Creative New Zealand response to COVID-19 - Updated 29 May 2020
17 Mar 2020
We’re actively monitoring the impact of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) on the arts community, and exploring all options for how we can support you through this time and beyond. We’ll update use this page when we have news about opportunities, activity and our position. We encourage everyone to follow Ministry of Health guidelines.
Last updated Thursday 29 May.
Find COVID-19 information on this page:
- Creative New Zealand welcomes biggest government investment in the arts for two decades
- Week six results for Arts Continuity Grant and Emergency Relief Grant - as at 29 May 2020
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions - UPDATED 28 May 2020
- Massive sector response to Creative New Zealand’s COVID-19 emergency support, with some Phase 1 timeframes shortened
- Arts Council lays framework for Phase 2 of Creative New Zealand’s COVID-19 response - 1 May 2020
- Creative New Zealand opens first phase funding for COVID-19-impacted arts sector - 14 April 2020
- Further details on our Emergency Response Package - 6 April 2020
- Update from us - 24 March 2020
- More about our approach to COVID-19
- Advice about currently funded projects - 24 March 2020
- Resources and information
- Media release: Creative New Zealand welcomes biggest government investment in the arts for two decades
- Closing of applications for Phase 1 of the Emergency Response Package
- Emergency Relief Grant results (rolling results): To date, 1536 grants totalling $5,876,147 have been paid, from a total 2798 applications received so far.
- Arts Continuity Grant results, batch 6: 76 grants totalling $1,940,361 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners in this funding round. Also, see the Arts Continuity Grant cumulative results
22 May 2020
- Arts Continuity Grant results, batch 5: 68 grants totalling $1,701,087 have been offered in the 22 May batch to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners. Also, see the Arts Continuity Grant cumulative results
- Media release: Massive sector response to Creative New Zealand’s COVID-19 emergency support, with some Phase 1 timeframes shortened
- Arts Continuity Grant results, batch 4: 54 grants totalling $1,435,344 have been offered in the 15 May batch to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners. Also, see the Arts Continuity Grant cumulative results
8 May 2020
- Arts Continuity Grant results, batch 3: 41 grants totalling $998,623 have been offered in the 8 May batch to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners. Also, see the Arts Continuity Grant cumulative results
1 May 2020
- Watch this video: How to apply for an Emergency Relief Grant (YouTube, six minutes)
- Arts Council lays framework for Phase 2 of Creative New Zealand’s COVID-19 response
- Emergency Relief Grant results (rolling results): As at 1 May we have received 1,420 applications and have approved 405 for payment totalling $1,583,294.
- Arts Continuity Grant results, batch 2: 39 grants totalling $830,617 have been offered in the 1 May batch to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners. Also, see the Arts Continuity Grant cumulative results
Since opening our Emergency Response Package last week (14 April) we’ve received a huge number of applications and awarded over $1.4 million across our Emergency Relief Grant and Arts Continuity Grant. Results:
- Arts Continuity Grant results, batch 1: As at 24 April 18 grants totalling $416,031 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners. Also, see the Arts Continuity Grant cumulative results
- Special Online Hui with Creative New Zealand, 15 April [YouTube] — captions added 22 April.
- Media release: Details of Creative New Zealand’s first phase arts sector boost, ahead of 14 April opening
20 March 2020
19 March 2020
- We’ve pulled together a COVID-19 response group to give dedicated focus to this mahi. This work is our first priority.
- Our pānui email about our response to COVID-19
- Advice to our staff (work travel is now on hold)
17 March 2020
- Message from our Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright (pdf) on our latest plans to support the arts sector in light of COVID-19 developments
Overall our approach, like other New Zealand organisations, is to try to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on our people, our whānau, our communities (both national and international), and our organisation.
We’re actively monitoring COVID-19 updates and advice from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the World Health Organization. We’re also keeping a close watch on how other government agencies and organisations in New Zealand and around the globe are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll update our website so you are always aware of our position.
We have plans in place to look out for our staff and provide business continuity. We’re also seeking to better understand the consequences of COVID-19 on arts practitioners, arts organisations and individuals. This work is a priority for us. The Arts Council has met and will meet again to make decisions necessary to support the sector in response to COVID-19, and our Audit and Risk Committee will continue to meet whenever required to revise our position if/when necessary.
If you’re concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 on your arts project or funding application with us, we’ve also provided some information for you below.
We have outlined some potential scenarios along with our position and advice for these.
Please note: this advice is about project funding grants – not for activities within our Tōtara and Kahikatea investment clients’ agreed programmes and budgets.
