Creative New Zealand offers a range of funding opportunities to help New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create and distribute their work.

Applying for 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 the track record CNZ are looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme.
To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:
must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council
You can make up to two applications in a funding round.
You can apply up to four times in total in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for a Quick Response Grant, Arts Grant, Toi Ake and/or Tohunga Tukunga, eg two arts grant applications and two Toi Ake applications.
If an application is turned down, you can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Arts Grants.

How to make a strong application

We strongly suggest that you make initial contact with the CNZ Arts Advisor for your artform before beginning the online application process.

  • Clearly explain your project idea and what will be achieved.
  • Describe how your project will achieve the Creative New Zealand strategic outcome you selected.
  • Describe what a successful project will look like (how you will evaluate its success).
  • Demonstrate how you’ll compete the project in the timeframe. A timeline or production schedule may be useful.
  • Identify the key people and their experience.
  • Provide detailed financial information that is accurate and relevant.
  • Provide detailed itineraries if applicable: when, where, who and why.
  • Provide confirmation of venues if possible.
Ensure you provide brief, recent and relevant artistic support material
audio and video support material is of good quality and accessible
you provide up to three up-to-date relevant letters of support, with one preferably from someone not directly involved with your project. Creative NZ cannot consider letters of support from Creative New Zealand staff or members of the Arts Council.
Examples include:
  • box-office income or recording sales
  • fees to be paid by practitioners enrolled in a professional-development course
  • performance or appearance fees being paid by venues, presenters or exhibitors.

Application Tips

The Idea
Explain the central idea or kaupapa of your project. You’ll be assessed on how strong and how well developed it is. – Create excitement!
How will you carry out and evaluate the project, what success will look like, and how you’ll measure the project’s success. You’ll be assessed on how viable the processes you’ve explained are, and how you plan to evaluate the completed project.
– Include a timeline, and marketing plans.
The People
Who is involved? You’ll be assessed on the level of ability and experience of the individuals or organisations involved in your project.
– First-timers – include a full CV
– Received previous funding – Bio
How much will it cost? You’ll be assessed on the credibility and accuracy of the supporting financial information that you provide in your budget.
– What’s in the Process (as above) needs to be reflected in the budget.
– Specific items must be tagged in the budget as to where CNZ funds would go.
Please Note: your project must not have previously received funding from Creative New Zealand (including through the Creative Communities Scheme) so please consider the timing of your grant applications carefully.
You may be able to apply to the Creative Communities Scheme in your area if you are unsuccessful with an application to the CNZ Quick Response or Arts Grants.