Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) Funding – Hamilton City

Creative Waikato administers CCS funding on behalf of Hamilton City Council. All applications must be made online using the Hamilton City Council Smartygrants tool. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

If you are applying to this fund for the first time it is recommended that you discuss your project with our Funding and Development Advisor prior to applying.

One-on-one appointments are available. Please contact us to arrange a time. Email: adrienne@creativewaikato.co.nz or phone 027 427 8924.

The next CCS funding round opens Monday 19 July 2021. Closes 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021 (project must start on or after 11 October 2021).


Before You Start

Before you prepare your application you should read the Creative Communities Scheme Application Guide (Download the CCS Brochure in English or Maori. Other languages are available - please contact us).

This guide tells you:

  • whether you are able to apply for Creative Communities Scheme funding for your project
  • which projects and costs are eligible and ineligible
  • what information you will need to include in your application

Successful applicants

We fund all sort of projects from a wide variety of artforms - from murals and music workshops to film festivals and pottery exhibitions.

Check out past successful applicants from our February 2021 and August 2020 funding rounds.


This SmartyGrants funding management tool has been developed by Our Community through its best practice grants management division, the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM). All forms meet the web content accessibility guidelines version 2.0 published by the World Wide Web Consortium meaning they are accessible to people using screen readers and other adaptive technology. Any data submitted as part of a Hamilton City Council/Creative Waikato funding application is only available to Hamilton City Council and Creative Waikato. It is a cloud based tool that meets all requirements for information security and privacy.

Hamilton City CCS

Funding round opens Monday 19 July 2021. Closes 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021.

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Publicity logos for Successful Applicants