arts Grants programme purposes, and to have previously delivered programmes or projects at a high level of quality over a sustained period.
  • In the four calendar years 2018–2021, eligible applicants must have received at least three grants (from a list of specific Creative New Zealand funding opportunities) totalling at least $75,000, which have each been evaluated as having met or exceeded expectations.

Full details about the Annual Arts Grants opportunity will be available on our website when it opens on 18 July 2022.

Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund

Amount funded: $5,000 to $75,000 per application
Who it is for: Individual artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations, excluding organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes, who meet specific eligibility criteria.

Snapshot:

  • 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.
  • We’re planning to run one round of the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kotuku Fund in the 2022/23 year at this stage.
  • The round will open on 22 August 2022.

Special opportunities

The following special opportunities will continue to be offered in 2022/23:

  • Michael King Writer's Fellowship (alongside Arts Grants round 3)
  • Berlin Writer’s Residency (alongside Arts Grants round 1)
  • Tup Lang Choreographic Award (alongside Arts Grants round 2)
  • Todd New Writer’s Bursary (within Arts Grants round 1)
  • Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary (within Arts Grants round 4)
  • Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship and Jack McGill Music Scholarship (alongside Arts Grants round 4)

As noted above, these opportunities will continue to be offered within or alongside a particular Arts Grants round across the year. We’ll provide further details on criteria on each of these opportunities around the time of opening. Dates for all Arts Grants rounds are in the 12-month funding schedule.

This year we’re making some important changes to Toi Tipu Toi Rea, our programme to support emerging Māori artists or practitioners at an early stage of their career. These changes aim to improve access for Māori artists to Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa by approaching this relationship through a Te Ao Māori lens. Registrations of interest for Toi Tipu Toi Rea will open in August 2022 – we’ll share details closer to the time.

Awards

Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi, the Arts Pasifika Awards and the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement will all once again be offered, with nominations opening in May 2023 for the 2023 awards. (We’re currently calling for nominations for the 2022 awards.)