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 2 of funding for 2022 is open from 01 July 2022 and closes 01 August 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 2021/2022 Round 1 funds were awarded to the following applicants:

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