Each local council must make sure that there are at least two and not more than four CCS funding rounds each year. This includes any funding rounds administered by third parties.
As an exception, Creative New Zealand may allow councils in areas with very small CCS allocations to hold just a single round in each year. This needs to be agreed to in writing.
It is up to your council to determine the closing dates of the funding rounds, however no funding round should be later than 15 May to allow for all reports to be submitted to Creative New Zealand by 20 June. If you select a closing date between 1 May and 15 May you need to be confident that you will be able to submit your reports by 20 June.
We recommend that the closing dates are spread evenly across the year.
You may wish to align your closing dates with neighbouring councils if there is a significant overlap of arts activity and audiences.
Timing of grants to successful applicants
You should pay out each CCS grant as soon as possible after the decision on the application has been made.