Grant Opportunities

Applications Open for Emergency Relief Grant 2020 – New Zealand

Applications Open for Emergency Relief Grant 2020 – New Zealand

Deadline: 18 June 2020

The Creative New Zealand Emergency Relief Fund is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organizations (including groups and collectives).

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An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy to ensure artists and arts practitioners receive $25 per hour for their lost income, aligning to Creative New Zealand’s policy for paying artists and arts practitioners fairly.

This grant offers short-term income relief to sustain careers for artists and arts practitioners:

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The Grants are offering a contribution towards loss of income as a result of COVID19, to “top up” the WINZ subsidy to bring this up to the sustainable wage that Creative New Zealand has stated as desirable through Sustainable Careers research.
The support is for wages only.
The total amount of support you may receive through this Emergency Relief Grant will be calculated at less the weekly amount you receive from WINZ.
The support can only be applied for once in the period to 30 June 2020.
The relief grant will be paid as one lump sum.
Funding Information

The total amount of support you may receive through this Emergency Relief Grant will be calculated at $25 per hour for either part-time or full-time work. Support will top up the amount you have received from the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy
Full time (20 hrs or more) – $351.70 per week, lump sum of $4,220.40
Part time (20 hrs or less) – $150 per week, lump sum $1,800
Eligibility Criteria

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You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and be based in New Zealand.
Arts organizations (which include collectives and groups) can co-ordinate and submit applications on behalf of individual members. Each individual must complete a separate application form (including the declaration) and submit their New Zealand bank account.
You must have a track record of experience and success — this means that as an artist or arts practitioner, including as part of an arts organization (including collectives and groups), you must have:
recognition from peers or experts
specialised training or practical experience
achieved a degree of critical or sales success.
You must have successfully applied to WINZ for the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy before receiving an Emergency Relief Grant and must provide evidence of this (for example, a screenshot of your bank account, showing your name, account number and the WINZ payment).
You must show that your main source of income is derived from arts practice. You can show this by supplying an artistic CV (include links to your website or social media platform if you have one), in addition to information about recent projects or activity.
You must declare if you have received or were expecting to receive income or support from a Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata organization for the period 1 March and 30 June 2020.
You must declare if you are part of an application from a Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata organization to Creative New Zealand’s Short-term Relief for investment clients. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please check with the relevant organization before submitting your application.
You can apply as an individual or on behalf of several individuals as a collective.
Who is not Funded?

Filmmakers, game designers, fashion and commercial designers
Applicants who are employed by Tertiary Education Organizations (TEO) or local authorities
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