Creative New Zealand shares initial funding opportunities for the next financial year, opening from July 2021

20 May 2021

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Creative New Zealand confirms some initial funding opportunities and timings for the upcoming financial year (July 2021 – June 2022), with openings from 5 July.

Creative New Zealand confirms some initial funding opportunities and timings for the upcoming financial year (July 2021 – June 2022), with openings from 5 July.

Today, Creative New Zealand can share:


At a glance

Creative New Zealand is aiming to deliver a fit-for-purpose and affordable 12-month programme through to June 2022 to support the arts sector to continue to survive, recover and thrive in a COVID-19 world.

Today the organisation has released some initial funding opportunities as part of that offering. It is working on other initiatives and will share more as these are confirmed.

Its final annual investment (through to June 2022) will be confirmed by the Arts Council in August as part of finalising its 2021/22 budget (this is done every year in August). After this, Creative New Zealand will be able to share a fuller 12-month investment plan (July 2021 – June 2022); in essence its Phase 3 response to COVID-19.

In summary:

  • Creative New Zealand’s offerings for the upcoming financial year are a blend of what the organisation offered pre-COVID and some of the important changes that the organisation is responding to.
  • While Creative New Zealand won’t have as much pūtea (money) to invest in this upcoming financial year as it did in the current financial year (2020/21), it will be investing significantly more than it did in 2018/19 – prior to COVID-19. The organisation is also offering a wider range of opportunities to the sector through its contestable funding programmes.
  • Drawing on what the organisation has learnt this past year, for grants funding it is prioritising investment into a simplified programme to support artists and arts practitioners.
    • There will be six Arts Grants rounds, with a five-week turnaround for decision making – see snapshot below.
    • Annual Arts Grants’ eligibility criteria will be more flexible – see snapshot below.
    • Arts Grants and Annual Arts Grants will open on 5 July.
  • Creative New Zealand will continue to deliver COVID-19-specific recovery opportunities through the Government’s arts and culture COVID recovery programme – this includes the Pasifika Festivals Initiative and the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund.
  • Creative New Zealand needs to retain some flexibility in its budget in the event of further COVID-19 impacts, to be able to flex the programmes should a COVID-19 resurgence take place.
  • The organisation is continuing with some special opportunities for artists, its usual awards and scholarships, and the Creative Communities Scheme.
  • The organisation will reframe its support in the international space to adjust to the changed environment.
  • Creative New Zealand is still developing its capability and investment programmes – more on this to come.

Snapshots of initial funding offerings for the upcoming financial year are below.


Focus for 2021/22 financial year

The priority for this upcoming financial year is to spread pūtea across a greater range of offerings to support the diverse needs of the arts community. The organisation has approached its programme in this way to create more space in its funding calendar across the year to offer more programmes, and to do more mahi to understand how it can meaningfully reach different parts of the arts community.

Creative New Zealand is retaining some elements of its Phase 1 and 2 COVID-19 responses, including more arts grants rounds than pre-COVID times, which enable practitioners to nimbly respond to changes in the external environment.

There’s less money to invest in the upcoming financial year because in 2020/21 Creative New Zealand had received the additional one-off $25 million in core funding from the Government through the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme.

In order to invest as much as it can into grants funding and to ensure it can be highly responsive to the sector, the organisation won’t be offering some special opportunities, initiatives and pilots for the 2021/22 year – a tough decision which was not taken lightly. These are:

  • Overseas residencies (remain on hold)
  • Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund (on hold)
  • Toi Rangatahi Fund (remains on hold)
  • Some fellowships (remain on hold)
  • Wild Creations (remains on hold)

Creative New Zealand will also:

  • continue delivering to its key kaupapa 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
  • consider how its support for the arts is inclusive of, and accessible to, New Zealand’s diverse communities
  • support the arts sector to maximise the opportunities associated with digital technologies
  • work to improve the sustainability of the arts sector
  • honour its contracted commitments to organisations in its investment programmes (Tōtara and Kahikatea) and announce a process for applications to the Kahikatea programme – more on this to come.

Creative New Zealand’s annual investment will be confirmed by the Arts Council at the end of August as part of finalising its 2021/22 budget (this is done every year in August). 


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

Funding calendar: 12-month funding calendar (1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022)

‘Looking to the year ahead in a COVID world’: Blog from Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright

Funding queries: funding@creativenz.govt.nz
Media queries: jasmyne.chung@creativenz.govt.nz; 027 838 8868


Snapshots of initial opportunities for 2021/22

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 offer short-term project funding for New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations (including groups and collectives). This programme’s purpose is to support more sustainable careers, encourage innovation and the development of arts practice, and provides opportunities for diverse communities to access the arts. 
  • Arts Grants in 2021/22 will:
    • provide six rounds between July 2021 and June 2022
    • accept a maximum of two applications from one applicant across the six rounds (applicants can only submit one application in any round)
    • notify applicants of decisions five weeks after the closing date
    • have a limit of up to 225 applications able to be submitted for each round (a total of 1,350 applications can be submitted across all six rounds in the financial year July 2021 to June 2022)
    • close each round when 225 applications have been submitted, or when the closing date is reached (whichever comes first).

Eligibility criteria will remain the same as for the 2020/21 financial year.

Full details about Arts Grants will be available on Creative New Zealand’s website when the first round for 2021/22 opens on 5 July 2021.


Annual Art 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 5 July, closing 13 August, with notifications on 1 October 2021.
  • 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.
  • We have broadened the eligibility criteria for 2021/22 to allow a wider group of artists, arts practitioners or organisations to be eligible.
  • To be eligible to apply for this fund you must be an artist, arts practitioner or arts organisation that:
    • meets the general Arts Grants eligibility criteria
    • meets one of the following scenarios:
      • In the four calendar years 2017–2020, you received at least three grants (from a list of selected Creative New Zealand funding opportunities) totalling at least $75,000, which have each been evaluated as having met or exceeded expectations.
      • In the three calendar years 2017–2019, you received funding through Toi Tōtara or Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes but are no longer receiving this funding.
      • You submitted an Expression of Interest in March 2020 to take part in Te Puāwaitanga, our developmental programme.
      • You are a successful recipient of an Annual Arts Grant awarded in 2020 and have submitted an interim report that has been evaluated as being ‘on track’.

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.
  • This fund, in its second year, includes additional investment from the Government’s Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku initiative.
  • There will be one round, opening on 23 August 2021.

Global Networks Presentation Fund

Amount funded: Up to $50,000 per application
Who it is for: Individual artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations and international arts organisations (but the application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts).

Snapshot:

  • This new fund supports in person/physical, digital or hybrid international presentations of work that are the result of one of Creative New Zealand's international initiatives, including the adaptation of existing work to respond to an international presentation opportunity.
  • There will be two rounds, in October 2021 and February 2022.
  • Creative New Zealand will provide further details ahead of the first round opening on 4 October 2021.

Special opportunities

  • The following special opportunities will continue to be offered in 2021/22:
    • Toi Tipu Toi Rea – Emerging Māori Artist Fund (two rounds within Arts Grants Round 3 and Round 6)
    • Todd New Writer’s Bursary (within Arts Grants Round 1)
    • Tup Lang Choreographic Award (within Arts Grants Round 2)
    • Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary (within Arts Grants Round 5)
    • 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. Dates for all Arts Grants rounds are in the 12-month funding calendar.

  • Creative New Zealand will provide further details on criteria on each of these opportunities around the time of opening.

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 2022.