Next funding deadline

16 January 2020

Limited to projects submitting to the Te Māngai Pāho Factual Co-Fund

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Before you apply

Before you apply here's some essential information that will help you understand how we invest in Scripted and Factual content.

Our core functions are set out in the 1989 Broadcasting Act.
In simple terms, we invest in quality, diverse and discoverable public media content.

Our four-yearly Statement of Intent and annual Statement of Performance Expectations explain our high level objectives and activities.

Our strategy for investing is set out in the NZ Media Fund and in our About- Our funding strategy section.
You can also read our approach to investment in Scripted content in our Scripted Roadmap here and in Factual content in the Factual Roadmap here. We have a separate Podcast Policy which explains our expectations of applications for funding of podcasts.

Before you apply please read the Round information and Guidelines, as well as further information on how to structure your application, how we will assess your application and information for commissioning platforms.

How to apply

To apply for funding you must first register as an applicant with our online application system.

Once you're registered you can manage your applications through your personal dashboard, nominate supporting platforms, and update your business information.

Any applications not submitted online will not be considered.

Please note: all material submitted to NZ On Air is covered by the Official Information Act.

Current round

This information is for producers intending to make a funding application to the Scripted or Factual streams of the NZ Media Fund for the December round.

This round closes 4pm October 17th, 2019.

December funding round priorities and timeline

The December round is for production applications intended to appeal to general audiences.

December funding round priorities

Factual:

  • Factual projects that deal with climate change. We have set aside approximately $1.5m to support one or two high-end documentary series that explore this pressing global issue from a New Zealand and/or Pacific perspective. Proposals that focus on youth response and action are encouraged.
  • Factual genres including Current Affairs, Documentary, Information and Events
  • Development for significant Factual projects with platform support.

Scripted:

  • Newer Storyteller comedy and drama projects with platform support - see paragraph 10.3 of our Scripted Roadmap for further details.
  • Development applications for existing Scripted projects with platform support that are applying for advanced development.

Timeline:

6 September 2019, 4pm - Funding round opens

All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted.

17 October 2019, 4pm - Application deadline.

Round closes. Late applications will not be considered. In exceptional circumstances, for time-sensitive projects agreed prior by the Head of Funding, we may consider an out of time application.

5 December 2019 - Applicants notified.

This date may be extended at NZ On Air's sole discretion

RFPs

From time to time we issue a request for proposals separate to a funding round. We currently have one open RFP.

For information on the funding details of our recently closed RFP's please check the media release page here.

Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air are joining forces to encourage compelling receptive Māori language content (20-30% Te Reo Māori) skilfully made to appeal to a general audience.

The intention is that a minimum of between 4-6 applications will be supported into production in Q1 2020. Each agency is looking to contribute up to $2m each to the joint fund.

Timeline

2 September 2019

RFP Published

2 October 2019, 5pm - Deadline

1 – 3 page(s) pitch submitted via Te Māngai Pāho’s online application system.

16 October 2019

Shortlist confirmed with shortlisted projects being invited to submit full proposals. Unsuccessful applicants also notified.

16 January 2020, 5pm

Deadline for full proposals submitted via the online application system

14 February 2020

Letters distributed advising of confirmation or decline

General guidelines

Overview

In an environment where there are more applications than available funding, we want to show you how to submit an application and how it will be assessed.

More specific information is published prior to each round about the applications we are seeking.

NZ On Air’s funding strategy is founded on core public media principles.

These include enriching the New Zealand cultural experience, improving diversity of media content in many forms, ensuring content is accessible, strengthening community life, and promoting informed debate.

The resource below walks you through:

  • Applying online
  • General expectations of production applications
  • Qualifying platforms
  • Business case expectations such as co-investment
  • The different levels of application requirements depending on the level of funding requested
  • Applying for development funding
  • How we assess proposals
  • The fine print.

Info for commissioning platforms

Overview

All applications to the NZ Media Fund must be able to confirm the platform where the content will appear.
This maximises the likelihood of funded content being completed and found by an audience.

NZ On Air’s funding strategy is founded on core public media principles.

These include enriching the New Zealand cultural experience, improving diversity of media content in many forms, ensuring content is accessible, strengthening community life, and promoting informed debate.

For more detail on the strategy which underpins the NZ Media Fund please read the Funding Strategy.

We also issue specific information for each round and guidelines to assist funding applicants.

The resource below walks you through what you will need to consider such as:

  • Your financial contribution to the budget
  • Free availability of the content
  • Confirming support for a project
  • Providing audience data
  • Fine print

Content development

Overview

Development funding is for researching or writing scripts or treatments.
We mostly contribute to drama; and occasionally to documentary development.

To extend the range of scripted drama and comedy development projects we now offer a pathway for a limited number of eligible projects to access first-stage development funding without the support of a platform.

To apply for development funding you must first register as an applicant with our online application system which you can do here.

Once you're registered you can manage your applications through your personal dashboard, nominate supporting platforms and update your business information.

Resources to apply

Overview

Your content proposal is your pitch where you describe and define the content you want to make, how and who will make it, and how you plan to reach your intended audience.

You do not need to follow this structure directly but you should address the aspects relevant to your application.

As a general rule, the higher the level of funding requested the more developed and detailed we will require your application to be.

That said, less is often best. Be clear and succinct - there are no prizes for applications with the most pages.

Make sure you refer to the round information that we will issue for each funding round.

The resource below walks you through what you will need to consider such as:

  • The quality of the idea
  • The platform your content will be on
  • How the content will be promoted
  • Budget
  • Measuring success
  • How the proposal meets NZ On Air's goals.

Overview

As there will be more applications than available funding, assessment stages are tiered so that ultimately the most work and resources are spent on the applications with the most likelihood of success.

We will assess proposals using the nine investment principles set out on page 11 of the NZ Media Fund.

These investment principles allow us to assess the business case for each application alongside the application’s cultural case and how it contributes to NZ On Air’s three funding goals:

  • Quality content: New Zealand audiences enjoy well-made local content that matters.
  • Diverse content: New Zealand audiences value local content made for a range of communities.
  • Discoverable content: New Zealand audiences can find and appreciate local content.

The resource below walks you through each step of the process. It covers:

  • Preliminary step - confirm eligibility
  • Stage 1 Assessment- groups of assessors use an assessment rating system
  • Stage 2 Assessment - funding recommendations are prepared
  • Stage 3 - Decisions by the Staff Investment Committee or the Board.

Overview

This funding assessment exemplar sets out the point system we use to assess applications.

Download the exemplar to see the criteria we will use to assess your application.

Funding decisions

We notify the producer and broadcaster/platform of funding decisions within 48 hours of the Board meeting.

A full list of decisions is included in our newsletter. We may also issue a media release.

Funding is confidential until we have announced it.

All funding decisions are also available through our funding decisions search.

Resources for funded projects

If your application is successful there are a number of steps you will need to take to receive your funding.

Check out the resources for producers page below to find all the information you'll need for the next step in the post-funding process.