There are three cultural grants pools every year for arts / cultural / events organisations. Traditionally, all three of them have the same amount of funding allocated for that particular time of year. This time, the Council has allocated more money out of the yearly pool into the next round of grants - the round that could ultimately fund a lot of activities during Rugby World Cup 2011. This round closes on
The Council's Grants Manager, Jenny Rains, says the Council is expecting a lot of interest in that particular grants pool, and people should start working on their application now.
"If you want to put on an event or show around the time of Rugby World Cup 2011, now is the time to get thinking about your application and what you wish to do. Council staff can help you with the logistics of applying, but we need you to get working on it now. Applications close at the end of October - which really isn't that far away."
Jenny says the changes will affect the two other grants rounds for this year - the July 2010 round and the March 2011 round.
"Both rounds have less funding allocated to them. But, we're doing our best to ensure that organisations are not too affected by this," says Jenny.
The Council's Strategic Events Manager, Andy Scotland, has certain types of acts and events in mind for Rugby World Cup 2011.
"What we're aiming for at the moment is a type of 'Festival Carnivale' that will run from 9 September right through to 23 October - so that's a long stint. It's a great opportunity to show off what we can do and how well we can do it.
"We're looking for events or activities that showcase the city's culture, heritage and diversity. They need to also entertain the Wellington community as well as the thousands of tourists who'll be here during that time," says Andy.
The Council will provide extra help to applicants in the lead-up to the deadline on 31 October. More information will soon be available in the Grants section on this website.