Next funding deadline

30 May 2019

For: Scripted and Factual General 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.

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 either the July 2019 funding round, or for HEIHEI content funding. The deadline for both these funds is May 30th 2019.

July funding round priorities and timeline

July is the first round of the new financial year and we expect to receive a large number of applications. In response to feedback received from producers and platforms we intend to cap the Factual and Scripted funding committed in this round to ensure funds remain for later rounds.

Applications for projects intended for targeted audiences (with the exception of Regional Media) will not be considered – these will be considered in the September round (deadline 8 August).

Priorities for this round are:

  • Factual genres prioritised for this round include Documentary, Information, Events and Regional Media. Approximately $9m has been allocated for content intended for general audiences.
  • Development applications for complex factual projects that require significant research and that are co-funded by the supporting platform will be accepted in this round.
  • Scripted applications for two of the investment strands (Premier and Sustainable) of our Scripted Roadmap will be considered. Approximately $16m has been allocated for content intended for general audiences.
  • Development applications for both strands of content development (Mainstream and Diverse) will be considered. Please see the Development Roadmap.

Timeline:

1 May 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.

30 May 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. But we won’t be generous.

18 July 2019 - Applicants notified.

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

Information for HEIHEI Content funding applicants

This information is the first step for producers intending to make a HEIHEI content funding application for the September round. The two-stage process described below is for proposals for which HEIHEI is the only proposed platform.

  • A funding application for HEIHEI-only content (those with no other supporting platform) must first be submitted as a two-page pitch before 30 May.
  • You can only submit a full proposal for HEIHEI-only content if your two-page pitch is shortlisted.

2 April 2019, 9am

Funding round opens for two-page pitches. All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted.

30 May 2019, 4pm

Deadline for two-page pitches. Round closes. Late applications will not be considered.

27 June 2019

Shortlist of HEIHEI-only applications confirmed and all applicants notified. Successful applicants are invited to submit full proposals. This date may be extended at NZ On Air’s sole discretion.

8 August 2019, 4pm

Deadline for shortlisted HEIHEI applicants to submit full proposals. All applications must be made through NZ On Air’s online application system. Applications not submitted through this system will not be accepted.

25 September 2019

Decisions confirmed, shortlisted applicants notified the following day. 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.

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

Joint Innovation Fund - March 15th Commemorative RFP Information

NZ On Air and RNZ are seeking proposals for media projects that will commemorate the one year anniversary of the March 15 mosque terror attacks.

Up to $300,000 has been allocated towards creative content that will honour the victims and their families.

Projects will need to be fully delivered by March 1st 2020

Timeline:

13th June 2019 4pm

Deadline for 1 – 3 page(s) pitch submitted via the online application system

27th June 2019

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

18th July 2019 4pm

Deadline for full proposals submitted via the online application system

2nd August

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.