Looking for cash to bring your creative project to life?
Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to city and district councils for distribution in their area. The Creative Communities Scheme aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.
For all you need to know about the scheme, check out the Application Guide.
Personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects
Promotion and publicity of arts activities.
It is important to us that the people delivering the creative activity are appropriately paid for their time and expertise.
What costs cannot get funding?
You cannot get money for:
Ongoing administration or personnel costs that are not related to the specific project
Costs for projects already started or completed
Travel costs to attend performances or exhibitions in other areas
Buying equipment, such as computers, cameras, musical instruments, costumes, lights or uniforms
Entry fees for competitions, contests and exams
Prize money, awards and judges’ fees for competitions
The purchase of artworks for collections
The costs of running fundraising activity
Debt or interest on debt
How much money can I apply for?
There is no limit to how much you can apply for. The average Hamilton CCS grant is around $2000, and a larger grant is around $5000.
How are funding decisions made?
Your application will go to an assessment committee made up of Kirikiriroa locals with knowledge and experience of our local creative sector.
When do we receive the funds if the application is successful?
If your application is successful, you will receive your funds as soon as possible after we have notified you, providing you have supplied your bank details. If you are GST registered, we’ll pay you once you’ve emailed through your tax invoice
How many times can we apply for funding a year?
We have two funding rounds each year — in February and August. You can make as many applications as you like as long as each application is for a different project. If you have already received funding from CCS for a project, you must complete your report on that project before submitting another application, unless the project is still in progress.