Creative Communities Scheme information and updates - December
Kia ora koutou,
Here is your final newsletter for 2016!
Our thoughts are with Bridget (Kaikoura), Maree (Hurunui),Lyne (Marlborough) and CCS administrators in other earthquake-affected areas as they work alongside their colleagues to help rebuild their communities. We know from the Canterbury quakes what an important role the arts can play in rebuilding the infrastructure of the heart (see this trailer for Art of Recovery) and hope we are able to support some heart-strengthening arts projects in these districts over the coming year.
Updating your assessment committee
Following local body elections many of you will be finding new people for your assessment committees. Refreshing the CCS committee is important as it brings new knowledge and local connections into CCS and helps build capacity across the arts sector in your district.
For more information on finding and supporting new assessment committee members see your CCS Administrators Guide.
Submitting all Grants Tracking Tools by 15 December
If you have a Grants Tracking Tool report due before 31 December can you please have this to us by 15 December so it can be processed in time.
Applications from groups that are operating nationally
You may receive applications from groups offering workshops or performances nationally, eg Connected Media, Toro Pikopiko Puppets. Applicants do not have to be based in your district or city however groups/organisations do have to be New Zealand-based and individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
These visiting groups can sometimes offer your community important skills or new experiences that might not otherwise be available, however they can also sometimes be well written applications that may not be well matched to your community. Check the FAQs for some questions your committee might consider to help the decision-making.
Sharing applications and project completion reports
We are developing some mock, high quality applications/project completion reports for you to share with potential and successful applicants. The aim is to give applicants a better understanding of what information is useful to include for different project types. Before we draft these we would like to view a collection of quality applications/project completion reports so the mocks reflect actual practice. Please email us a couple of applications/reports that your committee felt were of high quality. Note that we will not directly use these as examples but just as a guide for our information.
The Administrators Guide states that local council projects are not eligible for support via the Scheme. Questions often come up about what is meant by ‘local council projects’. A local council project means any project developed and run by a council or which is part of the ongoing or core business of a subsidiary of a local council. These subsidiaries may include a library, an art gallery, a museum, a performing arts venue, an economic development agency.
You can find more information and some example projects in the FAQs on the CCS Administrators Hub
Applications for local histories
We have had a few questions about local histories recently. Local history projects are eligible but may not deliver strongly to any of the three CCS funding criteria. However there is funding available for historical research and oral histories via the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. More detail can be found here.
Funding film projects
We have also had some queries regarding film festivals. Film festivals are not eligible for support however projects which involve artists or groups creating films are eligible. Film includes animation, dance film, documentary film, experimental film, feature film, short film, and moving-image art projects and sits under the ‘multi-disciplinary’ artform category. You can read more detail about artform categories in the Administrators (and Assessors) Guide glossary.
A reminder about websites
A quick scan of council websites shows that there are still a few that have out-of-date documents or information. Please take a moment to review your website using the guidelines about website information on the CCS Administrators Hub.
In particular please make sure that:
- the Creative Communities Scheme is easily found on your website
- the application forms and guides are current (cross check these with what is available on the Hub)
- old documents (ie any that have orange branding) have been removed
- the scheme is referred to as the Creative Communities Scheme (rather than Creative Communities Funding, Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme, etc).
Resources and support
Developing arts and cultural plans
Your council will soon be going into the process of developing its Long Term Plans. Many councils will want to include arts and cultural activity in their LTPs and to develop arts and cultural plans that link to the LTPs. The Melbourne-based Cultural Development Network has some excellent resources to support this process.
Resources for finding and supporting new assessors
We have developed some resources to help you find and support new assessors. These include a poster/flyer to help with your recruitment drive and a powerpoint that covers the information contained in the Assessors Guide. We have also updated the Assessors Nomination Form to include a section where nominees can note their relevant experience/knowledge/skills. You can find these resources on the Hub.
Resources for your arts community
The Big Idea is New Zealand’s online hub for creative people and provides resources for the whole creative sector. The site includes work opportunities, event listings, arts stories and creative inspiration.
News and best practice