The Creative Communities Grants Scheme is now open for the 2023/2024 financial year.


When can I apply?

You can make applications from Tuesday 17 October to until 2pm, Friday 24 November.


How to apply?

You can apply for CCS and Festival funding through our online grants portal [].

Download the CCS application guide [PDF] for further help and support.


What is the Creative Communities Grants Scheme [CCS]?

The CCS helps to fund local arts projects. Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to Carterton and other city and district councils to distribute in our area

Visit the Creative NZ website for more information.



What is the Festival Fund?

The CCS Festival Fund is a one-off funding boost from Government, to support established festivals that celebrate the life experiences, stories, cultures, and regional identities of New Zealanders, that continue to be impacted by the effects of COVID-19 in 2023. These funds are intended to help the sector adapt and thrive as we move away from the effects of COVID-19 and to further improve access, equity, and arts participation for all New Zealanders. These funds are also intended to provide opportunities for the development of a resilient and sustainable arts sector.

Visit the Creative NZ website for more information.



How do I get help or more information?

Help with applications is available through our online grants portal.

Visit the Creative NZ website for further information on the funds.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions on our process, please contact Vic Bates on 06 379 4081 during business hours or email and quote your submission number.