About the Community Arts and Culture Fund
The purpose of this fund is to contribute to the creative life of the Hutt Valley, its residents and visitors by supporting:
- the provision of a diverse range of quality arts activities and events that are easily accessed by residents and visitors
- opportunities to increase community participation in arts and cultural activities
- opportunities to grow audiences for the arts and cultural activities
Deadline for CACF applications: Monday 26 July, see our Funding Calendar.
What we fund
This funding is to help you cover operational and administration costs. The grants range from $500 to $10,000.
Examples of things we fund:
- Purchasing office equipment.
- Marketing materials (flyers, posters, advertisements).
- Fees for tutors or visiting artists.
- Employee salaries.
- Telephone, power and rental bills.
- Volunteer expenses.
What we don't fund
- Organisations that already get operational funding from any other Council source (excluding rates rebates).
- Organisations, such as schools and kindergartens, that receive significant government funding.
- Organisations that plan to give funds to other people at their own discretion.
- Expenses already incurred.
- Paying off debts.
- Land, building, renovation or maintenance costs.
If you are successful you need to follow these rules:
- use our funds only for the approved purpose, in accordance with any terms and conditions we've set
- use the funds within 10 months of receiving approval
- let us know at once if any difficulty or potential difficulty arises that might compromise the service or project
- lay a complaint with Police if any funds are stolen or misappropriated, and then notify us
- we have the right to audit how the funds were used
- be available to present your completed project to our representatives
- recognise our support in your publicity material, annual reports and similar publications
- you'll need to complete an accountability report within an agreed timeframe. This outlines how the funds were used and how the community benefited.
- have legal status as charitable trusts or incorporated societies authorised to receive or administer charitable funding
- be based in Lower Hutt
- provide services that are accessible to a wide range of people or have a clearly defined target group
Make an application
You can apply for funding online.
We prefer online applications, but you can also:
Book a visit
Sometimes it’s easiest to get your funding sorted if you can talk to someone. Our Community Arts and Culture Advisor is available to meet with you to discuss the eligibility criteria, registration process and how to apply.
To book a visit email email@example.com.
Successful Community Arts and Culture Fund applicants 2021 (PDF 157.7KB)
Successful Community Arts and Culture Fund applicants 2020 (PDF 146.8 KB)
Successful Community Arts and Culture Fund applicants 2019 (PDF 22.7 KB)