Creative Communities Scheme 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. 

It is expected that the funds will improve access, equity, and arts participation for all New Zealanders, and provide opportunities for the development of a resilient and sustainable arts sector. 


CCS Festival Funds will be distributed through standard Creative Communities Scheme funding rounds. Applicants can apply using the CCS application form, ensuring they include the word festival in the title or project description.


To apply, applicants must have delivered a festival at least once in the previous five years (this may include digital presentation). Applicants should include evidence of previous delivery in their application.

You can request extra materials if they have not provided evidence in their initial 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 


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 your CCS funding rounds between August 2023 and May 2024.

Eligible Costs

Festivals can apply for operational, commissioning, development, and presentation costs. There is no maximum amount a single festival can apply for, but applicants should talk to you about your average CCS grants amounts, and their specific plans for this one-off fund.

Multiple Applications

Festivals may only apply once per funding round.

Assessor Tips

A strong application should demonstrate how their 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.


You can apply for this grant via our online application form (Make sure to add the word "Festival" in the title or project description)

Or you can send a printable Creative Communities Application Form(PDF, 649KB) to

Further information

For further information on the Creative Communities Scheme Festival Fund, please contact telephone 03 433 0300 or email