Art Scholarships

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If you're a top performer in the field of arts, you could be eligible for a Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) Art Scholarship. Read on to find out whether you may qualify.

We offer art scholarships to support artists involved with visual arts (including fine arts, craft and film), performing arts (including music, theatre and dance) or literary arts.


Applicants must be:

  • A New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand.
  • Currently residing in the CTOS area and have done so for three years or more. Consideration will be given to those who have left the province for artistic endeavours - but whose immediate family still lives in the CTOS area.   
  • Selected to participate in a premier artisitc event/activity (i.e. not self selected).
  • Recognised as an elite artist by an appropriate authoritative body. 
  • Able to demonstrate a track record of significant success. 

 Who Can't Apply

  • Groups are not eligible to apply for scholarships but may be eligible for CTOS grants. Click here for further information
  • Applicants applying for study at tertiary institutions such as a Polytechnic or University, except for applicants selected into recognised schools in the performing, literary or visual arts. 
  • Applicants under the age of 15 years.
  • Applicants from outside the CTOS area.
  • CTOS trustees, staff and their immediate families. Immediate families include: partners, parents, children, step children, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings.

Eligibility Restrictions

  • An individual will only be eligible for one Art Scholarship within a 12 month period.
  • A lifetime maximum of five Art Scholarships can be awarded.
  • Scholarships are not intended to underwrite commercial activities.
  • Scholarships cannot be applied for retrospectively (i.e. projects/activities that have already been undertaken or commenced).

When to Apply

Art Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year.

How to Apply 

Applications are made online - click here to apply

If your application is successful

  • You will need to provide an accountability report within 2 months of the completion of the activity for which the scholarship was awarded.
  • When you are ready to complete your accountability report please log into our online system here. Once logged in you will see the 'My Submissions' link near the top left of the screen, click on this link and you will see an Acquittal/Accountability Form attached to your Application, then all you need to do is complete the acquittal/accountability form and submit it.

Cancellation of a scholarship

A scholarship may be revoked and Trustees may require part or all of a scholarship paid to be refunded if a recipient:

  • brings the scholarship programme into dispute;
  • has breached the conditions of the scholarship; or
  • does not commence and/or withdraws at anytime from the activity for which the scholarship was approved.

Need to Know More or If You Have a Question

Please contact us on 0800 500 185 or email 

Besides awarding Art scholarships, we also support the Arts sector through our granting programme.  For further information or to discuss your specific project or programme please contact us on 0800 500 185 or email