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 2020/21
Open: Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Closing date extended to: 12 noon Monday, 8 November 2021
For projects that take place between 26 November 2021 and 26 November 2022

Application Process

Please read and use the application guide(PDF, 664KB). It contains information on funding criteria that are important to consider when completing your application form.

All applications must be made on this official application form(DOCX, 107KB).

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 Creative Communities Scheme Administrator prior to writing your application to understand how to best frame your project on paper.

Please send your completed application to the Creative Communities Scheme Administrator, Anique Jayasinghe, by email on

Alternatively, you may post your hard-copy applications to:

Attn: Anique Jayasinghe
Creative Communities Scheme Administrator
Whanganui District Council
PO Box 637
Whanganui 4541


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 2, 2020/21


$3800 for NZSL interpretation of The Phantom of the Opera 2021

Glastonbury Dance Whanganui

$1477.71 for River City Dancesport Championships 2021

Katie Brown

$2040.23 for Brown & Co Children’s Art Programme

Little Green Man Productions

$3408.78 for Wonderland Glow Show!

Multicultural Council of Rangitikei/Whanganui

$2580 for Race Unity Week 2022

Whanganui Hispanic Arts Group

$2600 for 2021 Latin American and Spanish Fiesta Night

Whanganui Musicians Club

$2549.58 for Song writing Competition

Whangavegaz Extravaganza

$2811.67 for Ethnic Fashion Show & Wearable Arts

If you would like advice on your application, please contact Whanganui & Partners Community Arts Co-ordinator