Funding for Individuals

Create - An Arts, Heritage & Culture Fund for Individuals

Our Create programme is for emerging and established artists, ngā toi Māori (Māori arts), heritage and cultural activators and practitioners across all art forms, heritage fields and cultures.

Create is designed to support a range of activities and opportunities that:

  • encourage and support emerging artists, ngā toi Māori (Māori arts), heritage and cultural activators, and practitioners to develop and grow their skills and practice
  • support  established artists, ngā toi Māori (Māori arts), heritage and cultural activators and practitioners to further their practice, to reinvigorate and to further their contribution to the art, heritage, or culture sector
  • strengthen engagement and participation in arts, heritage, and culture
  • increase the visibility of the arts, heritage, and culture

Funding is available to individuals under three categories:

  • Recognition & Achievement
  • Creative, Heritage & Cultural Skill Development
  • Presentation, Production, Exhibition & Touring

Total fund: $50,000 per annum

Apply: Anytime - but you do need to apply before your event has started 

We also support the arts, heritage and culture sectors through our various granting programmes.

Read What We Fund to find out more.

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Can you apply?

You can apply to the Create Fund once in a 12 month period and applications are accepted from people who are:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • An emerging or established artist, heritage or cultural activator or practitioner
  • Undertaking their artistic, heritage or cultural activities in the Trust area
  • New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident
  • Currently living in our area (includes Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas) and have done so for three years or more
  • Able to provide evidence of and/or demonstrate a track record of involvement in their art form, heritage field or their culture

 

In addition, your project must be time limited with a definite start and end date.

What We Fund

Recognition & Achievement

Purpose

Recognising outstanding achievement and artistic excellence.

Outcomes
  • Artists and practitioners supported to reach their potential
  • Artists, the arts, heritage and culture help to promote the region as vibrant and a great place to live, work and create
Types of activities supported

Artists, heritage or cultural activators or practitioners selected to attend, present, or showcase in a premier event or activity.

Amount of award

NZ, Trans Tasman, Oceania & Southeast Asia - up to $1,000
Asia, Europe & Americas - up to $1,500

Creative, Heritage and Cultural Skill Development

Purpose
  • Learning new or improving creative, cultural or heritage skills in a practical hands-on environment
  • Development of art, heritage, and culture practice
  • Upskilling in traditional cultural or heritage skills or crafts and sharing with community
  • Activities that meet a traditional cultural or heritage skills deficit
Outcomes
  • Artists, heritage and cultural activators and practitioners increase skills and knowledge
  • Artists, heritage or cultural activators and practitioners supported to reach their potential
Types of activities supported
  • Mentorships and internships with established or professional artists.
  • Specialised programmes, courses, workshops or other activities.
Amount of Award

Up to $1,500 for e.g. mentorships and internships

For specialised programmes, courses or workshops:

  • Regional - up to $300
  • South Island - up to $500
  • North Island - up to $750 

PURPOSE
  • Supporting professional development and raising the profile of local artists and practitioners
  • Raising the profile of and access to the arts, heritage and culture in the community
  • Sharing traditional arts, heritage, or cultural skills with the community
OUTCOMES
  • Artists, heritage or cultural activators and practitioners  and practitioners supported to reach their potential
  • Increase awareness of, access to and engagement in art, heritage and culture in the community
TYPES OF ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED
  • Public exhibition, production, published book, produced play
  • A hui, wananga or workshop open to the public and/or communities of interest
  • Touring (activity in at least three communities)
AMOUNT OF AWARD

30% of budgeted costs up to a maximum of $5,000.

Definitions

For the purpose of the fund the Trust has adopted the following definitions.

Arts the creative skill, imagination and expression of artists, practitioners and organisations that contribute to creating, presenting, and distributing the arts (in all its diverse forms) and that make up the diverse forms of arts practice, such as dance, music, sculpture, visual, performing, and literary and ngā toi Māori.

Activators and practitioners are the range of people/professions contributing to, creating, documenting, conserving, presenting, distributing or caring for arts, heritage and culture.

Culture is the shared values, ideas, knowledge, stories, customs and social behaviours of people, society, or a social group.

Emerging artists, activators or practitioners are those in the early stage of their career development (regardless of age), that have either created some original artistic/creative work, have some track record of involvement in their art form, heritage field or culture and are locally recognised by peers or experts.

