Please refer to our Funding Calendar to find out when the next round will take place.
We are looking to support cultural and arts projects that:
- have an arts focus
- meet one or more of the three funding criteria (see below)
- will be completed within 12 months after the funding is approved
- take place in Lower Hutt and are of primary benefit to Lower Hutt residents and local communities
- haven't already started before funding is approved
- haven't already been funded by Creative New Zealand for the same purpose.
Organisations, community groups and individuals, schools and art institutions can apply.
Members of the Community Arts and Culture Advisory Group, including one Council representative, will assess your application.
Our key criteria
The scheme has three criteria for funding assistance. Your project should meet at least one of the following criteria.
Make sure your project offers:
- Broad community involvement
The project will create opportunities for our local community to engage with and participate in all arts activities.
The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
- Young people
The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.
What we fund
We’ll fund projects and activities such as:
- exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts
- activities that support the traditions and arts of ethnic communities
- youth arts events
- artist-ideas projects involving local communities
- materials for arts activities or programmes
- personal costs for one-off, short term projects
- promotion and publicity of arts activities to communities.
What we don't fund
- activities that are not arts focused
- activities that are the direct responsibility of schools or other educational institutions
- ongoing administration costs not related to a specific project
- projects that are the core business of an organisation or service provider
- retrospective project costs (for projects already started or completed)
- catering costs of an event
- fundraising activities
- travel for individuals or groups to attend events, presentations or shows
- developing facilities, such as gallery lights, stage curtains or building restoration
- buying capital items, such as computers, cameras or musical equipment.
Rules and advice
Using our logos
You need to use the appropriate Creative Communities logo to show your project has been funded by the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS).
Who assesses my application?
Members of the Community Arts and Culture Advisory Group including one Council representative. These are generally made up of community people who are and have experience within the arts industry.
A Project Report Form will be sent to you with the letter that lets you know your application has been successful.
Rules for private businesses
If arts activities are the business of a company or individual, and this is how they sustain themselves, then it's reasonable to expect that they should cover their own costs and not be supported through the Scheme.
This Scheme shouldn't support activities that are core business for a profit driven arts organisation. If the project is a one-off event that is outside of the company's usual business, and if there are significant community benefits, then the panel can consider whether it should be supported.
Funding for computer software
Software purchases (e.g. Photoshop, Sibelius) should be considered a capital expense.
Artist in residence programmes in schools
Young people shouldn't be excluded from the Scheme just because they attend a school.
Where an activity is part of the school curriculum ie, part of a programme that involves learning and assessment, we'd expect the project to be supported through Ministry of Education resources. If an artist in residence programme has been introduced to support the arts curriculum it would not be eligible for CCS support.
Funding school arts productions
In some schools the school production is part of an arts curriculum and students are individually assessed on their achievements. Such productions aren't eligible, as we'd expect the project to be supported through Ministry of Education resources.
To be eligible a school production must be extra-curricular. Student involvement must be voluntary and students should not be assessed.
Not all eligible projects will be funded.
The committee should determine which projects are a priority for funding: you should aim to demonstrate that significant benefits will be delivered to the community, possibly through the involvement of other schools or community groups.
Make an application online
You can apply for funding online.
Past successful applicants
Recipients of the 2017/18 Creative Communities Funding (PDF 104 kb)
Recipients of the 2016/17 Creative Communities Funding (PDF 142 kb)
Take a look at 2015/2016's successful applicants (PDF 142 kb)
If you haven't already viewed it then see our Frequently Asked Questions.