Creative Communities Scheme - Arts Fund

Round 1 funding applications have now closed.  Round 2 funding applications open on 01 July.

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 Application Guide 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

2023 Funding Dates

Round 1 applications open on 01 February and close at 4.30pm on 01 March.

Round 2 applications open on 01 July and close at 4.30pm on 31 July.


  1. Application form - Round 1
  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 2021/2022 funding rounds were awarded as follows:

Round 2

Applicant Project Approved
Dargaville Arts Association  Ceramic Arts Workshop $2,889.83
Everybody is a Treasure Trust Kaipara District Visual Poetry Jam       $2,800.00
Kaipara Arts Awards Committee 2022      Kaipara Arts Award 2022 $6,976.83
Kumarani Productions Trust Dargaville Fire and Circus Jam $2,515.00
Mangawhai Artists - application 1 Give It A Go workshop $2,000.00
Mangawhai Artists - application 2 Life Drawing Group $150.00
Mangawhai Artists - application 3 Print Making Group $656.94
Maungaturoto Country Club Withdrawn $219.14
Oliver Knox Tokafest 2023 $3,372.00
Otamatea Repertory Theatre Inc. The Revlon Girl $400.00
  Total awarded     $21,979.74

Round 1

Applicant Project Approved
Bill Hyland Community Centre Baylys Beach Community Creative Workshops $7,830.00
Dargaville Arts Association Waimarie - Kohaku/Korowai weaving $2,682.10
Dargaville Arts Association Ceramics and pottery workshops $2,811.65
Chases Gorge Camp Club Chases Gorge Club History Book $1,800.00
David Gunson Mangroves Promotional Concept Trailer $2,950.00
Judy Stokes Creativity Strengthens Us workshops $1,700.00
Lions Club of Ruawai Lions Club of Ruawai - Mural Project $3,335.06
Mangawhai Arts Inc. Have a Go Day $2,000.00
Mary Hurley-Brown Raranga-Purakau Weaving Stories $1,530.00
Dargaville Little Theatre Youth Theatre productions $4,683.00
  Total awarded $31,321.81