Grant Application Guidelines – OVERVIEW

Applications are open for submissions on Friday 12th April 2019.

The deadline is Sunday 26th May 2019, for projects that start after 7th July 2019.

Applicants will be notified of outcomes on or before 7th July.

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE GUIDELINES here: EAT Funding Guidelines 2019.pdf

EAT grants support emerging artists who are aiming to complete high quality projects in film, theatre and the visual arts in the Wellington region.

Emerging artists

  • An ‘emerging’ artist is at a pivotal stage in their career in regards to their development and learning processes — they are ready and willing to step up to the next level in terms of production values. This could also be people who are changing roles within the arts e.g. an established producer transitioning to directing.
  • EAT aims to enable emerging artists to gain experience and develop a body of work which might assist with attracting other sources of funding in the future. We want to contribute to our recipients’ progress towards sustainable careers.
  • It is acceptable for the emerging artist(s) to be working alongside more established practitioners. All participants should be listed in the application (Section A).

Wellington based

  • EAT funds projects that have a clear benefit to audiences and the arts ethos of the Wellington region (e.g. that the project is staged/filmed/exhibited in Wellington).
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove the project’s connection to Wellington.


  • Funding is project-based.
  • The application should propose an original project from which the emerging artist(s) will gain experience.
  • Only one application will be accepted per project.

Who can apply

  • The emerging artist(s) and their role(s) in the project must be identified in the application, although it is not necessarily the person who actually fills out the application that is the emerging artist.
  • The same individual/group can make separate applications for more than one project he/she/they are working on.
  • It is not necessary to have a long work history, tertiary training or industry experience to gain funding.
  • It is not necessary to be a legal entity such as a charitable trust or incorporated society — individuals and companies are invited to apply however applicants must have a legal right to work in NZ i.e. a current IRD number.

EAT prioritises

  • Project funding over personal professional development (such as the cost of attending workshops).
    • We want to support creative projects that are well planned and are achievable.

EAT does not fund

  • EAT does not fund student projects
  • EAT does not fund retrospectively
    • This means that EAT will not fund project components that take place within 6 weeks of the closing date (6 weeks from Sunday 26th May is 7th July)
    • This does not mean that the whole project must start after 7th July but the part of the project you would like to be funded by EAT must fall after 7th July
  • EAT funding cannot be used for awards
  • EAT funding cannot be used for further distribution to another organisation or individual.

Due Dates

  • Applications close on Sunday 26th May 2019.
  • EAT will not accept late applications or applications missing required documents.


  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of applications by 7th July 2019
  • Successful applicants will agree to the Funding Conditions

Application requirements:


Summary of information required:
  • 1-page CV’s (A4 typed) for all emerging artists involved in the project, including referees.
  • Project synopsis, 50 words or less
  • 1-page project description
  • Detailed budget
  • Quotes
  • Support material

Review the Funding Conditions and FAQs.

Use the online Application Form.

Have a quick look through a picture of the application form for Film
Have a quick look through a picture of the application form for Theatre and Visual Arts