Apply for Funding 

We recommend contacting who it is you are applying to before putting in an application. This way you can talk to someone about what the criteria is and introduce yourself to the funding body.

Creative New Zealand is one of the main funding bodies in Aotearoa. You can contact their funding services team on 0800 273 284 or email funding@creativenz.govt.nz

  • Through CNZ you can apply for an Arts Grant between $5000 and $75,000 if you have success* and a proven track record in your artististic field.

  • CNZ funds a diverse range of projects and artforms, such as Community Arts, Craft / Art Object, Dance, Interarts, Literature, Music, Multidisciplinary Arts, Ngā Toi Māori, Pacific Arts, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

*Creative New Zealand offers funding for a wide range of art forms. For a visual artist, success means at least one public exhibition of a body of work that achieved a degree of critical or sales success. This can be a solo show or as part of a group exhibition, but not as part of a course of study. CNZ’s criteria of success is different for each type of art form that it supports.

Find out more about CNZ funding here:


 Guidelines for 
 Funding Applications 

There are criteria for all types of funding.

Make sure to read over each criteria carefully when making an application. With Creative New Zealand, for example, you only need to achieve one of their strategic outcomes.


01 /

High quality
NZ art is

02 /

in the arts

03 /

quality arts

04 /

NZ arts gain

05 /

NZ’s arts
sector is

These guidelines are the same whether you are applying for funding as an individual, group, or an organisation.

You can find out more about these here:


 Where to Apply 
 for Funding 

Arts Access Aotearoa  ︎

Asia NZ Foundation  ︎

Auckland Council  ︎

Boosted New Zealand  ︎

Central Otago Arts  ︎

Creative Bay of Plenty  ︎

Creative New Zealand  ︎ ︎

Creative Waikato  ︎

Dunedin City Council  ︎

Ministry of Culture & Heritage  ︎

Ministry of Education  ︎

New Zealand on Air  ︎

University of Otago  ︎

Waikato District Council  ︎


We are a community of makers for makers jointly advocating for the arts through grassroots platforms to voice shared concerns. He waka eke noa!