Frequently asked questions

What does EAT funding cover?

EAT will consider funding any part of a film, theatre or visual arts project as long as the applicant/participants are deemed to be ‘emerging’ (see below), and are able to meet the stipulated criteria in the application guidelines. The applicant must demonstrate the need for this funding and ensure that the project will benefit the Wellington arts community (see below).

How does EAT define an ’emerging artist’?

Someone at an early and pivotal stage in their career with regard to their development and learning processes—an artist who is ready to step up to the next level in terms of production values. This could also apply to people who are changing roles within their discipline e.g. an established producer transitioning into directing.

Who can apply?

Individuals and companies are invited to apply however applicants and emerging artists listed must have a legal right to work in NZ, i.e. have a current IRD number.

How does EAT define ‘benefiting the Wellington arts community’?

EAT funds projects that have a clear benefit to audiences in the Wellington region e.g are performed or exhibited locally. In the case of film projects, it is the responsibility of the applicant to prove the project’s connection to Wellington e.g. the film may be shot in Wellington, may use local cast and crew etc.

What should I include in my project description?

This is a chance to explain the background, purpose and vision of your project (in a single A4 page). Also explain how the EAT grant would benefit your project.

How much money can I apply for?

The maximum any one project can receive:

  • Theatre:   $1000
  • Visual Arts:   $1000
  • Film:   $3000

It is important to note that you need to specify exactly how you would spend the grant.

Quotes need to accompany the application to support the budget supplied.

Can I apply to EAT for several projects I am working on?

Yes, but the limits (above) apply per project. Each project will be assessed on its own merits.

My project begins in June, can I apply for EAT funding?

EAT will not fund retrospectively. Because of this, EAT will not accept applications for projects that take place within 6 weeks of the closing date (six weeks after 26th May is 7th July 2019). This does not mean that the whole process must start after 7th July. Rather, the part of the project you would like to be funded by EAT must fall after this date.

Is it possible to make changes after acceptance of the grant if I/we get a grant?

No. However, if unforeseen, exceptional circumstances occur, you can discuss this with EAT.

Can I hand deliver or post my application?

No, we will only accept online applications.

If there are any barriers to completing applications online please contact us:

Sally Thorburn
027 432 8935


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