Established artists, activators or practitioners are those who are at a more mature stage in their career, have advanced knowledge and experience in their artform, heritage field or culture, that have either created an extensive body of work, are well known and show commitment to their artform, heritage field or culture (locally, regionally or possibly nationally) and are giving back to their sector and community.

Heritage is diverse and can be tangible/physical (such as historic buildings, structures and objects, precincts, bridges, archaeological and site/places, marae) natural (such as places/areas, landscapes and landforms, tribal landmarks, flora and fauna or intangible (such as voices, customs and rituals, knowledge, language). 

Nga toi Māori includes Māori heritage, and contemporary arts practice such as waiata, kapa haka, raranga, whakairo.

What We Don't Fund

Arts, heritage or cultural organisations and groups as funding may be available through our General Grants programme.

Trustees and staff of Community Trust South and their immediate families (immediate families include: partners, parents, children, step children, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings) due to a perceived conflict of interest.

Employees or councillors of local government, employees of central government departments/agencies (including schools), tertiary institutes or for profit organisations unless the application clearly relates to a wider community benefit outside of the organisation. We regard professional development related to these organisations as the responsibility of the organisation and the expectation is the organisation would also be contributing.

People applying as part of a service club or for profit organisation.

Applicants from outside the Trust's area.

Individuals are only eligible for one Scholarship within a 12-month period, but can apply again in twelve months’ time from the application decision date.

Types of projects and activities we don’t fund:

  • Retrospective activities i.e. an activity that had already started or completed
  • Activities that do not involve original art work
  • Study towards a formal qualification such as a certificate, diploma, degree or higher-level study
  • Applicant’s own artistic fees or wages
  • Research
  • Capital expenditure such as equipment or instrument purchases
  • Facilities
  • Website development
  • Commercial events or other activities undertaken purely for commercial reasons
  • Business start-ups or development
  • Commissions
  • Fundraising activities
  • Game design or commercial design

How To Apply

Applications are accepted anytime and are made online.

If you haven’t applied to us before you need to register by providing your name and email address as well as creating a password – it only takes a moment. Once registered you can log in at any time to start an application or to access it again later, so you can work on it over time. 

If you are under 18 years of age you will also need to include a completed Parent/Guardian Consent form as part of your application.

The application process includes an endorsement from a recognised peer/expert in the relevant art form, heritage field or culture.

To help you prepare you can also download the application form so you can see the questions we ask.

How We Assess Applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you are eligible to apply.

Our staff then review your application to support Trustees in making an informed decision on your activity. We will often contact you to ask further questions about your activity or application.

What we look for when we are assessing your application:

  • Alignment with our Arts, Heritage and Culture Pou priorities and outcomes
  • Artistic, heritage or cultural ability and experience and degree of achievement (i.e. your track record)
  • Degree of recognition from appropriate peers, experts, or recognised body
  • Strength of idea, proposed project process and budget
  • Relevance of activity to stated learning and career development objectives and to stage of development
  • Impact of the proposed activity on the applicant’s artistic, heritage or cultural skill development, practice and to the wider community
  • Expertise and capacity of hosting organisation or individual
  • Merit of workshop, conference, or training event
  • Potential benefits to the relevant community and/or sector

When Will You Hear Back?

It takes approximately 8 weeks for a decision to be made and you will receive an email letting you know our decision.

If your application is successful, the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions. You can read our Managing Your Funding for more information.

If your application is unsuccessful the email will outline the reasons for your application being declined.

Successful applicants will need to provide an accountability report within 2 months of completing the activity for which funding was awarded. The report will be available online.

If you have any further questions about funding for individuals ring 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrust south.nz

Sport Scholarships

Our sports scholarships celebrate achievement, recognise talent and encourage future participation through positive role models. Supporting emerging and elite athletes, administrators and officials to reach their potential inspires others to participate and to be physically active.

Our Sport Scholarship fund encourages:

  • Individuals to have increased knowledge and skills leading to improved performance
  • Community to have improved engagement and participation in physical activity leading to broader wellbeing benefits and social interaction

The value of these scholarships varies depending on the location and level of competition/event and range from $500 within New Zealand to $3,000 for Olympic Games and Paralympics.

Total fund: $65,000 per annum

Apply: Anytime - but you do need to apply before your event has started

We also support the sport and recreation sector through our various granting programmes.

