Funding for Māori artists, arts practitioners and Māori-led arts organisations (including groups and collectives) to work with marae, hapū, iwi, whakapapa-based rōpū or mātāwaka to protect, develop and ensure the retention of mātauranga toi (artform and arts practice knowledge) related to heritage ngā toi Māori.
$5,000 to $75,000
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Toi Ake - Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund 2022/23
For projects taking place between:
28 Oct 2022 - 28 Jan 2024
Opened: 22 Aug 2022
Closed: 16 Sep 2022, 1PM
- meet our general eligibility criteria and track record requirements, and
- 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.
Organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes and recipients of Annual Arts Grant funding are eligible to apply, but only for a new project, or new project phase that extends beyond what Creative New Zealand currently funds you to deliver.
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.
This fund supports Māori artists, arts practitioners and Māori-led arts organisations (including groups and collectives) to work with marae, hapū, iwi, whakapapa-based rōpū or mātāwaka to protect, develop and ensure the retention of mātauranga toi (artform and arts practice knowledge) related to heritage ngā toi Māori.
Examples of funded activity include:
- wānanga to develop mātauranga and skills in specific heritage Māori artforms (e.g. Te Whare Pora, Whare Tapere, whakatere waka) working with marae, hapū, iwi, whakapapa-based rōpū or mātāwaka
- the development of new contemporary Māori artworks where the project also includes opportunities to protect and retain mātauranga toi related to heritage or customary Māori arts
Successful applications have provided clear information on:
- how the project will support the retention of artform knowledge, how pūkenga will be involved and how mātauranga will be shared with others (e.g. through wānanga)
- fair payment for mātanga, pakeke, kaumātua and artists
- marae, hapū or iwi support for the project via letters or emails of support.
Priorities for funding and other sources of support
- We do not fund marae restoration. For marae restoration support, contact Te Puni Kōkiri’s Oranga Marae programme
- Priority will be given to applicants who have not been funded in previous rounds of the Toi Ake - Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund from September 2020.
- Projects that focus on the revitalisation of te reo Māori are eligible to apply under this fund but priority will be given to projects that support the protection and revitalisation of mātauranga related to Māori arts and cultural practice knowledge. Other funders who support the revitalisation of te reo Māori, include Te Mātāwai, Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Māngai Pāho
- Toi Ake is focused on protecting and nurturing heritage ngā toi Māori; consider whether your project meets the purpose of the Toi Ake Fund or is better suited to Arts Grants
Funding can be used for between $5,000 and $75,000 towards project costs.
You can only apply for costs incurred between the project start and end dates listed in your application. We don't fund retrospective or ongoing costs.
Your project must:
- Start after 28 October 2022
- Finish before 28 January 2024
Benefits to New Zealand arts
Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
Alignment to Creative New Zealand's strategies
Your project must achieve at least one of our Strategic outcomes, which are:
- High-quality New Zealand art is developed
- New Zealanders participate in the arts
- New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
- New Zealand arts gain international success
- New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient
What we don't fund
- Activities already funded by another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative. For instance, the Creative Communities Scheme.
- Activities another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support
- Purchase of capital items, renovating or buying buildings, or restoring marae
- Duplication of funding with other government agencies
- Projects, project phases or programmes of activity that have received support from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage via the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme (excluding Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund, the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme and the Grant for Self-Employed Individuals)
- Core education resources and activities that are part of the curriculum and course of study in New Zealand, including early learning, school, or further education
- Game design, fashion design and commercial design
- Some film and screen activity
- Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO), Territorial Local Authority (TLA) or Council Controlled Organisation (CCO)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 of 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
- Literature publishing subsidy template (for Literature publishing projects only)
- The template that is built into the Budget section of the application form
See Guidelines - Budgets.
Covid-19 contingency plan
Your application must include a Covid-19 contingency plan, attached as support material. For guidance on how to create a Covid-19 contingency plan, see our Guidelines - Covid-19 contingency plan
Toi Ake Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund assessment criteria
Your application is assessed by external peer assessors, who are Māori artists or practitioners with experience in Ngā toi Māori, using the following criteria.
Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:
- The artistic aims are clearly expressed.
- The idea is compelling.
- The artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.
Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:
- The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
- The budget is thorough and accurate and considers fair remuneration for practitioners.
- The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.
Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:
- The project delivers to the selected strategic outcome.
In addition to the above, applications will also be assessed on Mātauranga Māori indicators:
- Mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) is protected, cultivated and retained through the project.
- The distinctive arts and cultural practices of marae, hapū, iwi are fostered through the project.
- Mātauranga Māori is evident in the idea, practice and outcomes of the project.