by Ann Van Engelen
Funding is available for community-based arts activities in the Selwyn district from the Creative Communities Scheme.
“The aim of the scheme is to increase participation in the arts at a local level, and increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities,” says community relations manager Denise Kidd.
“The CCS is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the 74 local authorities. Each local authority takes responsibility for delivery of the scheme in its area.
“All New Zealanders are eligible to apply and local decision-making is the key to the scheme with applications considered by local assessment committees. There are four funding rounds held each year with closing dates generally being the last Friday in August, November, February, and in mid-May.
To be eligible to apply your project must take place within the city or district where the application is made and be completed within 12 months of funding being approved.
“It must benefit local communities and not have started or finished before CCS funding is approved and not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand’s other arts funding programmes.
“Projects that get funded do at least one of the following — encourage participation and create opportunities for local communities to engage in local arts activities, support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities and enable people under 18 years of age to engage with, and participate in the arts.”
CCS grants can pay for materials for arts activities or programmes, venue or equipment hire, personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects and promotion and publicity of arts activities.
For more information go to Selwyn District Council website and search funding.