Projects and costs that can’t be funded

Types of projects that can’t be funded under the Creative Communities Scheme include:

  • Projects without an arts focus, eg:

  • puzzles, upholstery, magic, model-making, commercial design, commercial fashion design, film festivals, fitness-based dance (such as aerobics or gymnastics), and martial arts (such as tai chi or karate

  • Film festivals presenting films made outside the local area

  • Fundraising activities eg benefit concerts to raise funds to buy a capital item or to pay for another activity

  • Projects within the scope of other sectors or organisations, eg:

  • arts projects in schools or other educational institutions that are the core business of that institution or are normally funded through curriculum or operating budgets (see section below: CCS and schools)

  • projects that mainly deliver outcomes for other sectors, eg health, heritage or the environment

  •  Council projects – which are any projects  developed and run by a council or a subsidiary, The latter  includes council controlled organisations (CCOs), libraries, art galleries, museums, performing arts venues, economic development agencies and/or bodies that are 50% or more controlled by a council or group of councils.  

This criteria does not prevent a local arts group from applying for a project that will use facilities owned and/or operated by a council or its subsidiary. However, an application can only be for the direct project costs of the applicant such as:

materials for arts activities or programmes

venue and equipment hire (including council owned or council controlled venues)

personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects

This criteria does not prevent a council or council subsidiary from applying to Creative New Zealand for funding via our other funding programmes or initiatives.

A body, eg trust or foundation which has been established to deliver outcomes for a council or its subsidiary is not eligible to apply

  • promotion and publicity of arts activities.

  • facilities, eg: projects to develop galleries, marae, theatres and other venues - including the costs of fixed items, whiteware, floor coverings, furnishings, gallery and theatre lights, stage curtains or building restoration

  • CCS funding is available for new artworks as part of marae projects such as tukutuku, whakairo, whāriki and kōwhaiwhai – however, applications for funding for marae facilities or restoration projects should be made to the Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities fund, which is administered by the Lottery Grants Board.