Grants and Funding
Creative Communities Scheme
The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) helps fund local arts projects.
Kawerau District Council administers the Creative Communities Scheme, which is funded by Creative New Zealand. Creative New Zealand is a central government agency and is New Zealand's main organisation for funding of the arts. The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in the arts within their specific geographical area.
Kawerau District Council receives approximately $11,000 per year from Creative New Zealand and the average grant is usually less than $2000. If you need to apply for a grant over $5,000 it's advisable to discuss your project with Creative New Zealand to see if it qualifies for national funding.
Who May Apply
An application can come from an individual or a group. Individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. You can apply for funding through Creative New Zealand as long as your project:
- Has an arts or cultural focus
- Takes place within the Kawerau district
- Benefits local community
- Has not started before an application or funding is assessed
- Is completed within 12 months of funding being approved
- Has not been funded by Creative New Zealand's other arts funding programmes for the same purpose
Meets at least one of the three following Creative Communities Scheme funding criteria:
1. Participation - create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities
2. Diversity - support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities
3. Young people - enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts.
Types of projects or activities that could be funded include exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.
Download the Creative Communities Scheme brochure . This brochure tells you if your project is able to be funded through the Creative Communities Scheme and how to make an application.
Applications for Funding
The Creative Communities Scheme usually has two rounds per year with closing dates in November and April. The April round is now closed and the November round will be advertised in October 2016).
Please download the support document to help you complete your application Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) Application Guide 276 Kb
Applications must be made on the Creative New Zealand Communities Scheme Application form and submitted prior to the closing date of the funding round in order to be considered. At the end of the project an Accountability Form must be completed. Council will treat all applications as confidential.
Applications for funding must be submitted in writing and please ensure that:
- Every question on the application form has been answered.
- All your figures add up.
- You have attached a current financial statement or a balance sheet.
- You have attached evidence of endorsement from local affiliated clubs.
For further information please phone Council on (07) 306 9009.
Community Grant Scheme
The Community Grant Scheme is a Council fund to enhance the well-being of Kawerau people by supporting groups and/or services that improve the quality of life of local residents.
Applications for the 2016/17 funding round are now closed.
Any non-profit group that provides a service which enhances the quality of life of Kawerau residents by providing services to the people of our community. Download our Community Grant Information Sheet 65 Kb for further information.
The Council may contribute up to $3,000 to any one applicant. If you need to apply for a grant over $3,000 you should consider applying through the Lottery Grants Board and/or BayTrust.
Applications for Funding
Applicants will be required to complete a Community Grant Application Form which must be submitted prior to the closing day in order to be considered. Click to download the Community Grant Application Form . All applications will be treated as confidential by Council. Applications for funding must:
- Demonstrate that the request will fulfill a community need.
- Provide evidence that the project is financially viable i.e. the project will proceed.
- Provide a full budget breakdown for the project and provide an up to date balance sheet.
A Community Grants Accountability Record 68.8 Kb will be required at the completion of the project.
Development feasibility fund
Who may apply
Anyone may apply to this fund for money to help him/her develop a business idea that is likely to result in additional employment of Kawerau people within two years, or which has a significant benefit to the Kawerau community. For further information on this fund download our Development Feasibility Fund Information Sheet 34 Kb.
Council may contribute up to $1,500 to assist in the development of a business plan or other development feasibility studies relating to the proposed business.
Applications for Funding
All applications will be treated as confidential by Council. Development Feasibility Fund Application Form 86 Kb. The proposed business must be located in Kawerau, or have a significant benefit to Kawerau. All applications must be in writing and provide the following information:
- Specific details of the proposed business
- An outline of how the business plan or development feasibility study is to be prepared and who will write it
- The level of funding requested
- Specific details on how the funds will be used
- Details of additional funding sought elsewhere
- Details of other feasibility studies already undertaken
When the application has been approved, half the amount will be paid at the beginning of the study and the balance when the study is completed. A Development Feasibility Fund Accountability Form 37 Kb will be required at the completion of the project.
Event marketing fund
The event marketing fund is a Council fund to help individuals or organisations hold a new event in the Kawerau district.
Who may apply
Any person/organisation may apply to Council for funds to help him/her hold a specific event or events in the Kawerau district. The event(s) must have a significant benefit to the Kawerau community and applicants need to demonstrate that the event will be, or is likely to become, an annual event. For further information download our Event Marketing Fund Information Sheet 41 Kb.
Council may contribute up to $1,000 in the first year for new events and up to $500 in the second year for the same event.
Applications for funding
Applicants are required to complete an Event Marketing Application Form 62 Kb. Council will treat all applications as confidential. Applications for funding must be submitted in writing and contain the following information:
- Specific details of the event being targeted
- The level of funding being requested
- Specific details on how the requested funds will be used
- Specific details on other sources of funds to be used for targeting the event
- The expected outcome of the event targeting exercise
- General details as to the proposed sources of funding to stage the event if it proceeds
- Details on the expected economic benefit to the Kawerau community
Once the targeting campaign is completed, applicants must provide Council with:
- A report on the outcome and the probable reasons for success or failure
- A balance sheet for that event
- An Event Marketing Accountability Form 44 Kb will be required at the completion of the project.