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Creatives in schools

Round 3

Round 3 projects have been finalised and all successful and unsuccessful schools were informed about the outcome of their applications via email on 29 November 2021. We used a robust selection process and chose 180 schools/kura for Round 3. The names of the successful schools and kura will be published on Arts Online after the contracts are finalised.

Applications for Round 4 will open in June 2022 and close in August 2022 for the projects to take place in 2023. Please watch this space for updates.

Round 3 is the first time that the Ministry of Education has used the Salesforce online application portal as the main way for schools and kura to submit their application. We have created an explainer video (viewable on the Submitting a joint proposal page) on how to apply through the online application portal, along with a second video outlining tips for creating an effective joint proposal (viewable on the Tips for creating a good joint proposal page)

Submit your application

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

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) work together to plan a project and then submit a joint application. If your proposal 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 raises their awareness of careers in the arts and creative sectors.

Schools and kura can either work with creatives from their 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.

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

Programme Outcomes

Projects supported through Creatives in Schools must deliver outcomes for students/ākonga, teachers/kaiako, family/whānau and creative practitioners.

Outcomes for students

As a result of participating in the project, students will:

  • have their mental wellbeing supported through
    • the opportunity to express themselves creatively
    • a sense of personal achievement and fulfilment from the creative experience
  • develop key competencies such as thinking; using language, symbols and texts; managing self; relating to others; manaakitanga; tuakiritanga; whakaute; and participating and contributing
  • be better informed and engaged with career opportunities and pathways in the arts and creative industries. 

Outcomes for teachers, kaiako, schools, and kura

As a result of participating in the project, teachers, kaiako, schools, and kura will:

  • be more confident in designing teaching and learning projects that engage students’ creativity across the learning areas of the curriculum
  • build or strengthen productive partnerships with parents, whānau, and communities.

Outcomes for parents and whānau

As a result of the project, parents and whānau will:

  • have opportunities for active participation and planning in students’ creative learning experiences
  • become more supportive of creative pathways for students.

Outcomes for artists and creative practitioners

As a result of participating in the project, artists and creative practitioners will:

  • develop personally and professionally as creative practitioners by engaging with students, teachers, parents, families, and whānau
  • have a more sustainable portfolio career that rewards their specialist creative expertise.

Round 1 Update

Thirty-four projects were funded in Round 1 of the Creatives in Schools programme, out of which 31 projects have finished. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, schools and kura had the option to extend their projects until the end of Term 2, 2021. Details of the Round 1 successful projects can be found on our website .

Evaluation of the Round 1 project is now complete. The evaluation found that Creatives in Schools makes a worthwhile and valuable contribution to sharing knowledge and offering creative practices in schools. It has made an early difference to the students and ākonga, teachers and kaiako, creative practitioners, and parents and whānau involved.

Round 2 Update

A total of 143 schools and kura were selected for Round 2 of the Creatives in Schools programme. Of the Round 2 projects, 10 are from kura and one is from a New Zealand Sign Language school. They will start implementing their projects this year.

Details of the Round 2 successful projects can be found on our website .


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 There is a $10,000 fixed fee to cover the work undertaken by the creative practitioner/s. This fee includes 100 hours of contact time with students, plus planning, travel, and other time spent on the delivery and wrap-up of the project. Where more than one creative practitioner is involved in a project, this fee can be split between the creatives. However, the number of creative/student contact hours should still total 100. For example, two creatives delivering 50 contact hours each will total 100 creative/student hours.
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.

Creatives in Schools schedule

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

Calendar year

Terms 1–4

2020 2021 2022  2023
Expected number of projects





117 216
Round 1 2 3 4

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For schools, kura and creatives

Submitting a joint proposal

Available creatives


Case studies

Tips for creating a good joint proposal

Project proposal checklist

Page last updated: 17 June 2021

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