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 in 2023

Applications for Creatives in Schools will open on Friday 16 June 2023 for projects that will take place in 2024. Applications close at 11:59pm Monday 21 August 2023.

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 for lead teachers and creative practitioner(s). 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:

Thursday 1 June 2023, 3:30 – 4:30pm 
Please register(external link)

Wednesday 21 June 2023, 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.



Further information

Creatives in Schools – Arts Online(external link)

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