Read What We Fund to find out more.

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Can You Apply?

Applications are accepted from people who are:

  • Selected or recognised nationally in a squad or team at NZ Representative level
  • At least 15 years of age 
  • An amateur athlete or official (e.g. coach, manager, referee, timekeeper, judge or umpire)
  • Affiliated to and endorsed by a Regional Sporting Organisation (RSO) in our area
  • New Zealand citizens or a permanent residents
  • Currently living in our area - Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas and have done so for three years or more. Consideration may be given to athletes who have left our area for study/ sporting endeavours - but whose immediate family still lives in our area

Restrictions:

  • You can only receive one sports scholarship per sporting code in a 12 month period (with the exception of the Commonwealth Games and Olympic/Paralympics).
  • You can receive a lifetime maximum of five sport scholarships (excluding Commonwealth Games and Olympic/Paralympics).
  • Athletes and officials will only be eligible for Commonwealth Games/Olympics/Paralympics funding if they have lived in our area for three years or more.
  • The event/activity must be started within six months of funding being awarded.

What we fund

Our funding is intended to be a contribution in recognition of the costs involved in competing at New Zealand level.

Indicative Scholarship Values

NZ & Trans-Tasman: $500 to $750
Oceania & Southeast Asia: $750 to $1,000
Elite International: $1,000 to $1,250
World Cup & World Championships: $1,000 to $1,500
Youth Commonwealth Games: $1,500
Youth Olympics: $2,000
Commonwealth Games: $2,500
Olympic Games/Paralympics: $3,000

What We Don't Fund

  • Teams
  • Professional athletes
  • People under 15 years
  • Officials (e.g. coach, manager, referee, timekeeper, judge or umpire) from outside our area
  • Athletes from outside our area - consideration may be given to athletes who have:
    • previously lived in our area for at least three years and whose immediate family still reside in our area; and
    • have left to access specialist training and coaching; and 
    • can show evidence of ongoing connection/involvement/giving back to their sport in the Trust region.

  • Retrospective activities i.e. an activity that had already started or completed

How To Apply

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to include a completed Parent/Guardian Consent form as part of their application.

You will need a letter stating you have been selected for a New Zealand team from your National Sporting Organisation and a letter from your local Regional Sporting Organisation advising that you are affiliated to them.

Applications are made online, and if you haven’t applied before you need to register by providing your name and email address as well as creating a password – it only takes a moment.

Once registered you can log in at any time to start an application or to access it again later, so you can work on it over time.  To help you prepare you can also download the application form so you can see the questions we ask.

How We Assess Applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you can apply and then staff review your application to help trustees to make an informed decision on your application.

We may also contact you to ask further questions about your application.

When Will You Hear Back?

It takes up to 8 weeks for a decision and you’ll be sent an email telling you our decision.

If your application is successful, the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions. Read our Managing Your Funding for more information.

If your application is unsuccessful the email will outline the reasons for your application being declined.

If you have any further questions about funding for individuals ring 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz

Community Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships are designed to support rangatahi (youth) leadership development and community/non-profit emerging, mid-career and established leaders to access leadership development relevant to their stage and distinct personal and professional development needs so they can realise their potential and capacity for leadership in the community.  

Enhanced leadership skills and knowledge and increased leadership talent and capacity within individuals, organisations and the community helps to tackle community challenges and drive positive outcomes.

Our Leadership Scholarship fund encourages:

  • Individuals to seek improved leadership skills and knowledge and to have increased access to professional development opportunities
  • Organisations to have enhanced organisational resilience and strengthened capability to achieve goals and to deliver quality services and programmes
  • Community to have enhanced leadership capacity 

Total fund: $20,000 per annum

Apply: Anytime - but you do need to apply before your activity has started

We also support community development through our General Grants.

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Can You Apply?

