Creative NZ Emergency Response Plan Funding

14 Apr 2020 - 30 Jun 2020

Creative New Zealand’s governing body, the Arts Council, has empowered the national arts development agency to establish a multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.


We’re acutely aware of the hardship that COVID-19 has already caused and will continue to cause to the arts community. Our thoughts are with you and your whanau, as well as the other sectors, people and communities who are heavily affected. Right now, we’re working on a plan for how we can support the arts sector through these difficult times.


“We’re still developing our Emergency Response Package, and how we can deliver it within current constraints and the rapidly changing environment. We will provide more information on the criteria and application process as soon as possible, and ahead of the 14 April opening date,” Stephen Wainwright (Creative NZ CEO) says.


Creative New Zealand’s Emergency Response Package will initially have two components:


  1. 1. Resilience Grants for eligible artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations (non-investment clients) who we know are suffering, to help them recover, maintain and develop their practice in a completely changed environment. There are two opportunities:
      1. * Arts Continuity Grant (up to $50k), supporting the creation of new work or the reframing of an existing project in light of COVID-19, including creative and professional development, promotion and distribution (eg, supporting new ways of working).
        • * Emergency Relief Grant (up to $10k per individual), for eligible artists and arts practitioners, collectives and groups who we know may be experiencing devastating loss of income and opportunity and an uncertain future, and who have applied for the announced government support. More details to come – applications will need to include details of the impact of COVID-19 on their arts practice.

Creative New Zealand is planning quick application turnarounds and rolling weekly decisions for both the Arts Continuity Grant and Emergency Relief Grant, but will monitor this commitment and the rapidly changing environment.


  1. 2. Short-term Relief for Investment Clients – open to existing investment clients and on top of existing funding, with priority given to those materially negatively impacted by COVID-19, to help them stabilise their businesses and remain viable.

Investment clients are the 83 multi-year funded arts organisations in the Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes, employing between them many artists and arts practitioners (including technical specialists), and who may have had to cancel or defer programmes and carry the impact of incurred costs without the anticipated revenue.


Application assessment will take up to 20 working days, beginning as soon as the application is received. More details to come – applications will need to include a re-forecasted programme and budget.  


In the meantime, all artists, art practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations are encouraged to take advantage of the hardship support available through the Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Package (extended yesterday to provide cover for self-employed, charities and others). They should also check with any other funders to see what support they might be able to provide.


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