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Creative Communities Scheme - Applying for Funding


Council administers the Creative Communities Scheme that provides funding for arts and cultural projects in our district. The funding comes from Creative New Zealand.


To be eligible for funding your 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

 For more information on applying for this scheme - Guide for Applicants  (pdf, 301kb)



Our next funding round is open from 9 February to 16 March 2022.

Applications are currently closed. The online application form will be published when applications re-open. You can download a hard copy of the application form (below) to help identify the information you will need to collate.

Application form (pdf, 662kb)


Project Report Form

All recipients of funds from the Creative Communities Scheme must complete and return the form below within two months of completing their project. If you do not complete and return this form you will not be eligible for future funding through the Creative Communities Scheme. 

Project Report Form  (pdf, 722kb)