Almost $25,000 funding available for local arts initiatives

Almost $25,000 funding available for local arts initiatives

Applications are being sought for the next funding round of the Creative Communities Scheme which closes on 6 March 2018.

“With nearly $25,000 available for new arts projects in the community, this is a fantastic opportunity for locals with an artistic passion to make their dreams a reality,” says local Creative Communities Scheme administrator Julie Parsons.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local arts projects so that all New Zealanders can be involved in, support or attend a wide range of events including dance, literature, Māori, crafts, film, music, Pacific arts, theatre and visual arts.

In the last funding round 20 local arts initiatives received grants with more than $31,000 being distributed, ranging in value from $400 to $3,000. Successful projects included theatre projects, kapa haka, youth programmes, a wide range of art workshops including prints, wood, clay, bronze, portraits and cartoons and music events.

Applications must be for arts projects which have not yet started and which will be completed within 12 months of receiving funding. Previous applicants are welcome to apply, but will only be considered if their end-of-project accountability reports have been received.

Applications can be downloaded from and completed applications should be emailed to by 6 March 2018, or posted to Julie Parsons at Rotorua Museum, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua, 3046.

For more information go to or contact Julie Parsons.