Creatives in Schools

The Creatives in Schools programme is a wellbeing programme delivered by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatū Taonga and Creative New Zealand.

Apply for Round 4

Applications for Round 4 Creatives in Schools are now open for the projects to take place in 2023. Applications close at 11:59pm Sunday 21 August 2022.

Schools must partner with their chosen creative to make a joint application for this funding. Schools and kura can either engage local creatives they already knew or find them on the Available creatives page.

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

Don’t know where to start? Please click below to find information and tips to help you work on your application ahead of the opening round.

Planning and application guide(external link) 


If you need support with your application, please email our Creatives in Schools regional coordinators:

For questions about the programme, email

Webinars to support your application process

We have arranged two webinars on Tuesday 28 June and Wednesday 6 July, 3:30 - 4:30pm. Lead teachers and creative practitioner(s) can participate in these webinars. These webinars are to:
- Explain the application process
- Show you the resources available
- Answer any queries

These webinars will be conducted by the Ministry of Education and Creative in Schools support coordinators from CORE Education Ltd.

Please register your interest in one of the Zoom registrations links below:

Tuesday 28 June 3:30 – 4:30pm 
Please register(external link)

Wednesday 6 July 3:30 – 4:30pm
Please register(external link)

About Creatives in Schools

Creatives in Schools aims to provide creative learning experiences that enhance the wellbeing of students and ākonga and develop their knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and practice.

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 eight and 20 weeks. Creatives in Schools supports Years 1–13, including students with learning support needs and from a refugee background.

The Creatives in Schools learning experiences enhance students’ wellbeing, improves their core competencies in communication, collaboration and creative thinking, and inspires their interest and 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.

Available creatives – Arts Online(external link)

We encourage all creatives interested in participating in Creatives in Schools to complete an Expression of Interest so that interested schools can find them on the available creatives page.

Expression of interest form(external link)

Photo of girl doing woodcarving.

You can find updates on the previous rounds:

- Round 3 successful projects(external link)

- Round 2 successful projects(external link)

- Round 1 successful projects(external link)

Breakdown of funding

Schools and creatives can jointly apply for up to $17,000 per project. The table below shows the funding allocation.

Allowance per project Description


Total Remuneration for creative practitioner/s is $10,000. This will cover 100 contact hours (includes contact time with students and co-planning time with teachers. We expect min. 85 contact hours with students) and any additional time that the creative professional or professionals spend:

  • on their own planning and preparation;
  • applying for the project; or
  • participating in induction & training for the project.
  • final project report preparation

Where more than one creative practitioner is involved in the project this fee can be split between the creatives, however the number of creative/student contact hours should still total minimum 85. For example: two creatives delivering 50 contact hours each will total 100 creative/student hours with each creative receiving $5,000.

Up to $4,000

Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura, covering planning and liaison with the creative, teacher/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.

If your project exceeds the $17,000 allowance, it is assumed that your school will cover the amount.

Creatives in Schools schedule

Funding will allow more than 550 projects to take place in New Zealand schools and kura from 2020 to 2023. The table below shows the anticipated number of projects to be funded over the next four years.

Calendar Year Terms
(1 to 4)
2020 2021 2022 2023
Expected number of projects 34 funded 143 funded 180 Selected Up to 200
Round 1 2 3 4

How the programme works

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 eight and 20 weeks.

While the application is a joint one, the school or kura will be the ‘lead applicant’. This means that the school will submit the proposal and have overall responsibility for delivering the project.

How creatives will be involved

To participate in a Creatives in Schools project, you must be a practising professional artist or creative practitioner with a track record of experience and success. Alternatively, you can undertake a project in partnership with another creative with a strong track record.

A track record of experience and success means you have:

  • achieved recognition from peers or experts, OR
  • achieved a degree of critical success, OR
  • previously delivered a successful project with a school or kura, OR
  • undergone specialised training or have significant practical experience.

As a creative or group of creatives, there are two ways you can get involved.

  • If you already have a relationship with a school or kura, get in touch with them to see if they would like to put together a joint proposal with you. They will also help you with the expression of interest all creatives are required to submit.
  • If you don’t have a relationship with a school or kura, then you can submit an expression of interest. The information you provide will be made available to schools and kura as a brief, anonymous profile on the Arts Online website. A school or kura may then request your contact details from the Ministry of Education and get in touch with you to put together a joint proposal.

Expression of interest form(external link)

Search creatives – Arts Online(external link)

Police vetting

Note that all professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a Police Vetting Check. The school or kura you are working with will organise the check as part of the application process and ensure your police vetting is completed before the project commences. If you do not ‘pass’ the vetting, your profile will be removed from Arts Online (if you are selected from our website), and you won’t be able to participate in that project.

Information about vetting – New Zealand Police(external link)

Selection criteria of the application

Your joint application will be reviewed by an assessment panel with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Creative New Zealand, and independent creative practitioners.

To be accepted as a Creatives in Schools project, your application must deliver on the strategic outcomes and demonstrate:

  • a clear focus on improving the wellbeing 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.

Four strategic outcomes(external link)

Submitting a proposal

Applications for Creatives in Schools will be made through the online Salesforce application. You will need to get an Education Sector Logon (ESL) user account with the “Creatives School user” role to access the application form.

Apply for Creatives in Schools(external link)

Step-by-step guide video to submit your joint proposal(external link)

We highly recommend that you do not wait to submit your joint proposals on the closing date of applications. If you submit your application well before the closing date, we will be able to review your project documents and come back to you for additional information if needed. Please be mindful that if a joint proposal is submitted on the closing date and does not meet all requirements, it cannot be considered.


We have created example templates for a project timeline and budget to help you clearly understand the requirements. You must attach the completed budget template, timeline template, and artist CV/biography to your joint proposal. We also recommend that you review the checklist and tip sheet before completing your proposal.

Example templates

There are a limited number of applications that are selected per round, so using these tips, checklist and templates will help increase your chances of success.

Induction for successful schools

All successful schools are provided with an induction pack that guides through your Creatives in Schools project.

Further information

Creatives in Schools – Arts Online(external link)

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