Creative Communities Scheme

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The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Whanganui District Council and Creative New Zealand to promote local arts projects. 

Application dates for Round 2 2021/22
Open: Monday, 4 April 2022
Close: 12 noon, Friday, 6 May 2022
For projects that take place between June 2022 to June 2023

Application Process

Please read and use the application guide(PDF, 309KB). It contains information on funding criteria that are important to consider when completing your application form.  

All applications must be made on the official application form(DOC, 520KB).

All applications will be processed by the Creative Communities Scheme Administrator prior to assessment to ensure the required information is submitted. It may help to discuss your project plans with the Community Arts Coordinator prior to writing your application to understand how to best frame your project on paper.


These are available in several languages so you can easily find out more about what the scheme funds.

Recent funding recipients

The following organisations and individuals received funding in Round 1, 2021/22

Connected Media Trust

$1800 for Someday Workshop – Free Film-making

Dance & Arts Therapy NZ

$4000 for Dance 4 us Whanganui

DIY Comedy

$1700 for Live @ Porridge Watson and comedy workshops

Every Body is a Treasure Trust

$3500 for Visual Poetry Jam – phone photography workshop

Elizabeth de Vegt

$3000 for FLOW: Music and Poetry

Ken Chernoff

$2800 for International Jazz Day 2022

Ken Chernoff

$2000 for Living in the Music jam sessions

Lost Art Events

$2450 for Whare Toi at Sound Valley


$1500 for SpontaneoUS on tour – improvisation workshops

Te Kura o Te Wainui-ā-Rua

$2800 for Te Hitori o Te Kura o Te Wainui-ā-Rua mural

Terry Sarten

$900 for Songwriters Workshop and concert

Whanganui Creative Space

$2000 for NZ Native Botanicals group exhibition

Whanganui Zinefest

$1400 for Whanganui Zinefest 2022

If you would like advice on your application, please contact the Creative Communities Scheme Administrator via email: