Creative Communities

Make, create, show, celebrate, learn!

Applications for Ōtorohanga Community Grants
ROUND TWO for 2023/2024 are now open! 

Last date to apply is 5pm, Thursday 29th February 2024

The Creative Communities Fund (CCS Fund) helps make our district a vibrant place to live. It is a rolling contestable fund for creative projects available to craftspeople, artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers, community groups, non-profits, and organisations. It has total annual budget of $28,000.00 which is spread across two ‘rounds’ held at six-month intervals.

For this round there is $ 7,240.06 available.

The CCS Fund is supplied by Creative NZ and administered by the Ōtorohanga District Council. Members of the public are nominated to be on the decision panel (The Creative Communities Committee) and are joined by Elected members and Iwi Representation.


You apply online. The application window for Round 2, 2023/2024 is Thursday 1st February 2024 through Thursday 29th February 2024.

Applications will be considered by Council’s Grants and Awards Committee and the deliberation meeting to assess and allocate funding will be held in the Council Chambers, 17 Maniapoto Street, on 17 April 2024. All applicants will be informed of the results the following week. Remember this is a rolling fund, if you miss this round just apply for the next one in six months time.

If you are successful – fantastic! As an agreement for receiving funds, you must fill in a CCS Grant Accountability Form (found in the right-hand sidebar) this tells us all about your project and how it went. It’s a good idea to get it done as soon as you finish.


If you have any further questions, or find it difficult to apply online through the link below, please email;  
[email protected]

In order to be able to pause and restart your online application at any moment, and to have quick access to completed applications, you will be asked to register to Connecting Ōtorohanga before starting your application.
Once registered you won't be asked again, and you will be able to easily apply to our other grants and participate in all our public consultations and engagements. 

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.


To be eligible for the CCS Fund, your project must:

  • take place within Ōtorohanga District
  • be completed within 12 months of funding being approved
  • produce benefits which are largely experienced within the Ōtorohanga District
  • not have started or finished before CCS funding is approved
  • not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand’s other arts funding programmes.


Before you prepare your application you should read the Creative Communities Scheme Application Guide (found in the right hand sidebar). This guide tells you:

  • whether you are able to apply for Creative Communities Scheme funding for your project
  • which projects and costs are eligible and ineligible
  • what information you will need to include in your application

All applications must be;

  • Made online
  • Complete with all necessary documents attached
  • Submitted before the advertised closing date/time.
  • Include bank account details for the applicant/organisation. Please double check this is current, and all the numbers are correct.

Please note: Incomplete or late applications may be deemed ineligible and therefore may not be considered for funding.

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.

Projects that encourage participation are things like;

  • 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.
  • arts festivals featuring local artists, musicians.

Projects that support diversity are things like;

  • 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 are things like;

  • 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 artwork by young people

What kind of costs are funded?

  • materials for arts activities or programmes
  • venue or equipment hire
  • personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects
  • promotion and publicity of arts activities.
  • yes, you can apply for two rounds in a row- go for it!

What types of projects are not funded?

  • fundraising activities
  • developing galleries, marae, theatres or other venues or facilities
  • projects which are mainly focused around other areas, eg sport, 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. You must prove that the project falls outside of normal arts curriculum.

What kind of costs are not funded?

  • 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.


Since 2021, Ōtorohanga District Council has granted approximately $70,145.22 from Creative NZ to help our people! Over twenty artists and creative groups have been successful and have used these funds to develop their aspirations and share their creative vision.

Round 1, 2023-2024
Nimbus Media, Kawhia School, Ōtorohanga Creative Conduit/Ōtorohanga District Development Board, Mike Brown, Adam Te Kahara Wright.

Round 2, 2022-2023
Korakonui School, Janaya Waitere, Martha Ash- Encore, Carole Shepheard, Anna Crichton, Rebecca Ngapo.

Round 1, 2022-2023
John Andrew Thomson, Every Body is a Treasure Trust, Heather Clare Leonard, Move your Tinana Kawhia Festival.

Round 2, 2021-2022
Nga Roopu o Matariki ki Otorohanga, Nehenehenui Regional Management Committee,
Korakonui School, Encore, Carole Shepheard

Round 1, 2021-2022
Kaiewe Branch - Māori Women’s Welfare League, Glenys Carol George.