Creative Communities Scheme - Arts Fund

The fund is NOW open for applications 01 February 2021, closing 01 March 2021 at 4:30PM.  The second funding round will open for applications, 01 July 2021 - 02 August 2021.

The Creative Communities Scheme provides funding for communities to be involved in local arts activities. The funding supports a wide range of arts projects. Read the Creative Communities Scheme brochure to see if your project is able to be funded and how to make an application.  

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

The 2020/2021 Round 1 funds were awarded to the following applicants:

Applicant  Project Approved
Baylys Beat African Drum and Dance workshop – a series $2,000.00
Dargaville Arts Association Inc Paint and Sip $1,658.50
Maungaturoto Residents Association Maungaturoto Residents Association
Maungaturoto Christmas Parade and Festival
Oliver Knox TokaFest 2021 $2,154.70
Otamatea Kauri and Pioneer Museum Board Creating with Kauri Maker Series No2 Jewellery $1,800.00
Tinopai School Tinopai School Holiday Arts Program $1,800.00