The Creative Industries Support Fund supports arts practice and its establishment in the regeneration and revitalisation of Christchurch’s Central City.

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Applications will be accepted until funds are fully allocated or 31 May 2017, whichever occurs first.

The Creative Industries Support Fund is intended to encourage the engagement of the general public in progressive arts experiences that are relevant to Christchurch and encourage collaboration, innovation and strategic partnerships among arts practitioners and facilitators.

The fund also aids in the retention of creative talent in Christchurch by enabling the development of quality, long-term projects that support the growth and strengthening of the creative sector in the Central City.

Creative Industries Support Fund may cover

  • Workshops
  • Studio, gallery and retail rent subsidies
  • Establishing of recurrent arts programmes
  • Arts clusters with long term benefits
  • Capital items

How to apply

Expand this section to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

Download and complete a Creative Industries Support Fund application form [DOC 302KB]

You will also need to download, review and complete:

Send your completed application form, budget, supporting documents and bank deposit slip to EnlivenFunds@ccc.govt.nz. Decisions on grants of more than $15,000 require a decision from elected members while applications under $15,000 are reviewed by a Panel made of Council staff and a community representative.

Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions [PDF, 53 KB] [PDF 53KB] that form part of the Grant Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions [PDF, 30 KB] [PDF 48KB]

Some examples of projects supported by the Fund:

Exchange Christchurch

A place for creative practitioners to develop their practice, share ideas and connect with others.

376 Wilsons Road, Christchurch.

Exchange Christchurch (external link)


Lyttelton Arts Factory

Delivers a programme of professional theatre, community events and arts education.

34 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, Christchurch.

Lyttelton Arts Factory

(external link)


Fab Lab CHCH

Provides the local community with access to the modern tools and equipment of invention. 

46 Coleridge Street, Christchurch.

Fab Lab CHCH (external link)