Creative Communities Scheme administrator quarterly update
Results from 2016/17
Thanks to all the hard work by CCS administrators and assessors and, of course, the artists, groups and organisations that are creating and delivering projects, 2016/17 was a great year for the Creative Communities Scheme.
Highlights from the year
- A total 1,807 projects were supported and grants ranged in size from $40 to $15,000.
- There was a 5.9% increase in applications nationally, which suggests more people are getting to know about CCS.
- In Auckland more than 30% of projects funded were from first time applicants.
- Funded projects reached more than 200,000 participants and nearly 1.5 million audience members – that is a huge number of people reached by CCS and the work that you do.
- There is diversity in the communities reached with more than 63% of projects having a Māori, Pasifika, Asian, multicultural or other non-European cultural tradition.
- In the main centres CCS projects leveraged an additional $4.5 million in other funds and resources, making the CCS contribution to these projects just 20% of total revenue. This doesn’t include the huge amount of volunteer labour that communities put into these projects.
Annual Evaluation Reports, regional hui and 121 meetings shows that:
- Overall CCS administrators are satisfied or highly satisfied with the support provided by Creative New Zealand staff but administrators would like additional support in:
- promoting CCS
- attracting more quality applications and projects
- growing arts projects and organisations beyond the scope of CCS support
- Three councils noted difficulties with the CCS reporting processes and we will continue to work with those councils
- More than 30% of councils have had a change of administrator in the past year. However, handover from outgoing administrators is strong and the CCS Administrators Hub is proving to be a useful tool
- 59 of 67 CCS committees meet with requirements around their make-up. The remaining eight either having members that have exceeded the two, three-year terms or do not have members that are of Māori descent or have Māori arts knowledge. If you need support to update the composition of your committee please contact us.
Updating your CCS website
A scan of CCS websites show that many of these are not up-to-date. Here is a checklist to help you with this.
- The funding programme is correctly named, eg Gisborne Creative Communities Scheme is correct but the following are not: Creative Communities New Zealand Scheme, CNZ Creative Communities, Creative Communities NZ Local Funding.
- The funding round closing dates for the coming year are clearly displayed as well as the dates that projects must take place between.
- The correct application form is loaded onto the page (see CCS Hub for most up-to-date form and instructions).
- An up-to-date CCS Application Guide is loaded onto the webpage next to the application form
- All old forms eg Glossary and FAQs have been removed.
- Contact details for administrator are clearly displayed.
- The page can be easily reached by searching for Creative Communities Scheme on your website or on Google (along with your council name).
- Here is an example of a simple, but effective, Creative Communities Scheme webpage by Waipa District Council.
Training for CCS administrators and assessors
Are you new to CCS administration? Do you want a training session? Or perhaps you would like to host a collective hui for your region. Please contact Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org
A picture paints a thousand words
We are always looking for high quality images of CCS projects. These images (and brief stories) can be showcased on our website and Facebook page, in our upcoming Community Arts toolkit to help promote the great work of CCS.
When you receive your project completion reports please keep an eye out for high quality images or great CCS funded projects and pass them on to us. We can then contact the artists or groups for permission to use the stories and images.
Resources and templates
If you are looking for new CCS assessors you will find an updated Assessor Nomination Form on the Hub.
We have also uploaded a new Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Declaration template to the Hub. Thanks Mary (Auckland) for supplying this. If you have useful templates please send them to us so that they can be shared.
Funding for Māori arts
Creative New Zealand has a range of funding programmes that are available for Ngā Toi Māori. Please pass this information to artists or groups that you think may be interested in these programmes.
- Tohunga Tukunga mentoring programme - offers funding to help preserve and pass on contemporary and traditional Ngā Toi Māori (Māori arts) knowledge and practice
- Toi Tipu Toi Rea - to support Māori artists or practitioners, at an early stage of their career, to undertake an arts project
- Toi Ake - to support iwi, hapū, whakapapa-based roopu and maata waka to cultivate and retain heritage Ngā Toi Māori
- Projects by Māori artists with a track record of success can also be supported via our Quick Response Grants and Arts Grants programmes.
- Creative New Zealand isn’t able to support the building or restoration of marae, but there are funds available via TPK and Lotteries.
We welcome your feedback on the content of this update. You can find past issues of the CCS Updates on the CCS Administrators Hub.