Almost $27,000 funding available for local arts initiatives

Friday, 17 February 2017

Applications are being sought for the next funding round of the Creative Communities Scheme which closes on 6 March 2017.

“With nearly $27,000 available for new arts projects in the community, this is a fantastic opportunity for locals with an artistic passion to make their dreams a reality,” says local Creative Communities Scheme administrator Julie Parsons.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local arts projects so that all New Zealanders can be involved in, support or attend a wide range of events including dance, literature, Māori, crafts, film, music, Pacific arts, theatre and visual arts.

In the last funding round 17 local arts initiatives received grants with more than $24,000 being distributed, ranging in value from $400 to $2,000. Successful projects included a Māori weaving resource book, music and craft workshops, exhibitions, theatre projects, music events and more.

Applications must be for arts projects which have not yet commenced and will be completed within 12 months of funding. Previous applicants are welcome to apply, but will only be considered if their end of project accountability reports have been received.

Applications can be downloaded from Search on Creative Communities Scheme.

Applications should be emailed to by the 6 March 2017, or posted to Julie Parsons at Rotorua Museum, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua, 3046.

For more information go to or contact Julie Parsons.

Projects funded in the September 2016 grant round:
Anna Hayes – Māori Weaving Resource Book
Anthony J & Stephen A Pope – Student Art Exhibitions
Big Picture Minor Deets – Simone Walker Flatmate Wanted Season 1 Web Series
Jill Walker Travelling Tuataras Sky Art Project – Linton Park Community
Maranatha SDA Fellowship Church Tere Piua – Mama Ake’s Cook Islands Crafts Workshop
Robert Fugah – West African Drumming Workshop
Rotorua Highland Pipe Band – Central North Island Pipe Band Championships
Rotorua Little Theatre, Jennifer Wicks – Drama Kids Rotorua
Rotorua Safer Families – Creative Cultural Arts Workshops (E Tū Whānau & White Ribbon)
St Chads Communication Centre – Furniture Revitalisation and Fence Art
Te Kotahitanga O Te Arawa Waka – Free Bilingual Children’s Story Book
Te Waiariki Purea Trust Kuirau House – Youth Graffiti Art Refresh
The Arts Village – Art in the Park
The Arts Village – Open Studios
The New Zealand Cuban Festival Trust – Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2017
Toro Pikopiko Puppets – Rock-Art Puppetry Workshops
Kharl Wirepa – OHO Fashion Show 2017


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