Creative Communities Scheme - Arts Fund

Creative New Zealand (CNZ)

CNZ has developed guidance for how the COVID-19 Protection Framework relates to the art sector.

FAQs /traffic-lights-and-the-arts-sector

CNZ has also developed guidance around the current support available for the arts community.

FAQs support-for-arts-community

Round 1 of funding for 2022 is open from 01 February 2022 and closes 01 March 2022 4.30pm.

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 applying for Creative Communities Scheme funding 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 2020/2021 Round 2 funds were awarded to the following applicants:

Applicant Project Approved
Dargaville Arts Association  Kaipara Arts Awards $5,406.28
Dargaville Community Cinema Charitable Trust Māori Film Festival  $2,400.00
Lucina Orr Forgotten Details of the Kaipara $2,500.00
Northern Wairoa Maritime & Pioneer Museum Inc What the Camera Saw $1,595.52
Te Kopuru School Board of Trustees Matariki celebrations $1,400.00
White Rock Gallery Delightfully Decadent Decoupage workshops $1,593.00

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