We encourage you to take time to consider the impact of COVID-19 on your project and contact us when you are ready. We anticipate it will take us some time to be able to respond to everyone with affected projects, as well as those enquiring about our recently announced Emergency Response Package. If you need to make changes to your projects due to the impact of COVID-19, please be reassured there will be no negative ramifications for your future funding applications.
Please read the scenarios below and email us if you need to make changes to your project as a result of the impact of COVID-19. We will then contact you to discuss.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCENARIO 1: Due to COVID-19, the arts project I’ve already received Creative New Zealand funding for has been postponed or I wish to delay the project.
If you need more time to complete your project, you can request a one-year extension from the original project end date.
The grant amount awarded for your project cannot be changed but budget lines (ie. how you can spend the money/what you spend the money on) can be changed, with agreement.
SCENARIO 2: Due to COVID-19, the arts project I’ve already received Creative New Zealand funding for has been cancelled.
If you have spent some of your grant, you will need to return any of the unspent grant to us if it is greater than 10% of the grant. The following also applies:
- You should seek refunds for any costs that you have already incurred. You will need to provide proof for any costs already incurred that are non-refundable.
- You can reallocate your grant to honour personnel costs or contracts with freelancers and artists who would have been involved with delivering your project. You will need to detail for us where you intend to reallocate this funding and have that agreed in advance.
- You can reallocate some of your grant to lost income if the projected income was listed in your application budget. You can deduct this from funds that may need to be returned.
- Any variances from your original project and/or budget need to be reported on in your project completion report.
If you have spent all of your grant and can provide proof that it was spent on costs that are non-refundable, you will need to report this in your project completion report.
SCENARIO 3: I am facing changing costs for my arts project due to COVID-19 but plan to go ahead with the project.
We appreciate that costs and ways of delivering projects are significantly changing. The grant amount awarded for your project cannot be changed but budget lines (ie. how you can spend the money/what you spend the money on) can be changed, with agreement.
SCENARIO 4: I have been funded but haven’t yet requested payment of the grant.
Your grant is still available for you, however please do not feel rushed to request payment, given your project may need to be adapted. Once you receive your grant, you will need to provide a statement advising us whether there is a change to the project plan, or if you wish to follow any of the guidelines already laid out above eg. extension request or changing the budget lines.
Please note, we will not release the funds until three months prior to the project start date.
SCENARIO 5: My arts project is not currently impacted by COVID-19 and I plan to go ahead with the project.
No action is required, but please contact us if the situation changes.
SCENARIO 6: I would like my application to a now closed or suspended funding round to be submitted directly to the Emergency Response Package.
Due to the completely changed environment and potentially different application criteria, you will need to make a new application. We will ensure it is as simple as possible. If your application has been withdrawn from a suspended programme, you can access it on your Portal dashboard, and you will be able to take content from it into a new application.
We encourage all artists, art practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations to first be looking at the Government’s Economic Response Package, and specifically the WINZ COVID-19 Support for Self-employed and Employers to provide hardship support. This includes the COVID-19 Leave Payment and the Wage Subsidy.
SCENARIO 7: I am due to submit a project completion report however I am delayed in completing it due to the COVID-19 situation.
We appreciate that COVID-19 is having an impact on people’s ability to deliver and complete projects. If you require an extension, you can request this in the Portal.
SCENARIO 8: My application has been withdrawn from a suspended programme
Rest assured, your application is still accessible on your Portal dashboard. You can draw information from it and copy content in to an application to the Emergency Response Package or a future programme.
SCENARIO 9: I’m part of the Aotearoa delegation that was heading to Hawai’i in June 2020 for the Festival of Pacific Arts (FestPAC) – which has been postponed.
Creative New Zealand will work with the FestPAC Commission to understand what this will mean for the New Zealand delegation and will provide an update when possible.
In the meantime, please read the statement on our website in response to the initial postponement announcement from festival organisers. You can also email our project team with any specific questions: FestPAC2020@creativenz.govt.nz
Useful websites to consult for up to date information and advice:
- Small business IRD loan scheme eligibility tool on the government’s business.govt.nz website
- Government's official Unite against COVID-19 website
- Work and Income (WINZ) and COVID-19
- Government advice for businesses
- Aotearoa Arts and Events during the COVID 19 Crisis Facebook group and Aotearoa Arts and Events during the COVID 19 Crisis website
- New Zealand Ministry of Health
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Immigration NZ
- New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT)
- State Services Workforce Pandemic Planning Guidelines (State Services Commission)