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Creatives in schools

The Creatives in Schools programme is an opportunity for schools to work with creative professionals to deliver inspiring learning experiences for ākonga and students. It provides funding of up to $17,000 per project.

Apply for Round 4

Funding applications for Round 4 are now open and close on 21 August 2022 at 11:59pm for projects taking place in 2023. Schools must partner with their chosen creative to make a joint proposal (application). Schools and kura can either engage with local creatives they already know, or find them on the Available creatives page.

If you’re ready to submit your application, click on this link to begin the process.

Don’t know where to start?

Click below to find information and tips to help you work on your application ahead of and during the opening round.

Planning and application guide


If you need support with your application, please email our Creatives in Schools regional coordinators cisregionalsupport@core-ed.ac.nz

For questions about the programme, email creativesinschools@education.govt.nz

About the programme

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.

Schools, kura, and creative(s) work together to plan a project and then submit a joint application. If your application is successful, schools and kura will work with the creative to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga. The project must run for between 8 and 20 weeks.

The Creatives in Schools learning experiences enhance students’ wellbeing; improves their core competencies in communication, collaboration and creative thinking; and inspires their awareness of careers in the arts and creative sectors.

Creatives in Schools supports Years 1–13 including students with learning support needs and from a refugee background.

Updates on previous rounds

You can find updates on the previous rounds here:

Round 3 successful projects

Round 2 successful projects

Round 1 successful projects

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