If the shoe fits: Finding your way to funding

Bruce Connew 'folded eggs’ to be published in New Zealand mid-June 2018
Writing funding applications is not the most exciting element of being an artist, but to get your project off the ground, it’s a necessary one. Photograph by Bruce Connew.


Creative New Zealand Communications Manager, Helen Isbister has found that it is the Quick Response Grant that receives the most applications. It is in place to help New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create and distribute their work. Up to $7,500 is available at three times throughout the year. The next closing date for the Quick Response Grant is 22 June 2018. Decisions take four weeks and typically one in four or five applications get funded.

Grants are generally put towards personnel, hard costs like materials and venue, as well as stipends. Creative New Zealand website provides useful guidelines around suggested rates of pay for stipends.

Creative New Zealand suggests applicants need to be very clear about what the money is going towards in their application, and that this is reviewed in the required Project Completion Report. They encourage recipients to contact a Creative New Zealand funding advisor if they anticipate deviations or delays from the orginal budget or plan. Creative New Zealand have a team of three funding advisers, freely available to discuss forseeable challenges.  

Bruce Connew (photograph on right) recently received Quick Response Grant Funding in the last round for his book 'folded eggs' - to be published mid June 2018. Bruce says, “Without the Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant, this lovely, modest photobook, a meditation on history and memory, would have remained a maquette in a box, I’m very grateful.”

Up to $7,500

Closing dates
22 Jun 2018
9 Nov 2018

Find out who else got funded recently

The team at Creative New Zealand have compiled their tips to consider when preparing funding applications:

  1. Talk to a funding adviser about your application, especially if you are new to Creative New Zealand or a fund/programme. They will ask questions about your project and give you advice on which opportunities are right for you. They will also help you understand programme/fund criteria and our funding priorities.
  2. Read all relevant documentation and advice before you start your application. There is information and guidelines on each funding opportunity on the Creative New Zealand website as well as text within the online application portal to help you answer each question.
  3. Consider if this is the right time for your application. Is your thinking and project advanced enough for you to make the best application you can?
  4. Start your application early. You can start your application online and save and work on it until you are ready to submit. You can also have more than one person working on the application.
  5. Keep your answers to questions clear and concise. You are not writing an essay, put your main points at the start of your answers rather than at the end as a conclusion.
  6. Start your budget early and make sure it adds up. Poor, rushed budgets are often a weak link in applications. Provide accurate information about all your costs and how you expect to meet them.
  7. Only include support material that is relevant to your current application. We would rather see fewer well selected items than irrelevant or lengthy material.  If you are asking people to provide letters of support let them have your full application so they can comment on your specific project.
  8. Get someone with a ‘fresh eye’ to read your application and check your budget. If you are close to a project it’s easy to assume other people know as much as you do and it’s difficult to see errors. Get some help.
  9. If you are unsuccessful seek feedback on how you could have improved the application.

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

5 Apr 2018

The Big Idea Editor

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