NZ On Air warmly welcomes the news that Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage will provide a further $121 million in funding to support the COVID Arts and Culture recovery programme.
Read the full announcement from Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website here.
As part of this funding package, the Government has extended the Screen Production Recovery Fund (SPRF), which allows screen productions that meet eligibility criteria to claim some of the costs imposed by increased alert levels and is accessed through either the New Zealand Film Commission or NZ On Air.
The Screen Production Recovery Fund will be boosted by a new allocation of $15 million, with $7.9 million of this funding allocated to New Zealand Film Commission and $7.1 million allocated to NZ On Air.
The boost will enable an extension of the fund through to at least 31 January 2023, to maximise production activity and minimise the impacts of any COVID-19 outbreaks.
NZ On Air is currently reviewing the Screen Production Recovery Fund eligibility criteria in consultation with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, to align it with the COVID-19 Traffic Light System. We expect to announce any changes to these criteria in the next 2 - 3 weeks, please sign up for our newsletter to make sure you stay in the loop.
In the meantime, we are still accepting applications to the SPRF based on the current eligibility criteria. These funds are for productions funded through NZ On Air that have been shut down, delayed or constrained by COVID-19.
For more information about how to apply to the SPRF, please visit our Responding to COVID-19 webpage, or contact Glenn Usmar, Associate Head of Funding – Systems.