Creative Communities

This fund provides funding for groups involved in the arts. The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Creative New Zealand (the national arts development agency) and local councils in New Zealand.

The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activties within their specific geographical areas.


Who can apply?

An application can be from either a group or an individual. Individual applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

If you have previously received funding under the Creative Communities Scheme, either as an individual or as part of a group, you must have completed a project report for the earlier project before any further applications from you will be considered.

Two funding rounds are held each year, and are advertised in the local paper in May and November each year.

See Document Downloads to download your application form.


Can my project get funding?

The project must:

  • have an arts or creative cultural focus
  • meet one or more of the three funding criteria (see below)
    • be completed within 12 months after funding is approved
    • benefit local communities
    • take place within the city or district where the application is made, or benefit local communities within that city or district
    • not have started before funding is approved
    • not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand's contestable funding programme for the same purpose
    • not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand's multi-year funding programme


Funding Criteria

Your project must meet one or more of the following funding criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.


Talk to us

For information on the Creative Communities Scheme please contact us.