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Creative Waikato administers the Creative Communities Scheme on behalf of South Waikato District Council.

About South Waikato District Council’s
CCS Round

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.

South Waikato District Council and Creative Waikato are working together to ensure that creatives around the district have the support they need by Creative Waikato administering this fund on behalf of the council.

Key Dates

Below are the key dates for this funding round:

  • Monday 29 April 2024

    Applications open at 9am

  • Wednesday 29 May 2024

    Applications close at 5pm

  • Friday 14 June 2024

    Earliest starting date for your project

To Help

We always recommend contacting us if this is your first time applying for the Creative Communities Scheme. This allows us to understand your project and give you advise on how to pitch your application for the best possible chance.

Creative New Zealand have also provided resources to guide you so we recommend, before applying, read the application guide below.

Creative Communities Scheme Application Guide

How To

Applying to the South Waikato District Council Creative Communities Scheme fund is simple.

Download the application form below, fill it in and return to us at: adrienne@creativewaikato.co.nz before 5pm on Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Download Application Form Here

Please note this application form is a Microsoft Word document. It can be uploaded into various software including Google so don’t worry if you don’t have a Microsoft account.


Needing a helping hand with writing an application? Creative Waikato will be in South Waikato delivering some workshops to help you learn what kind of projects are funded and how to increase your chances of getting a successful application.

Below are the dates of the workshops:

  • Tuesday 7 May – 5.30-7pm

    Impact Hub, Tokoroa

  • Wednesday 15 May – 5.30-7pm

    The Plaza, Putāruru

Book your spot here

Frequently Asked

When does the next funding round open?

The next funding round opens:

  • Monday 29 April 2024 at 9am. Closes 5pm Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Who can apply for funding?

Individuals or groups can apply for CCS funding and must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Do I need to be a South Waikato resident to apply?
Does my group need to be based in South Waikato?

Not at all. We welcome applicants from all around Aotearoa — the arts project or event just needs to be held in the South Waikato district.

What kind of projects do you fund?

The project needs to have creative outcomes. We are looking for projects where people can directly participate in or experience creative activity.

We fund all sorts of projects from a wide range of art forms — everything from murals and music workshops to film festivals and pottery exhibitions.

What sort of projects don’t you fund?

You cannot apply for CCS funding for:

  • Projects without an arts focus
  • Projects within the scope of other sectors or organisations
  • Projects that mainly deliver outcomes for other sectors
  • Projects to develop facilities.

Check out the Creative Communities Scheme Application Guide for more information.

What costs can I get funding for?

You can get money for:

  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Venue or equipment hire
  • 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
  • Royalties
  • 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 however most CCS grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.

How are funding decisions made?

Your application will go to an assessment committee made up of South Waikato locals with knowledge and experience of the 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.

If you have any questions or would like support with your application, contact us and one of our team will be in touch.