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 outiside the local area.

    • Fundraising acitivities e.g benefit concerts to raise funds to buy a captial 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: Creative Communities Scheme and schools)

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

    • local 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
  • promotion and publicity of arts activities.

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.

  • 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.