Next funding deadline

9 August 2018

For: Scripted and Factual applications for Targeted audiences & NZ Music Project applications.

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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.

We also publish information before each funding round so applicants know what we are looking for.

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

Information for those wanting to make an application to the October Scripted and Factual funding round can be found below.

October funding round priorities

The October round is for production applications intended to reflect and/or appeal to targeted audiences.

General production applications will not be considered.


Because of constrained funding available and the high number of projects currently in development we are not accepting proposals for new development projects for the October round.

Factual genres for this round include Children’s, Documentary, Information, and Events for targeted audiences
Scripted genres for this round include Children’s, Drama and Comedy for targeted audiences
Timeline

25 July 2018, 9am - Funding round opens.

9 August 2018 - 4pm - Application deadline.

  • 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. But we won't be generous.

1 October 2018 - Applicants notified.

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

Previous round

Applications for the July round are now closed.

Decisions from the July round will be notified after the 18th of July.

July funding round priorities

The July round is for applications to the Factual and Scripted funding streams intended for a general audience.

Applications for projects intended for targeted audiences (with the exception of regional media) will not be considered.
Targeted audience proposals will be considered in the October round (deadline 9 August).

Factual genres that are prioritised for this round include Documentary, Information and Events.

NB:
Children's and Current Affairs projects will not be considered in this round.

In order to ensure funding is available to later funding rounds, the maximum level of Factual funding likely to be committed in July is up to $11m.

Scripted includes Drama and Comedy, either series or one-off.

NB:
Children's Scripted projects will not be considered this round.

NZ On Air has released a new Scripted Roadmap that provides broad information on our approach to allocating production funding for drama and comedy projects.

Timeline

11 May 2018 - 9am - Funding round opens.

31 May 2018 - 4pm - Application deadline.

  • 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. But we won't be generous.

19 July 2018 - Applicants notified.

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

July funding round priorities

This information is for producers intending to make a regional media application to the Factual stream of the NZ Media Fund in the July round.

Funding of $1.24m has been allocated to this content stream.
We expect that three or four different projects will supported with this funding.

NZ On Air recently engaged Dr Gavin Ellis to review the current provision of Regional Media content.

It is a recommended read for intending applicants and is available here.

Our expectations and priorities

We are seeking applications for the provision of regional audio/visual media to discrete regional locations around New Zealand.

We expect the proposed content will be civic journalism that supports our focus on the provision of public media.
(Civic journalism seeks to integrate journalism into the democratic process; it looks to not only inform the public but also works towards engaging citizens and creating public debate.)

This funding is not for local news that will be reported by other news sources.

We have a number of other requirements spelt out in the below resource such as:

  • The quality of the content
  • How it will be distributed

We expect that funded projects will deliver content to their region/s for a 12 month period from August/September 2018 to July/August 2019.
Successful applicants should not expect funding will be continued after July 2019.

Regional media funding round timeline

21 May 2018 - 9am - Funding round opens.

  • All applications must be made through the online application system. Applications not submitted online will not be accepted.

7 June 2018 - 4pm - Application deadline.

  • Late applications will not be considered.

19 July 2018 - Applicants notified.

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

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.

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.