Creative Communities (CCS) is a funding scheme offering support for community-led arts projects.

Each year Creative New Zealand provides funds to local Councils for distribution within their local area. There are two funding rounds in Upper Hutt each year, with approximately $18,000 to allocate per round.

The dates for 2019 are:

Round One

Opening: 1 January – 3 March 2019

Allocation Meeting: 4 April 2019

Projects to start from: 8 April 2019

Round Two

Opening: 1 June – 15 July 2019

Allocation Meeting: 29 August 2019

Projects to start from: 2 September 2019

Creative New Zealand has created a brochure which informs you if your project is eligible for funding and how you can make an application.

Who can apply?

Applications can be made by individuals or groups. Individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

What costs can I get funding for?

  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Venue or equipment hire
  • Personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects
  • Promotion and publicity of arts activities

How much can I apply for?

There is no limit to how much you can apply for, but most CCS grants are under $2,000.

General Information

Projects must be completed within 12 months of funding being allocated and an accountability report is to be completed within 3 months of project completion and returned with evidence of expenditure.

If you would like to see a list of projects Council has previously funded, you can check these out here and by looking through previous Allocation Meeting minutes.

Download an application form (an editable word document) or application guide from the Resources and Links panel to your right or pick up a hard copy from Council Reception or at the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre.

If you have any queries about the Creative Communities Scheme fund please contact Amber Moffitt on (04) 527 2793 or email

Use the links in the Resources and Links section for information on other funding distributed by Council.

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Last updated on 08 Feb 2019