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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.

Update on Round 4

Funding applications for Round 4 are now closed. Thank you to the kura and schools who’ve submitted their applications.


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

What happens next

Applications will be reviewed by an assessment panel.

The team may be in touch if they need clarification on your application. Keep the creative(s) informed about the application submission and any correspondence with the Ministry of Education.

To find out more on what happens after you’ve applied, click below.

Results announcement

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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