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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 current funding round has now closed.

There are two funding rounds annually, they open on the second Wednesday of February and the first Wednesday of August each year and are open for applications for a period of five weeks.

To provide an online application please click the link below to register for online applications or you can download a hard copy of the application form to complete and post or drop back off to us.

Application Form  (docx, 103kb)

Register to apply online   

Already registered? Log in to apply online

Our staff are happy to assist you with your application, please call us on 07 884 0060 (for toll free 0800 746 467) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can schedule a time with you to go through your application before you submit.


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)

 Creative communities funding