The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local 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:

Christchurch City Creative Communities NZ

  • craft/object arts
  • dance, inter-arts
  • literature
  • Māori arts
  • multi-art form (including film)
  • music
  • Pacific arts
  • theatre
  • visual arts.

Nominate the Creative Communities Assessment Committee

Nominations are currently being sought for community representatives to join the Creative Communities Assessment Committee for the Christchurch area for 2018/2019 to 2020/2021.

The Creative Communities Fund

The Creative Communities Fund supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities in Christchurch.

This fund is available to both community groups and individuals and is for all forms of creative and interpretative expression. It can be based around a place, a cultural tradition or commonly held interests or experiences.

Creative Communities Assessment Committee

We are looking for enthusiastic and creative people to join our assessment committee to help allocate this funding. This opportunity is open to anyone living in the Christchurch area who is involved and has a wide interest in the arts.

Community representatives on the Creative Communities Assessment Committee should (ideally) have:

  • interest and involvement in local arts community issues/groups
  • some experience in committee processes
  • knowledge of various communities of interest
  • ability to be articulate and assertive.

You can be nominated by a group or you can nominate yourself to serve on this committee. The term of office is for three years and is on a voluntary basis.

You would be required to attend an annual briefing and must be available to attend the decision meetings in April and October for each consecutive year.

The current Creative Communities Assessment Committee will appoint members to reflect the local community character, with representatives coming from the areas of local Iwi, Community Arts Council and an arts and cultural background.


Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 30 March 2018. For more information and a nomination form please contact Ruby Sione on 941 6288 or

Apply for funding

Make an application to the Christchurch Creative Communities Scheme

For more information and before making an application, please read the Applicant's guide [PDF, 218 KB].

Only fully completed applications submitted before the closing date will be processed.

For assistance please contact a Community Funding Adviser or email

Funding round opening and closing dates

Round Two

Opens 13 January 2018 and closes 24 February 2018 (for projects commencing after 1 May 2018).

Round One

Opens 13 July 2018 and closes 24 August 2018 (for projects commencing after 1 November 2018).

There are no exceptions to the closing dates.  

Your application will go to an assessment committee of people from the Christchurch area. They are appointed for their knowledge and experience of the arts and local communities.

Criteria for funding

To get funding through CCS your arts project must do at least one of the following:


  • Create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in local arts activities.


  • Support diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities.

Young people

  • Enable young people (under 18 years of age) to engage with, and participate in the arts.

Your project must also:

  • take place within Christchurch and benefit local communities
  • be completed within 12 months of funding being approved
  • not have started or finished before CCS funding is approved
  • not have already been funded through Creative New Zealands other arts funding programmes.

Costs eligible for funding

  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Venue or equipment hire
  • Personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects
  • Promotion and publicity of arts activities
  • Not already funded through Creative New Zealand's other arts funding programmes.

Projects not eligible for funding

  • Fundraising activities
  • Developing galleries, marae, theatres or other venues or facilities
  • Local Council projects
  • Projects mainly focussed around other areas, e.g. health, education or the environment, which only have a small arts component
  • Arts projects in schools or other education instituitions that are normally funded through curriculium or operating budgets.

Costs not eligible for funding

  • Ongoing administration or personnel costs that are not related to the specific project
  • Costs for projects already started or completed
  • Travel costs to attend performances or exhibitions in other areas
  • Food or refreshment costs
  • Buying equipment, such as computers, cameras, musical instruments, costumes, lights or uniforms
  • Entry fees for competitions, contests and exams
  • Prize money, awards and judges' fees for competitions
  • Royalties
  • Buying artwork for collections
  • Debt or interest on debt.


 Please be aware that all recipients of the Creative Communities Scheme are required to:

  1. Acknowledge the Creative Communities Scheme in any promotional material by using the scheme logo specific to your area.(external link)
  2. Acknowledge the assistance of the scheme verbally at event openings and performances.
  3. Complete  a project report at the end of the project. Reports are due within two months of the project being completed or when funds are spent. 

Future funding can be withheld if accountability requirements are not met