Funding for individual artists and arts practitioners to develop skills that increase career sustainability and future-proof business practice.
$5,000 to $10,000
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Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund 2022/23
For projects taking place between:
25 Nov 2022 - 25 Nov 2023
Opened: 19 Sep 2022
Closed: 14 Oct 2022, 1PM
Eligibility for Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund
This fund is for individual artists and arts practitioners who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
You must apply as an individual, not an organisation. However, we recognise an individual could be looking to develop business skills that benefit their organisation or company, eg for sole traders or owner/operators, and this fund can be used for that purpose.
Previous recipients of this fund are not eligible to apply.
Permanent staff members of Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment organisations are not eligible to apply. However, fixed-term employees or contractors may apply.
Annual Arts Grant recipients are eligible to apply in their capacity as individuals, not organisations, and only for a new project, or new project phase that extends beyond what Creative New Zealand currently funds you to deliver.
Members of a collective can apply separately as individuals and can apply for the same type of activity, or the same tools or provider. Each application will be assessed on its own merits.
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
For examples of what success means in your artform check under Guidelines - Artforms. If you don't have the track record we're looking for you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme.
There are three types of funding: Ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts and General arts. There are additional eligibility requirements for Ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding types. You may be eligible for more than one type of funding, but you can only choose one for your application.
Ngā toi Māori funding
To apply for Ngā toi Māori funding:
- you must be Māori, or your project must be managed or directed by Māori
- organisations, groups or collectives must be Māori-led. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.
Applications are assessed by Māori artists or practitioners with experience in Ngā toi Māori.
Pacific arts funding
To apply for Pacific arts funding:
- your activities must align to our Pacific Arts Strategy 2018-2023
- Kaupapa Pasifika will be evident in the practice of your activities
- the activities will deliver outcomes to Pacific arts and artists
Applications are assessed by Pasifika artists or practitioners with experience in the Pacific arts.
General arts funding
The general eligibility criteria apply. Applications are assessed by artists and practitioners with experience in the relevant artform.
Breaches of agreements
You can't apply if you, your organisation, or key members of your project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement.
If you receive funding, be sure to read all the terms and conditions in your funding agreement and note your reporting deadlines so you don't breach the agreement. If we consider the terms and conditions of funding to be seriously breached, which includes missing the deadline for reporting, we reserve the right to terminate the grant and seek repayment.
Benefits to New Zealand arts
Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
Partnering with organisations in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investments programmes
If your project is in partnership with, or will result in a presentation at, an organisation in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution to the project.
Submit your application by 1:00pm on the closing date (earlier if you can).
See our Guidelines for step-by-step technical guidance, tips and support to create your CNZ portal account or to use the online application form.
If you have access needs or require additional support to use the CNZ portal, contact us on email email@example.com or phone 0800 CREATIVE (273 284).
How often you can apply
You can submit one application only.
Reapplying for a previously declined project
We offer the opportunity to resubmit a previously declined project only under limited circumstances. See Guidelines - Reapplying for a previously declined project.
To apply you need to fill in all sections of the online application form. You also need to prepare documents and supporting information to upload to your application form.
You need to provide a detailed project budget as part of your application.
It must show:
- All the costs to your programme or project
- Which of those costs you want the Creative New Zealand grant to cover
- All sources of revenue
You can present your budget using any of the following:
- Standard project budget template
- Activity and budget template for a programme of activity
- The template that is built into the Budget section of the application form
If you are a sole trader or registered as a company, you can choose to have your grant paid into your company account rather than your individual account.
Your application must include quotes for costs from consultants or suppliers (e.g., from mentrors, training specialists or IT providers).
Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund assessment criteria
Your application is assessed by external peer assessors using the following criteria.
- Timely – There is a compelling case for this project and for why this support is needed now.
- Impact – This project is likely to achieve the desired goal/s and have long term benefits for the sustainability of the artist’s career.
- Planning – The planning and timeline is realistic and achievable.
- Budget – The budget is thorough and accurate.
- People – The people involved have the skills and experience to deliver.
For more information, advice or to discuss your project schedule a conversation with a Funding Adviser online or email the Capability Services & Initiatives team
You can read all the information you need to apply on this page.
If you prefer, you can watch a recording of one of the following webinars on our Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund:
- General Q&A: Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund (YouTube 45 mins)
Watch this general Q&A with our Capability Services and Initiatives team, recorded on 30 August 2022.
- Zui: Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund (YouTube 51 mins)
Watch Te Otinga Hohaia, Funding Adviser, Funding Services and Kereama Te Ua, Arts Practice Director - Māori in this Zui to discuss the fund, recorded on 31 August 2022.
- Zono: Building Business Capability for Individual Practitioners Fund (YouTube 54 mins)
Watch Evotia-Rose Araiti, Senior Adviser, Capability Services & Initiatives, Pacific and Paul Lisi, Arts Practice Director – Pacific in this Zono to discuss the fund, recorded on 1 September 2022.