Creative Communities Scheme
Applications are now open for the 2020 allocation!
Good news! We have changed the meeting date to October which means you now have plenty of time to prepare your applications.
We are particularly interested in projects that help the community move forward from the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown. Your project could be art collaborations, or performances telling stories from the lockdown experience, or that involve the community in celebrating the arts, or that enhance and reflect pride in our Kāpiti community and our arts and culture.
Applications closing date: Thursday 10 September
Funding Decision Meeting date: Thursday 22 October
The funding decisions are made by the Grants Allocation Committee (Creative Communities). Applications must be for projects that start after the date of the funding decision meeting.
All applicants and those considering future projects are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the COVID-19 Alert Levels, and refer to the latest updates when planning arts activities. We advise planning for alternatives and contingency planning for different alert levels. In particular, please note what the requirements are at any particular date for the size of gatherings, and what health and safety measures should be taken for events.
Applicants to the next round will need to provide a health and safety management/contingency plan (see 'How to apply' below).
Support packages: check the Creative New Zealand website for information about support packages during this time.
If you have questions, please email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you.
The Creative Communities Scheme is a fund aimed at supporting arts activities that celebrate Kāpiti culture, community involvement, and celebrating our diversity, particularly Toi Māori/Māori Arts.
You can discuss your ideas for arts project/s anytime with the Arts Advisor ([email protected]).
The arts of New Zealand are flourishing in our culturally diverse communities - in rural communities, towns and cities, and in a range of ways and places. Arts projects might be large and complex, involving many people or smaller-scale projects, just involving a few. Creative New Zealand is committed to supporting opportunities for New Zealanders to access and participate in the arts, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.
Twice a year (February/March and July-September) we process applications for funding from the Creative Communities Scheme, which are approved by the Grants Allocations Committee. Creative New Zealand sets the criteria, and provide the standard application form and guide.
The three main funding criteria are:
- Broad community involvement – the project will create opportunities for our local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
- Diversity – the project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of our 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.
Our funding pool for this round is around $22,000. The committee usually grants up to or around $2000 for a project (although this can vary depending on how many applications there are).
To apply for Creative Communities Scheme funding, use the application form below:
- Creative Communities Scheme Application Form (Word)
- Creative Communities Scheme Application Form (PDF)
Along with your application form, you'll need to complete and submit the following management contingency plan for your project, based on New Zealand's COVID-19 alert level guidelines:
The Creative Communities Scheme application guide gives an overview of the scheme, the criteria, and eligibility. Please note that eligibility criteria have changed to enable groups to include some expenses relating to hospitality/manaakitanga.
The Creative Communities glossary provides definitions and explanations of some of the terms used in the application guide.
For more information and advice contact our Arts Advisor. We encourage you to ask for more information and advice well in advance of the applications closing date.
You can print out your application form and send in by mail or hand it in to one of our libraries or service centres. Alternatively, submit by email (with a signed and scanned last page) to [email protected].
For more information about this scheme and other funding opportunities visit Creative New Zealand.
If you receive funding, you'll need to complete a Project Report Form. Please make sure you complete all sections.
Completion reports for projects that have been completed before December 2019 are now due.
Previous applicants who wish to apply again for grants will need to submit a Project Report Form to be eligible for grant funding.
The previous round took place in June, the Grants Allocation Committee has awarded $23,000 to 13 diverse creative projects from across Kāpiti. Successful projects included a jazz music festival, a Māori arts and cultural programme collaboration for Matariki, classical music concerts and workshops, pottery and arts and crafts courses, and a fashion catwalk presentation in dance.
The funding allocation meeting on 9 April 2020 was postponed because of the COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown in March/April 2020. A meeting was held on 11 June to decide allocation of grants for applications received for that funding round.
The recipients in the funding round were:
- Kāpiti Coast Photographic Society for their Photographic Exhibition Through the Photographer's Eye
- Music Festivals and Events NZ Board for Jazz in the Gardens
- Island Custom for their Tongan Ngatu Learning Space workshop
- Te Ara Korowai for The Art Room arts and crafts workshop programme
- Kāpiti Concert Orchestra for their Classical concert performance
- Otaki Pottery Club for their workshops, Young people's clay workshops and Creating with Clay
- Kapiti Women's Health Collective for their "Have a go" Arts Programme
- Crow's Feet Dance Collective for Fashionistas dance performance
- The Mahara Gallery Trust for their Toi Whakaraakai, Ngaa Aho o te Whenua Matariki programme
- Kāpiti Youth Orchestra for their KYO-WYS Combined Workshop 2020
- Mukume Taiko Drummers for their Mukume Drummers workshop
- Mulled Wine Concerts for their Mulled Wine Concerts June 21 and July 26.