Next funding deadline

10 February 2022

For: Scripted and Factual

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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.

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

The information below is for producers intending to make a funding application to the Scripted or Factual streams of the NZ Media Fund or Industry Development Fund for the April 2022 round.

Funding is also potentially available for Te Puna Kairangi / Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (TPK) projects that have submitted to the final round of this fund and are seeking ‘top up’ funding from NZ On Air.

Please note: NZ On Air is working closely with the screen production industry to understand the impacts of Covid-19. It is vital that any application you make can be delivered safely, under the relevant alert level restrictions. Please ensure you read our Responding To Covid-19 page before you submit a funding application.

Funding round priorities

April is the last round of the current financial year and with the majority of our pūtea already committed, this round is limited to the following specific initiatives:

  • Factual – only applications to the NZ On Air / Te Māngai Pāho Co-Fund are being considered in this round. Guidelines for the request for proposals can be seen here.
  • Scripted – only applications to the NZ On Air / Te Māngai Pāho Co-Fund are being considered in this round. Guidelines for the request for proposals can be seen here. The focus for scripted applications are for projects that meet the Newer Storytellers stream of our Scripted Roadmap.

A total of up to $6m will be available for the co-fund but both agencies reserve the right to allocate a greater or lesser amount of funding depending on the applications received.

Te Puna Kairangi / Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

To support a wider range of Scripted outcomes, funding is also potentially available for Te Puna Kairangi / Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (TPK) projects that have submitted to the final round of this fund and are seeking ‘top up’ funding from NZ On Air.

  • Up to $2m is available for projects that are strongly assessed by the TPK panel, and which meet NZ On Air’s usual funding requirements. The funding available from NZ On Air for each TPK project is up to a maximum of $999,000.
  • Applicants do not need to submit a separate application to NZ On Air to apply for this funding, you should indicate your intention to seek this funding in the finance plan of your application via the TPK portal.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Amie Mills to set up a time to speak to NZ On Air and NZ Film Commission staff about your intentions.

Development

Both Content (applications that have co-investment from a supporting platform and Diverse Development) and Industry development applications will be considered. Please see the Development Roadmap.

  • Diverse Development applications will be considered in this round, but it is likely that only a single application can be funded out of the remaining annual budget.
  • Factual development applications will only be accepted for projects that require significant research. There is limited pūtea remaining in the factual development budget and we encourage applications to have co-funding attached from a supporting platform.
  • Further information on Industry Development and Cultural Sector Capability Funding can be seen in paragraphs E and F in the full round information document.

Industry Development Fund

To this round we are accepting applications to all three strands of our Industry Development Fund: Professional Development, National Conferences and National Awards.

If you have a new IDF initiative, please discuss this with glenn@nzonair.govt.nz before applying. Please see our Development Roadmap for more information

Important dates

13 January 2022 - Funding round opens.

10 February 2022, 4pm - Application deadline. Round closes.

13 April 2022 - Decisions confirmed, applicants notified the following day. This date may be extended at NZ On Air’s sole discretion.

The decisions for applications to the NZ On Air / Te Māngai Pāho Co-Fund will be announced on 15 April.

You can read the full April round information document below.

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 RFPs please check the media release page here.

The final production funding round for Te Puna Kairangi will open on Monday, 6 December 2021 with a deadline of Tuesday, 22 February 2022.

If you are intending to apply to this Round please complete this simple Expression of Interest form to help assist assessors with resource planning.

Polly and Kay are happy to meet with all potential Applicants so please contact them on premiumfund@nzfilm.co.nz.

They are available until 23 December and again from Monday 17 January 2022.

Premium Production Fund Guidelines, Terms of Trade and Submission checklists available here.

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.

This guidance sets out NZ On Air’s approach to funding the production of podcasts.

With increasing interest in this content format, this policy is intended to help podcast producers determine whether to apply for production funding.

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

This document clarifies NZ On Air’s expectations around acceptable budget/line-items for funded projects. It should be read in conjunction with the advice given in our resources for producers, particularly the contract initiation form and the producers and cost reporting documents.

This document will be reviewed and updated regularly, so please do refer to it when preparing your application budgets.

NZ On Air tries to limit the number of rules we have around acceptable budget/line-items, as we accept that every project has its own unique situation. However there are some line items we will not accept within any funded budget. There are also some specific expectations around how certain line items should be treated.

NZ On Air’s role is to provide a production subsidy for content creation, not provide a means for commissioning platforms to defray content acquisition expenses.

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 individual assessors assess applications while considering the nine investment principles
  • 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 criteria we use to assess individual 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.