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.

Applications for round two of the Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme for 2019/20 are now open. 

Due to the COVID-19 situation dates for the current Whanganui Creative Communities funding round have been pushed out - the round is now for projects that will take place between 13 June 2020 and 13 June 2021.

Applications for round two will now close at 12 noon on Thursday, 14 May 2020.

Please be aware that these dates are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 Alert Level status at the time. Come back to this website for updates or email the Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme administrator if you have any questions about the process or concerns as to how the current situation will impact on your project.


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

Creative Communities Scheme application form

All applications must be made on the official form which  can be downloaded below or if you need a hard copy these will be available from Council Customer Services, 101 Guyton Street once we reopen.  

  • All applications must be made on the official form available as a word document(DOC, 529KB) and as a pdf(PDF, 686KB)
  • Print off and use the PDF version for handwritten applications
  • Instructions on how to complete the application form as a word document are contained within the document

Please use the application guide(PDF, 436KB) when completing your application. It will help you to apply for CCS funding and to complete the application form.

Recent funding recipients

The following organisations and individuals received funding in Round 1 for 2019/20:

 Ken Chernoff $3250 for Whanganui Celebrates International Jazz Day
 Brit Bunkley and Andrea Gardner $2200 for Peaceable Kingdom (Whanganui) project
 The Guyton Group Trust $3000 for James K Baxter project
 Bason Botanic Gardens Trust $2500 for Shakespeare in the Park 2020
 Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre $2500 for Iconic Whanganui Murals project
 Awa Puoro $2250 for Te Haa o Te Mauri Puoro project
 Sonia Forsey $3000 for Durie Hill Village Mural project
 Impact Entertainment Ltd $600 for Impact Pro Wrestling: Whanganui Warfare
 Little Green Man Productions $2500 for Matariki Glow Show

For more information please contact