Fund your creative project with the Creative Communities Scheme.
For projects commencing after 1 May 2024, applications closed at noon on Friday 23 February 2024.
Last round we received 131 applications. We were only able to fund 21% of those applications with our current funding. If you miss out on funding or don’t receive the full amount you ask for, it may be that the round is again well over-subscribed, and we simply don’t have the money to fund all applications that we would like to.
Decisions for funding are made by a committee of people from the Christchurch area who are appointed for their knowledge and experience of the arts and local communities.
Some important pointers for your application that we have noticed have been missing from recent applications:
For assistance, please contact a Community Funding Adviser or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities.
You can be an individual or a group, but individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
The scheme supports a wide range of arts projects under the following art forms:
There is no limit to how much you can apply for, but most Creative Communities Scheme grants are under $5,000.
Ngā Toi Māori: We will cultivate opportunities to develop and present Ngā Toi Māori.
Audacious: We will be bold. We will take risks and foster a culture of innovation.
Inclusive: We will support a diversity of artistic traditions, practitioners and art forms, and ensure opportunities to participate are accessible.
Empowering: We will back local talent, value the old and the new, encourage and celebrate excellence.
Collaborative: We will seek to work collaboratively, support one another, communicate clearly and challenge respectfully.
If you have already received funding from the Creative Communities Scheme for a project, you must complete a report on that project before making another application, unless the project is still in progress.
To get funding through Creative Communities Scheme, your arts project must do at least one of the following:
Create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in local arts activities.
Support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities, for example:
Enable young people under 18 years to engage with, and participate in the arts, for example:
There is no limit to how much you can apply for, but most CCS grants are under $5,000.
Please be aware that all recipients of the Creative Communities Scheme are required to:
Future funding can be withheld if accountability requirements are not met.