Creative Communities Scheme - Arts Funding

The next round of Creative Communities Scheme funding will be open for applications on 01 August 2020 and closes 4.30pm 31 August 2020. 

The Creative Communities Scheme provides funding for communities to be involved in local arts activities. The funding supports a wide range of arts projects. 

Projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Access and Participation – the project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in local arts activities
  • Diversity – the project will support the diverse artistic, cultural traditions of local communities
  • Young people – the project will enable young people (under 18) to engage with and participate in the arts


  1. Application form
  2. Application guide
  3. Accountability form

Please email completed applications to: or post them to: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340.

Once applications close, applications are reviewed and the Committee meet to make their decisions. Following this applicants are notified of the outcome. Meeting dates for the committee (historical and upcoming) can be found on the meetings page.

Previous successful applicants are listed here. The 2019/2020 Round 2 funds were awarded to the following applicants:

Applicant Project Approved
Joanne Thomas Flexible Online Oil Painting Classes $4,241.00
Kauri Museum Northland Photography Awards $1,695.00
Mangawhai Museum and Historical Society Winter Series $779.82
Ripia Marae Story Telling at Ripia Marae $1,207.50
Te Kopuru School Marariki celebrations $1,065.00
Topaz Johnson Town mural in Paparoa $2,050.00
White Rock Gallery Painting workshops with Elena Nikolaeva $1,604.50