Creative Communities Funding
Council partners with Creative New Zealand to promote, support and increase participation in community arts and cultural activities in the Waipā district. Each year Creative New Zealand provides Creative Communities Scheme funding to Council to distribute.
There are two funding rounds a year. There is no maximum amount you can apply for, however grants usually range between $500 - $5,000.
The September 2023 funding round is now closed
The September 2023 funding round has now closed - Congratulations to all the successful applications.
Check out the application guide before you start your application - this includes an overview of the process and all the information you need in preparation for applications to the next funding round - Opening 1 March 2024.
If you are applying for the first time, we highly recommend touching base, it’s a great idea to chat about your project with us before you put your application together.
This years funding rounds (along with the usual funding allocations) there is extra funding available to support established festivals through a one-off funding boost from Government. This is to support established festivals that celebrate the life experiences, stories, cultures and regional identities of New Zealanders, that continue to be impacted by the effects of COVID-19 in 2023.
To be eligible for funding through CCS your arts project must support at least one of the following: Access and participation, diversity and young people. You can view full details of the criteria here.
To be eligible for funding through the CCS Festival Fund, your festival must have been delivered at least once in the previous five years (this may include digital presentation). Please make sure you include evidence of previous delivery in your application. You can view full details of the criteria here.
Any group, organisation or individual that can meet the grant criteria can apply for funding. However, grants are not for individual gain. The Creative Communities Scheme grants are allocated by an assessment committee made up of members of the community with interest and knowledge of the arts.
If you have a question about your project's eligibility, or would like advice on your draft application before you submit it, Creative Waikato is a great place to start:
Phone: 0508 427 892
Alternatively, you can get in touch with us at Gina.Scott@waipadc.govt.nz, with ‘Creative Communities Scheme’ in the subject line and we'll respond as soon as we can, or check out the video below!
If you have previously received a grant, please ensure your organisation has completed and submitted the Project Report form below. The form needs to be returned within two months after the project/event is completed. This is a requirement before future funding will be considered.
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Individuals or groups can apply for CCS funding and must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
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 artforms - everything from murals and music workshops to film festivals and pottery exhibitions.
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.
No, we welcome applicants from all around Aotearoa - the arts project or event just needs to be held in Waipā.
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.
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
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.
We have two funding rounds each year. 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.