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Creatives in Schools

Round 2 applications

Extension of closing date for Round 2 applications

Due to the current changes in Alert Levels, we have extended the closing date of applications to 11.59pm Sunday, 20 September 2020.

Applications are open for up to 110 projects, for implementation at any time during terms 1 to 4 in 2021. Successful schools and kura will be confirmed by late November.

About Creatives in Schools

The Creatives in Schools programme is delivered by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatū Taonga and Creative New Zealand.

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. Due to the temporary closure of schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools and kura now have the option to extend their projects until the end of Term 4 2020.


Funding will allow 510 projects to take place in New Zealand schools and kura from 2020 to 2023.

Schools and creatives can jointly apply for up to $17,000 per project. The table below shows the funding allocation.

Allowance per project Description
$10,000 The creative's 100 contact hours cover time spent directly on the project with students and ākonga only. They do not include time spent on planning, preparation, induction, and training with teachers and kaiako. This time is covered by the overall creative fee of $10,000.
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.

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Available Creatives


Tip Sheet for Creating a Strong Joint Proposal

Checklist for Submitting a Joint Proposal

Page last updated: 24 June 2020
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