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Our communities often ask “What is the Creative Communities Scheme?”

The Creative Communities Scheme is a fund aimed at supporting art activities that celebrate the uniqueness of the Waikato district, its cultural traditions and diversity, including Toi Māori.  Its goal is to increase participation from the local community in the arts sector and encourage young people to participate in local arts.  ‘Art’s’ is broadly defined to mean all forms of creative and interpretative expression.

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

Applications for round open Monday 23 January 2023.

Please see the application form and supporting documentation below.

  • Applications for round one open Monday 23 January 2023 and closes at 5pm, Friday 10 March 2023.
  • Applications will be heard by the Assessment Committee on 20 April 2023.

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 Creative.Communities@waidc.govt.nz.

Complete the online application form

Related documents

Previous projects that have received funding

For example, the Creative Communities Scheme has recently awarded a grant for ‘The Raglan Lyricist Lounge sessions’ to support a dynamic series of vocalist-focused workshops, offering creative writing and performance skills exploration and development for youth.  Our Creative Communities Scheme has also awarded a grant to Toi Ako Artspace in Te Kauwhata for a  Matariki Community Carving Festival.  To celebrate Matariki in Te Kauwhata and Meremere this community group is running a series of workshops each designed around the Māori traditions of pounamu, stone and soap carving.

It is through the Creative Communities Scheme that we advocate for and support projects and initiatives that celebrate our District’s identity through its arts activities.

Applications will only be considered when an application has been submitted. It will be considered by our Assessment Committee made up of eight people.

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