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Is there any other help I can get?
You may be eligible for the Creative NZ Emergency Relief Grant.
An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of
income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This
grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy
to align with Creative New Zealand’s policy to pay artists and arts
Who can get it?
You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and be
based in New Zealand, and:
• Arts organisations (which include collectives and groups) can
co-ordinate and submit applications on behalf of individual
members. Each individual must complete a separate
application form (including the declaration) and submit their
New Zealand bank account.
• You must have a track record of experience and success — this
means that as an artist or arts practitioner, including as part
of an arts organisation (including collectives and groups), you
- recognition from peers or experts
- specialised training or practical experience
- achieved a degree of critical or sales success.
You must have successfully applied to WINZ for the COVID-19
WINZ Wage Subsidy before receiving an Emergency Relief Grant
and must provide evidence of this (for example, a screenshot of
your bank account, showing your name, account number and the
You must show that your main source of income is derived from
arts practice. You can show this by supplying an artistic CV (include
links to your website or social media platform if you have one), in
addition to information about recent projects or activity.
You must declare if you have received or were expecting to receive
income or support from a Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata
organisation for the period 1 March and 30 June 2020.
You must declare if you are part of an application from a Toi Uru
Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata organisation to Creative New
Zealand’s Short-term Relief for investment clients. If you are unsure
if this applies to you, please check with the relevant organisation
before submitting your application.
How much is the Creative NZ Emergency Relief Grant?
This grant is basically a top up of the wage subsidy with a
maximum of $4,220.40 (plus GST) per person. When the Creative
NZ Emergency Grant is received it should be coded to GRANTS
RECEIVED and if you are GST registered, then it includes GST.
Grants Received are taxable income.
I think I will make a loss in the year ended 31 March 2021. Should I
still pay my provisional tax?
If you cannot afford to pay your provisional tax then don’t. The
Government is drafting legislation so that you can use your
2021 tax loss to reduce your income for 2020, and potentially
receive some of the provisional tax back that you have paid.
This legislation has not yet been finalized so no further details
are available at this stage but it is a good idea to talk to your
accountant about how this may work for you.
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