The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities.
The scheme supports a wide range of arts projects under the following art forms: craft/object arts, dance, inter-arts, literature, Māori Arts, multi-artform (including film), music, Pacific Arts, theatre and visual arts. Please refer to the glossary for the art form definitions.
For more information about the Creative Communities Scheme
Please contact Creative New Zealand’s Creative Communities staff if you want to discuss any aspect of the scheme.
Phone: 0800 273 284
About Creative New Zealand and our partnership with local councils
Creative New Zealand, which is a Crown entity, works with local city and district councils to deliver the Creative Communities Scheme. Creative New Zealand is New Zealand’s national agency for developing the arts. We encourage, support and pr...
How Creative New Zealand can help you
We provide the following support: Guides – The Assessors Guide and Application Guide, as resources for your assessors and applicants. Promotional material – Pamphlets in te reo Māori, English, key Pacific Island langu...
How the funding for the scheme works
A breakdown of each council’s CCS allocation We will notify you of your annual allocation by 1 August of each year. The total allocation received by each local council consists of: a base grant of $15,000 an allocation of $0.60 per hea...