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Creatives in Schools


Round 2 applications

Applications for Round 2 will open in June 2020 and close in August 2020. We'll update this website with exact dates soon.

About Creatives in Schools

The Ministry of Education invites schools and kura throughout New Zealand to apply for funding to deliver a new creative project in partnership with a professional artist or creative practitioner.

Schools, kura, and creative(s) will apply and plan a project together. If your proposal is successful, schools and kura will work with the creative to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga, lasting from 8 to 20 weeks.

Schools and kura can either work with creatives from your community or select one or more creatives on the  Available creatives  page.

We encourage all creatives interested in participating in Creatives in Schools to complete an Expression of Interest with the Ministry, so that interested schools can find them on the Available creatives  page.

The creative learning experience will enhance the well-being of students and ākonga and develop their knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and practice. It will also raise their awareness of careers in the arts and creative sectors and benefit their preparedness for the future of work.

Round 1 update

Thirty-four projects have been funded in Round 1 of the Creatives in Schools programme , a new initiative partnering schools and kura with creatives. The Round 1 projects will be carried out in terms 1 and 2 of 2020. 


Funding will allow 304 projects to take place in New Zealand schools and kura from 2020 to 2023.

The table below shows the three available funding streams for a creative project.

Allowance per project Description
$10,000 Creative's 100 contact hours includes time with the students and ākonga and teachers and kaiako only. It does not include time spent on planning (with or without teachers and kaiako), preparation, induction, and training for the project.
Up to $4,000 Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura, covering planning and liaison with the creative, teacher and kaiako release time, and monitoring and reporting on the project.
Up to $3,000 Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura for project materials and (if applicable) travel costs.

Page last updated: 2 March 2020
Watch this space for future updates.

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