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 this fund.
This fund 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.
Software purchases (e.g. Photoshop, Sibelius) are considered a capital expense and therefore can’t be funded.
Artist in residence programmes in schools
Young people shouldn't be excluded from funding just because they attend school.
If an activity is part of the school curriculum (part of a programme that involves learning and assessment) we expect it should 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 funding.
School arts productions
In some schools the school production is part of an arts curriculum and students are individually assessed on their achievements. These types of productions are not eligible for funding because the project should 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 panel will decide which projects will receive funding. Your application should show that significant benefits will be delivered to the community, possibly through the involvement of other schools or community groups.