Creative Communities Scheme

Creative Communities Scheme Whanganui logo

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

River City Filipino Club

Dancers from the River City Filipino Club doing the Singkil Ensemble

Image of River City Filipino Club Singkil Ensemble dancers

Whanganui Zinefest, 2022


The Flow Collective album recording

The Flow Collective recording their concert and live album in the Royal Whanganui Opera House

Flow album recording

Dance and Arts Therapy New Zealand workshops

Dance and arts therapy NZ

House Book

Best entry winner for the Librarian's Nightmare workshops and exhibition led by Esther Topfer and Kate Smith

House book

Children's painting workshop along Cross Street

Children’s painting workshop along Cross Street

Application dates

Open: Monday, 19 August 2024
Close: 12 noon, Thursday, 19 September 2024
For projects that take place between 7 October 2024 to 7 October 2025

Application process

Crafting your project

When project planning, we recommend reading the Creative Communities application guide(PDF, 2MB). It contains helpful information that is important to consider such as eligibility criteria and details to include in your application. Download a low ink/printer-friendly version of the guide here(PDF, 156KB).

It is preferred you discuss your project plans with the Creative Community Advisor before submitting your application. They can clarify any questions you may have and advise on how to best frame your ideas on paper.

Information is also available in a range of languages below.

Submitting your application

You may choose one of the following three methods to submit your application(DOC, 522KB).

  • Post
    You may complete an application form and post it to:
    Attn: Creative Community Advisor
    Whanganui District Council, PO Box 637, Whanganui 4541

  • Online
    An online version of the form will be available on the fund opening date.

Please ensure the required support material is enclosed with your application.

For further information on this fund, email the Creative Community Advisor. 

Recent grant recipients

Community Music Aotearoa Charitable Trust

$1019.10 for Music Wānanga for rural schools

Dance and Arts Therapy New Zealand

$3093.83 for Dance 4 Us Whanganui

DIY Comedy

$2000 for The Little Whanganui Comedy Fest

Hello Comedy

$1740 for Whanganui Kids Comedy Show

Pride Whanganui

$2500 for Pride Art Exhibitions

Sport Whanganui

$2350 for Art in the Park mural

The Community Led Development Trust

$3065 for TCLT Whanganui River Dance and Music Wānanga

Wanganui Embroidery Guild

$750 for Persian Paisley Workshops

Whanganui Camera Club

$1574.07 for Photography Exhibition

Whanganui Musicians Club

$3000 for 2024 Songwriting Competition