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Creative Communities Festival Fund

The Creative Communities 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.

These funds are intended to help the sector adapt and thrive, while further improving access, equity, and arts participation for all. These funds are also intended to provide opportunities for the development of a resilient and sustainable arts sector. 

Who can apply?

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.


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 in rounds between October 2023 and April 2024. 



Our Council will distribute the CCS Festival Funds through our Creative Communities Scheme funding rounds. You can apply using the CCS application form, ensuring you include the word festival in the title or project description. 

For queries, please email