Eligibility and criteria – Community/Non-Profit


Applications will be accepted from people who:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or hold New Zealand permanent residency;
  • Reside in the Trust’s area and have done so for three years or more; 
  • Work in or be significantly involved as a volunteer in any of the following in the Trust’s area
    • A not-for-profit organisation  
    • An Iwi/Māori organisation
    • A Pasifika or other cultural organisation
    • A specific community of interest e.g. youth, Iwi/Māori, Pasifika, migrant/refugee community, disability.   
  • Have some leadership experience, being either an emerging leader, mid-career or established leader;
  • Have the support of their organisation/community (e.g. Manager, CE, Executive Committee or Governance Board) or a relevant community leader;
  • Show evidence of their:
    • personal character and capacity for leadership;
    • accomplishments, commitment and motivation to serve their organisation/community in the Trust’s area;
    • community involvement in the Trust’s area e.g. membership of external organisations, committees or boards;
    • readiness, commitment, and motivation to take their leadership to the next level.

Eligibility and criteria – Rangatahi (Youth)


Applications will be accepted from rangatahi who:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or hold New Zealand permanent residency;
  • Reside in the Trust’s area and have done so for three years or more; 
  • Are strongly involved in their community of interest in the Trust’s area;
  • Have the support of their community of interest or a relevant community leader;
  • Show evidence of their:
    • personal character and capacity for leadership;
    • community involvement in the Trust’s area;
    • readiness and motivation to take their leadership to the next level.

General 

You can only receive one leadership scholarship in a 12-month period and a lifetime maximum of five Leadership Scholarships.

What We Fund

Our leaders of today and tomorrow need to be reflective of our communities therefore the following are priorities for our Community Leadership scholarships:

  • Ensuring equity, inclusion, and diversity in those benefiting from leadership scholarships including; ethnicity, gender identity, ages, varying geographies, contexts, size of organisations, sectors, and fields of operation.
  • Empowering rangatahi (youth) through leadership opportunities and experiences.
  • Sustaining Māori cultural knowledge and leadership.
  • Encouraging Pasifika, other cultures, migrant, and refugee leadership development.

 

The following are just a few examples of the types of leadership development programmes and opportunities considered:

Funding can cover such things as course fees and related administration costs, costs incurred in transport and travel for study or course materials.

What We Don't Fund

These scholarships are not be available to people who are:

  • Under the age of 15
  • From outside the Trust area
  • Already participating in a leadership related programme/course
  • Studying towards a formal leadership related qualification e.g. certificate, diploma, degree or higher-level study
  • Trustees and staff of Community Trust South and their immediate families (immediate families includes: partners, parents, children, step children, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings) due to a perceived conflict of interest
  • Applying as an employee or councillor of local government or as an employee of a central government department or agency (including schools and school boards) tertiary institutes or for-profit organisations unless the application clearly relates to a wider community benefit outside of the organisation. The Trust regards professional development related to these organisations as the responsibility of the organisation and the expectation is the organisation would also be contributing
  • Applying for costs to cover wages
  • Applying as part of a Service Club
  • Retrospective projects and activities i.e. an activity that had already started or completed
  • Professional development without a leadership focus
  • Professional development deemed to be the responsibility of your organisation or employer

How To Apply

Applications can be made anytime and are made online. 

If you haven’t applied before you need to register first by providing your name and email address as well as creating a password – it only takes a moment. Once registered you can log in at any time to start an application or to access it again later, so you can work on it over time.

If you are under 18 years of age you will also need to include a completed Parent/Guardian Consent form as part of your application.

To help you prepare you can also download the application form so you can see the questions we ask.

How We Assess Applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you are eligible to apply and then staff assess your application to help Trustees to make an informed decision on your application.

We may also contact you to ask further questions about your activity and application.

The following are what we consider depending on the activity you are applying for:

  • Alignment with the Community Leadership Scholarship purpose, outcomes and priorities.
  • Your leadership ability or potential. 
  • The likely impact of the proposed activity on the your leadership development.
  • The relevance of the activity to your stated learning and career development objectives and to your stage of development.
  • Merit of leadership activity.
  • Potential benefits to an organisation and/or your community of interest.

Value of award

Amount of funding approved is at the discretion of Trustees and is dependent on:

  • the number of applications received
  • nature of the application
  • costs involved
  • funding available.

When Will You Hear Back?

It takes up to 8 weeks for a decision to be made and you’ll be sent an email telling you the outcome.

If your application is successful, the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions. You can read our Managing Your Funding for more information.

If your application is unsuccessful the email will outline the reasons for your application being declined.

Successful applicants will need to provide an accountability report within 2 months of completing the activity for which funding was awarded. The report will be available online.

If you have any further questions about our community leadership scholarships ring 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz