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CCS Festival Fund

Applications closed.

The Creative Communities Scheme (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.

Application Dates

CCS Festival Funds can support eligible festivals that are delivered within 12 months of the grant notification. As this is a one-off fund, festival grants will only be distributed between August 2023 and June 2024.

Project Eligibility

To apply, your festival must have been delivered at least once in the previous five years (this may include digital presentation). Please make sure you include evidence of previous delivery in your application.

A festival (for the purpose of this fund) involves an integrated programme of events and activities featuring one or more artforms, from any cultural tradition, that takes place within a defined area or region over a designated period of time.

Note: All standard CCS guidelines and eligibility requirements also apply to this fund.

Eligible Costs

Festivals can apply for operational, commissioning, development, and presentation costs. There is no maximum amount a single festival can apply for, but Ashburton District Council typically awards CCS grants for under $2,000.

Tips for a strong application

A strong application should demonstrate how your festival:

  • Celebrates the life experiences, stories, and cultures of New Zealanders
  • Improves access, equity arts participation
  • Provides opportunities for the development of a resilient and sustainable arts sector.

Funding Process

Ashburton District Council distributes CCS Festival Funds through our usual Creative Communities Scheme funding round, starting in August 2023 and closing on 30 September 2023. You can apply using the CCS application form linked below, but please ensure you include the word festival in the title or project description.

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Grants team.


Successful applicants must complete and return a grant reporting form on the completion of the project, or by 31 July, or before applying for further funding, whichever comes first.

Receipts are required for all expenditure. Organisations that do not complete their reporting may not be eligible for future funding.

Required Documents