Projects 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, 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 that are normally funded through curriculum or operating budgets, or projects that primarily deliver outcomes for other sectors (eg health or environment).
  • Council projects - which are any projects developed and run by a council, a council's subsidiary, a council controlled organisation, or any bodies that are more than 50% owned by a council or group of councils.

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.

No guarantees against loss

Funding is not available under the Creative Communities Scheme to provide arts projects with guarantees against loss – that is, security against arts events not meeting budgeted ticket sales.