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For schools and kura

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.

As a school or kura, you will partner with a creative to plan a project and apply for funding for it. If your proposal is successful, you will then work with the creative to deliver the creative experience for students/ākonga.

You can select one or more creatives on the Available creatives  page. Alternatively, you are welcome to propose a project involving a creative from your community who has not yet contacted the Ministry. You will then also need to support the creative to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible.

Applications for projects starting in term 1 2020 must be submitted by Friday 1 November 2019. If you miss this deadline, you can submit a proposal for a project in the second half of 2020.

Selection criteria

To be accepted as a Creatives in Schools project, your proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear focus on improving the well-being of your students/ākonga
  • a strong focus on the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum or Ngā Uara me Ngā Waiaro of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • how the project supports local curriculum/marau ā kura planning and your programme for the arts/ngā toi learning area
  • your capability and capacity to ensure strong support for the project
  • how the project connects with and is valued by whānau and the community.

Creatives in Schools schedule

The table below shows the anticipated number of projects to be funded over the next four years. Note that:

  • 24 projects will be funded from January to June 2020
  • there are two funding rounds per calendar year (covering January to June and July to December)
  • schools or kura may start a project in terms 1, 2 or 3 each year
  • it is anticipated that, in total, 304 projects will be funded over four years up to 2023.
  January 2020 - June 2020 July 2020 - June 2021 July 2021 - June 2022 July 2022- June 2023
Expected number of projects 24 40 87 153
Rounds 1 2 & 3 4 & 5 6 & 7

Submitting a proposal

Use this form to submit a joint proposal developed with a creative for a Creatives in School project. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be informed if it has been successful or not.

Police vetting

Note that all professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a Police Vetting Check . As the school or kura leading the project, you must organise the check as part of your application process and provide the vetting report before the project commences. If the creative does not ‘pass’ the vetting, you must inform the Ministry of Education, who will remove the creative’s profile from Arts Online. 

Selection process

Your proposal will be reviewed by a selection panel with representatives from Creative New Zealand, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and the Ministry of Education.

For further information, contact CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz

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