Creative communities funding

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Creative communities funding

Gisborne district creative communitiesThe Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding for local community projects that encourage and increase arts participation.  Under the scheme, "arts" is defined as 'all forms of creative and interpretative expression'.

The amount of funding available to distribute in grants each year is $20,000.

Funding dates

Funding applications close the last Friday of February and July. 

Apply for funding - fill in an application form

To be successful, applications must show the proposed project meets one or more of the following criteria:-

  • Broad community involvement - the project creates opportunities for many people to participate in arts activities
  • Diversity - the project supports diverse arts and culture while promoting their uniqueness
  • Young people - the project encourages under 18-year-olds to engage and actively participate in the arts.

Who can apply for funding?

An application can be from an individual or group.  Individual applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. 

Types of projects or activities

These are the types of projects or activities that could be funded:-

  • exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the artsCreative communities logo
  • activities that support the traditions and arts of ethnic communities
  • youth arts events
  • artist-led projects involving local communities
  • materials for arts activities or programmes
  • personnel costs for one-off, short-term projects
  • promotion and publicity of arts activities to communities

Projects or activities that cannot be funded

These include:

  • activities that are not arts-focused
  • activities that are the direct responsibility of schools or other education institutions
  • ongoing administration costs not related to a specific project
  • projects that are the core business of an organisation or service provider
  • retrospective project costs - for projects already started or completed
  • catering costs of an event
  • fundraising activities
  • travel for individuals or groups to attend events, presentations or shows
  • developing facilities, such as gallery and theatre lights, stage curtains or building restoration
  • buying capital items such as computers, cameras, musical instruments, costumes or uniforms 

Creative communities application forms and guidelines

Creative Communities application form [PDF, 422 KB]

Creative Communities application form [DOC, 859 KB]

Creative communities scheme guide for applicants (52kb)

Creative communities scheme glossary (303kb)

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