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For schools and kura

Round 3 applications 

Applications for Round 3 will open in June 2021. Projects will be funded for implementation in 2022.

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 and ākonga.

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

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 and 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 three years.

Note that:

  • from 2021 there will be one funding round per calendar year (covering January to December)
  • schools or kura may choose to start their project at any point throughout each year
  • there is an expansion in this initiative due to COVID-19 situation. With new funding from the 2020 Budget, there is an increase in the total number of projects from 304 to 510 projects from 2020 to 2023.
Calendar year terms 1–4 2020 2021 2022 2023
Expected number of projects 34 funded 143 117 216
Round 1 2 3 4

Submitting a proposal

You can 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.

Note: You must attach a completed budget, timeline, and CV/biography of your creative(s) to your joint proposal. We also recommend that you use the  checklist  and  tip sheet  to help complete your proposal.

Templates and forms

Download the following templates to complete and attach with your joint proposal:

These two documents will also be helpful to you:

Use this application form  to submit your joint proposal.

Police vetting

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 if it is listed there. 

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.

Induction of successful schools

All successful schools will be provided with an induction pack which will guide you through your Creatives in Schools project.

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

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For Creatives

Available Creatives


Case Studies

Tip Sheet for Creating a Strong Joint Proposal

Checklist for Submitting a Joint Proposal

Page last updated: 5 March 2021
Watch this space for future updates.

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