Eligibility requirements for the CCS

To be successful, applicants for funding under the Creative Communities Scheme must:

  • meet a number of eligibility requirements before their application can be considered by the CCS assessors (the local CCS administrator will check that the application meets these requirements before passing it on to the assessors)

  • show that the proposed project meets one or more of the scheme’s three funding criteria (access and participation; diversity; young people). When deciding whether to fund the proposal, the assessors will look carefully at whether and to what extent the proposal meets the selected criterion.

Before an application can be considered by an assessment committee, the CCS administrator must check that it meets all of the eligibility requirements.

The applicant

  • if the applicant is an individual they must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; if the application is from a group or organisation, they must be based in New Zealand

  • if the applicant has already received funding from CCS for another project, they must have completed a satisfactory Project Completion Report for the other project before they can make another application, unless the other project is still in progress.

The application form

  • the application must be on the standard application form provided by Creative New Zealand for the scheme

  • the declaration must be signed.

The proposed project or proposal

  • must have an arts[2] or creative cultural focus (see below)

  • must have identified one of the three funding criteria (see below)

  • must take place within the city or district where the application is made[2]

  • must not have begun before any CCS funding is approved[3]

  • must not already have been funded through Creative New Zealand’s other funding programmes

  • must be scheduled to be completed within 12 months after funding is approved.

The process the administrator should follow to check eligibility and deal with ineligible applications is explained in section 7 at page 18.


[1] See Glossary for definitions

[2] See Section 3 regarding joint support of projects within neighbouring districts

[3] Note that some aspects of a project may have already started but an applicant can request support for activity which has not already taken place, eg a community musical: rehearsals may have already started but the group may request support for the presentation costs, eg venue hire that have not already been incurred