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Creative Communities Fund

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Creative NZ's Creative Communities Scheme provides funding each year to City and District Council's around New Zealand.

Waikato District Council administer funds on behalf of Creative NZ since the inception of Creative Communities Scheme in 1995.

The Waikato District's Creative Communities Scheme has supported numerous creative projects across the Waikato District and is designed to support local individuals or groups seeking financial support towards a variety of creative and performing arts projcets.

An application must be made during one of the two funding rounds per financial year (July 1-June 30). Round one of the funding takes place in the first half of the financial year (between July and December typically) and round two of the funding takes place in the second half of the financial year (between January and June typically).

Applications will only be considered when submitted in our application form on this page below. It will be considered by our Assessment Committee made up of eight people.

Previous projects that have received funding:

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 Waikato 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.



Applications are currently open for round two of the 2020-2021 financial year.

Please see the application form and supporting documentation below. Completed applications can be emailed to with the title of your project and CCS Funding Application in the subject line.

  • Applications for round one open Monday 16 May 2022 and close at 5pm, Friday 29 July March 2022
  • Applications will be heard by the Assessment Committee on Thursday 1 September 2022

Please note we have updated the application form relating to this fund. If you have any old forms please do not use these when making future applications to the fund. 

For queries, please email


2020-2021 Application Form


Supporting documents

Creative NZ funding offering boost for district arts projects

Waikato District’s Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) is seeking applications, until noon on 14 March, from local individuals or groups that need financial support towards creative and performing arts projects.  

Since its inception in 1995, Waikato District Council has administered the funds for the district on behalf of Creative NZ. The Assessment Committee encourages candidates who might need financial support towards materials, venue or equipment hire, promotion and publicity to apply now for the 27th round of funding. 

Numerous creative projects have benefited from the scheme over the years, including Waitakaruru Arboretum’s Sculpture Park with their 2021 ‘Stories in the Landscape’ sculpture exhibition.  

Showcasing over 100 sculptures and installations within one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor galleries, The Sculpture Park was awarded funding of $6000 from CCS in 2021. 

The Sculpture Park has utilised the Council’s funding towards employing a part-time staff member to assist with educating visitors and enhancing the tour experience. The funding also supported the creation and distribution of 50 reusable printed park guides which have aided the 2600 visitors the exhibition has hosted to date.  

The Sculpture Park’s Trust Secretary Dorothy Wakeling is grateful to Waikato District Council’s Creative Communities Scheme for offering funding towards exhibitions like ‘Stories in the Landscape’, as the funding served as the primary contributor to enable the exhibition to go ahead.  

“Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, other funders have had to withdraw their contributions due to limitations on visitors to the exhibition and the reduced number of artists who could showcase their work. 

Despite the restrictions, we are delighted with the visitor numbers and the Trust has decided to extend the exhibition until the end of March to allow for more visitors,” says Ms. Wakeling. 

Chair of the Assessment Committee and Waikato District Councillor, Stephanie Henderson, commends the opportunities the CCS provides to artists, performers and creative talents across the district. 

“The scheme has supported such a variety of different projects including performances by local music groups, pottery and carving exhibitions, dancing workshops and the development of kōwhaiwhai for some of our marae.  

We are proud of the diversity and talent we have across the district, and we want them to know we are here to help support and encourage their creative ambitions,” says Councillor Henderson.  

Visit our website for more information and CCS application forms.