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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

The Arts Grants funded and administered by DCC support projects which contribute to the strategic themes of Ara Toi Ōtepoti – Our Creative Future: Dunedin's Arts and Culture Strategy (Ara Toi).

Funding is available twice a year. The closing dates for Arts Grants applications are the last working Friday in March for projects starting after 1 June, and the last working Friday in September for projects starting after 1 December. In the September round we also accept application for Performance Underwriting.

For each round, application forms will be available on this web site from early March and early September.

Who to contact

For enquiries regarding any of the funding opportunities listed below, please contact DCC Relationships Advisors Cara Paterson or Lisa Wilkie on 03 477 4000 or email dcc@dcc.govt.nz.

  • DCC Arts Grants (DCC funded)

    Who can apply to Arts Grants

    Not-for-profit groups or organisations can apply.

    To be eligible for a DCC Arts Grant, your arts project must:

    • take place within Dunedin
    • benefit local communities in Dunedin
    • not have started or finished before funding is approved
    • be completed within 12 months of funding being approved

    Funding Criteria for DCC Arts Grants

    To be eligible for funding, your group or organisation must:

    • Seek to achieve the objectives of Ara Toi.
    • Be well established in its primary activity of arts and cultural development in Dunedin, or;
    • Be a well-established group with demonstrated knowledge of how a project will contribute to arts and cultural development in Dunedin.
    • Have a significant level of community interaction.

    Your arts project or initiative must:

    • Demonstrate clear benefits for the community.
    • Promote and advance arts and cultural development in Dunedin
    • Increase awareness of and participation in arts and creative cultural activity.
    • Not be part of the group’s usual activities except for special circumstances.
    • Support and encourage local involvement or content.

    There are full criteria for Arts Grants in Section 3 and Section 4.11 of the Grants Policy 2015 in the related information section.

    DCC Arts Grants give priority to projects that contribute to the strategic themes of Ara Toi:

    • Strategic Theme 1: Identity Pride
    • Strategic Theme 2: Access and Inclusion
    • Strategic Theme 3: Inspired Connections
    • Strategic Theme 4: Creative Economy

    You can read about Ara Toi in the related information section.

    How much are the grants?

    The Dunedin City Council has an annual budget of $50,500 for DCC Arts Grants. While you can apply for up to $5,000, typical awards are mostly around $3,000.

  • Performance Underwriting (DCC funded)

    This funding is only available in the September round. As well as the criteria for DCC Arts Grants, applicants will achieve one or more of the following:

    • Economic gain or raising the national profile of Dunedin City Council
    • The special celebration of Dunedin events or qualities.

    How much are the grants?

    Performance Underwriting applications may request up to $20,000 and we can support one event each year.

    There is a link to recent Arts Grants awards in the related information section.

  • Creative Communities Scheme (CNZ funded, DCC administered)

    Creative Communities Scheme Dunedin provides funding to communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities.

    Funding is available twice a year and the closing dates for the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) are the same as for the DCC Arts Grants.

    For each round, application forms will be available on this web site from early March and early September.

    Who can apply to CCS

    Individuals or groups can apply. Individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

    To be eligible for CCS, your arts project must:

    • take place within Dunedin
    • benefit local communities in Dunedin
    • not have started or finished before funding is approved
    • be completed within 12 months of funding being approved
    • not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand’s other arts funding programmes.

    Funding criteria for  CCS

    CCS supports a wide range of arts projects. To be eligible for funding through CCS your arts project must support at least one of the following:

    • Access and participation: Create opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities
    • Diversity: Support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities
    • Young people: Enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts

    These are explained with examples in the CCS Application Guide in the related information section.

    CCS Dunedin gives priority to projects that contribute to the strategic themes of Ara Toi Ōtepoti - Our Creative Future: Dunedin's Arts and Culture Strategy.

    • Strategic Theme 1: Identity Pride
    • Strategic Theme 2: Access and Inclusion
    • Strategic Theme 3: Inspired Connections
    • Strategic Theme 4: Creative Economy

    You can read Ara Toi in the related information section.

    How much are the grants?

    The Dunedin City Council receives an annual allocation of $90,000 from Creative New Zealand to administer CCS Dunedin. While you can apply for any amount, typical awards are mostly under $2000.

    There is a list of recent CCS Dunedin awards in the related information section.

  • Professional Theatre Fund (DCC/CNZ funded, DCC administered)

    The Professional Theatre Fund has been established jointly by Dunedin City Council and Creative New Zealand to ensure the development of professional theatre-making in Dunedin.

    Benefits and Track Record

    The Professional Theatre Fund will support the creation, or presentation of high quality new work from established artists or practitioners and arts organisations to develop professional theatre in Dunedin.  Priority will be given to work by Dunedin artists or practitioners and arts organisations or collectives.

    Project Timing

    For the 2018/19 year  there is one funding round remaining with $80,000 available - March 2019 -  to support the development of professional theatre in Dunedin.

    For the 2019/20 year there will be $195,000 available over two funding rounds in September 2019 and March 2020 – to support the development of professional theatre in Dunedin.

    Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

    • Start after 1 June 2019 (for the March 2019 closing date)
    • Start after 1 December 2019 (for the 30 September 2019 closing date)
    • Be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant

    To be eligible for funding through the Professional Theatre Fund your group or organisation must:

    • Seek to achieve the objectives of Ara Toi Ōtepoti – Our Creative Future: Dunedin’s Arts and Culture Strategy
    • Be well established in their primary activity of arts and cultural development in Dunedin, with demonstrated knowledge of how the project or initiative will contribute to arts and culture development in Dunedin and the development of professional theatre-making in Dunedin.
    • Demonstrate a track record of experience and success

    We will support one project per application. The maximum amount you can apply for is $20k. Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programmes or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme.

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