Creative Communities

ROUND TWO opened on 1 March 2023 and NOW CLOSES ON 7 APRIL 2023!!!

The round two deliberation meeting to assess and allocate funding is being held in the Council Chambers, 17 Maniapoto Street, on 18 May 2023.  All applicants will be informed of the out come in the following week.

This fund is supplied by Creative NZ and administered by the Ōtorohanga District Council. Members of the public are nominated to the Creative Communities Committee, and are joined by Elected members and Iwi Representation. There is $18,456.61 available for round two.

Applications are encouraged from community groups and individuals whose projects:

  • demonstrate growth over time
  • develop and support local artistic communities
  • encourage a transfer or artistic skills.
  • diversity, inclusion, and projects with a youth focus are also encouraged.

Who can apply

  • Individuals or groups can apply. 
  • Individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Eligibility for the Creative Communities Scheme

To be eligible for the Creative Communities Scheme, your project must:

  • take place within Ōtorohanga District
  • be completed within 12 months of funding being approved
  • benefit local communities
  • not have started or finished before CCS funding is approved
  • not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand’s other arts funding programmes.

Types of projects funded

Projects that get funded do at least one of the following:

  • encourage participation — they create opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities
  • support diversity — they support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities
  • enable young people — they enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts.

Examples of CCS projects

Projects that encourage participation

  • performances by community choirs, hip-hop groups, theatre companies musicians or poets
  • workshops on printmaking, writing or dancing
  • creation of new tukutuku, whakairo or kowhaiwhai for a local marae
  • exhibitions by local craft groups promoting weaving, pottery and carving
  • festivals featuring local artists

Projects that support diversity

  • festivals or exhibitions in Māori or Pasifika heritage or contemporary artforms
  • workshops, rehearsals, performances, festivals or exhibitions by local migrant communities
  • arts projects bringing together groups from a range of different communities
  • workshops, rehearsals, performances, festivals or exhibitions by groups with experience of disability or mental illness

Projects that enable young people to engage with, and participate in, the arts

  • a group of young people working with an artist to create a mural or street art
  • a group of young people creating a film about an issue that is important to them
  • printing a collection of writing by young people
  • music workshops for young people
  • an exhibition of visual art work by young people

Types of projects not funded

CCS grants cannot fund:

  • fundraising activities
  • developing galleries, marae, theatres or other venues or facilities
  • projects which are mainly focused around other areas, eg health, education or the environment and that only have a very small arts component
  • arts projects in schools or other education institutions that are the core business of that institution or that are normally funded through curriculum or operating budgets.

What costs are funded

CCS grants can fund:

  • materials for arts activities or programmes
  • venue or equipment hire
  • personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects
  • promotion and publicity of arts activities.

What costs are not funded

CCS grants cannot fund:

  • ongoing administration or personnel costs that are not related to the specific project
  • costs for projects already started or completed
  • travel costs to attend performances or exhibitions in other areas
  • food or refreshment costs
  • buying equipment, such as computers, cameras, musical instruments, costumes, lights or uniforms
  • entry fees for competitions, contests and exams
  • prize money, awards and judges’ fees for competitions
  • royalties
  • buying artworks for collections
  • debt or interest on debt.

Creative Waikato

If you are looking for advice, training or support with your creative projects, then check out Creative Waikato.

Creative Waikato is a non-profit organisation that works to develop, support and champion Waikato arts and culture.

Check out the Waikato Arts Navigator, a framework to use to enhance the role of arts, culture and creativity in the region.

Talk to us

For information on the Creative Communities Scheme, please email [email protected]