Our Funding for Individuals

Create

Our Create programme is for emerging and established creative practitioners across all art forms. It supports a range of activities and creates opportunities that will enable you to grow creatively.

Funding is available to individuals under three categories:

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

Total fund: $50,000 per annum

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

Create is being piloted for two years and as a pilot it may change during this time. If there are any changes, we will make sure our website reflects all of the updates.

We also support the arts sector through our various granting programmes.

Read What We Fund to find out more.

Jenny Mitchell

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 artist or established artist or practitioner
  • Undertaking their artistic activities mainly in our area
  • New Zealand citizens or a permanent residents
  • 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

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 in an art form.

Outcomes

Artists and practitioners supported to reach their potential.
Artists and the arts help to promote the region as vibrant and a great place to live, work and play.

Types of activities supported

Artists or practitioners selected to attend, present or showcase in a premier artistic event or activity.

Amount of award

NZ, Trans Tasman, Oceania & South East Asia - up to $1,500
Asia, Europe & Americas - up to $1,500

Creative Skill Development* 

Purpose

Learning new/improving creative or technical skills in a practical, hands on environment.
Supporting the development of art/creative practice.

Outcomes

Artists and practitioners develop new and improved skills and knowledge.
Artists 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 

Production, Presentation, Exhibition & Touring*

Purpose

Supporting professional development and raising the profile of local artists and practitioners.
Raising the profile of and access to the arts in the community.

Outcomes

Artists and practitioners supported to reach their potential.
Increase awareness of, access to and engagement in art in the community.

Types of activities supported

Public exhibition, or production, published book, produced play
A workshop open to the public
Touring (performing in at least three communities)

Amount of award

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

Our Definitions

Emerging artists or practitioners

In the early stages of career development (regardless of age), have created some original artistic work, have some track record of involvement and are beginning to be known in their art form (locally recognised by peers or experts).

Established artists or practitioners

In mature stage in career, advanced knowledge and experience in art form and have created an extensive body of work. Well-known in art form (locally, regionally or possibly nationally), show commitment and gives back to their art form and the art community.

Arts practitioners

Involved in and contributing to creating, presenting and distributing the arts such as producers, directors, stage management, technicians, curators and coordinators of arts events.

What We Don't Fund

Arts organisations and groups (funding is available through our General Grants programme).

Employees of local government, 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.

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.

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
  • Websites
  • 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

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

Applications are made online.

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.

Apply now

How We Assess Applications

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

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

What we look for when we are assessing your application:

  • alignment with our Arts priorities
  • degree of achievement (i.e. artistic track record) and experience in art form and the arts community
  • degree of recognition from peers, experts or recognised body
  • strength of idea, proposed project process and budget
  • impact of the proposed activity on your artistic skill development and practice
  • relevance of activity to stage of development
  • merit of workshop, conference or training event
  • potential benefits to your art form, the arts sector and the community

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. 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 anna@communitytrust south.nz

Sport Scholarships

Our sports scholarships celebrate achievement, recognise talent and encourage future participation through positive role models.

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: $60,000 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.

Marshall Hall

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 the our area
  • New Zealand citizens or a permanent residents
  • Currently living in our area 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
  • People from outside the our area
  • 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.

Apply Now

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 anna@communitytrustsouth.nz

Community Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships encourage and develop leadership potential and capacity in our community and in community organisations by supporting people to enhance their skill and knowledge.

Total fund: $20,000 per annum

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

Can You Apply?

Applications are accepted from people who are:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident
  • Currently living in our area and have done so for three years or more
  • Working in or significantly involved in a:
    • community organisation
    • Iwi/Maori organisations
    • not for profit organisation in our area

You will need to:

  • Have some leadership experience and be either an emerging leader or mid-career leader
  • Have the support of your organisation such as your Manager, CEO, Executive Committee or Governance Board
  • Show evidence of your:
    • personal character and capacity for leadership
    • accomplishments and commitment and motivation to the community non-profit sector and to serve the our area
    • community involvement in our area such as membership of external organisations, committees or boards

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

What We Fund

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

Types of programmes/courses considered include:

  • Leadership workshops and courses
  • University of Otago Executive Education Programmes
  • Outward Bound or Aoraki Bound
  • Graduate Diploma in Not For Profit Management
  • Leadership New Zealand programmes
  • NZ Institute of Management and Leadership programmes

What We Don't Fund

  • People applying:
    • from outside our area
    • as an employee or councillor of local government or as an employee of a central government department or agency (including schools and school boards).
    • as part of a Service Club
    • from a for profit organization
  • People already participating in a leadership related programme/ course
  • Trustees and staff of Community Trust South and their immediate families including: partners, parents, children, step children, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings interest
  • 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

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

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.

Apply now

How We Assess Applications

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

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

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. 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 our community leadership scholarships ring 0800 500 185 or email anna@communitytrust south.nz