Creative Communities Scheme information and updates - February
Kia ora koutou,
Happy New Year and we hope you are still basking in the summer glow!
This newsletter contains important information about administering the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) and useful resources for developing the arts in your city or district. Please take some time to read it and forward it to your CCS assessors. We also welcome your feedback on the content.
You can find past issues of the CCS newsletter on the CCS Administrators Hub.
Upcoming funding rounds and support
Many of you have funding rounds that are about to close. If you have any questions about eligibility criteria and you can’t find the answer in your CCS Administrators Guide or in the FAQs please contact us.
If you are one of the 40% of new CCS administrators we can provide training. These range from an informal half-hour chat to a longer, more methodical step through CCS’s processes and responsibilities. We do this by phone but we can also discuss face-to-face meetings with administrators and assessment committees or regional hui.
Unspent funds and promoting the scheme
A scan of Grants Tracking Tool reports from 2016 show that some councils have a high percentage of their funds unspent. While less than last year we ideally want no funds coming back to us. We can only roll over 15% of your annual allocation to the 2017/18 financial year – the rest must be returned to Creative New Zealand. If you are not receiving enough quality applications have a look at the section in your CCS Administrators Guide on how to promote the scheme.
The second installment for your annual CCS allocation will be paid by the end of February. If you have any queries please let us know. You do not need to send us an invoice as these are generated by us and forwarded to your accounts manager.
Sharing your CCS success stories
If you have tried things that have worked well, eg ways of working with your assessment committee, bringing groups in to speak to your committees, ways of running your meetings or promoting CCS and getting new applicants, please let us know. We want to share these tips with other administrators and assessment committees. Send Briar a short email and we can give you a 10 minute call to find out more.
Resources and support
Community Arts Toolkit – coming soon!
Over the coming six months we will be developing an online Community Arts Toolkit and we need your help to create it. On this tool we will have information and resources to support quality community arts projects. These will include:
- examples of high quality projects
- links to good resources for project management, financial management, fundraising, promoting workshops, performances and events
- links to community arts networks
- advocacy information about the value of community arts.
If you have good examples of high quality projects or useful resources you point your local artists or groups to please email us with the details. By sharing information we can keep growing the arts across the country.
Many assessment committees will have new members in this round. Please send your assessors copies of the CCS Assessors Guide. If they want a hard copy you can print from this page. You may also want to bring your assessors together for a training session and there is a powerpoint that you can use in the Resources section of the Hub.
Developing an arts and culture plan? We can help.
Is your council developing an arts and culture plan/strategy or policy? There are good resources on Australia’s Cultural Development Network and Creative New Zealand can also provide feedback on draft plans or strategies and often makes formal submissions on Annual Plans. Please let us know if you would like us to do this. You or your policy staff may also be interested in tapping into some of the statistics and case-studies in our Advocacy Toolkit.
Do you need more CCS Brochures?
Let us know how many brochures you think you will need over the next 12 months.