Grants and funding

Creative Communities Scheme

This scheme supports and encourages local communities to participate in arts.

'The arts' are broadly defined as 'all forms of creative and interpretative expression'. 

What can be funded

An application can be from an individual or from a group. This is who the funding will be paid to if successful.

Individual applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

If you've previously received funding under this scheme, either as an individual or as a member of a group, you must complete a project report for the earlier project before we can consider further applications.

Projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.

Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.

Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

The project must:

  • have an arts or creative cultural focus
  • meet one or more of the three funding criteria
  • be completed within 12 months of funding approval
  • take place within or benefit communities within the city or district where the application is made
  • not have started before funding is approved; and
  • not have already received funding for the same purpose from Creative New Zealand.

This could include:

  • exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts
  • 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.

What cannot be funded

Funding is not available for:

  • 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
  • royalties.

When funding is available

Round closes Decisions announced

27 February 2015

Late April 2015 for projects commencing after 1 May 2015.

How to apply

Apply online. Applications close 5pm, 27 February 2015.

Please read the hints provided with each question to help you complete a strong application.

If you would like to organise a group of 10 or more people during the year, contact us and we will come out and conduct an information workshop for you.

Fund size

Individual grants will usually be between $250 and $2,000, though larger grants may be awarded, based on the creative engagement and community benefit and the budget information provided in the application.

Information for successful applicants

We will contact you by email to let you know the result of your application.

Successful applicants must use Auckland Council Creative Communities logo on promotional material and submit a project form online following the completion of their project.

Visit the Creative New Zealand website to download the black and white Auckland Council Creative Communities logo.

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