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

Open: Monday,17 July 2023
Close: 12 noon on Friday,18 August 2023
For projects that take place between 11 September 2023 to 11 September 2024

Festival Fund

With this current funding round, Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme has opted to receive one-off additional funding from Creative New Zealand to support local community festivals.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must demonstrate their festival:

  1. Aligns with the general eligibility criteria of Creative Communities Scheme (page 1 and 2 of application guide)
  2. Is ‘established’; meaning it has been delivered at least once in the previous five years. This includes digital presentations.
  3. Involves an integrated programme of events and activities featuring one or more artforms from any cultural tradition, that takes place within a defined area or region over a designated period of time.

Festivals can apply for operational, commissioning, development, and presentation costs. There is no maximum amount a single festival can apply for, but grants for Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme usually range between $500 and $4000.

A strong application will demonstrate how your festival:

  1. Celebrates the life experiences, stories, cultures of New Zealanders.
  2. Improves access, equity and arts participation.
  3. Provides opportunities for the development of a resilient and sustainable arts sector.

For more information on the Creative Communities Scheme Festival Fund, contact the Creative Community Advisor.

Application process

Crafting your project

When project planning, we recommend reading the Creative Communities application guide(PDF, 420KB). It contains helpful information that is important to consider such as eligibility criteria and details to include in your application.

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.

A current application form can be found as a Word document(DOC, 540KB) or fillable PDF(PDF, 3MB)

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.

  • Post
    You may complete an application form(DOC, 540KB) and post it to:
    Attn: Creative Community Advisor
    Whanganui District Council, PO Box 637, Whanganui

  • Online
    Apply online here

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 

Airini Beautrais and Brydee Rood

$1500 for Rumex Connexions

Andy Dolling

$1260 for A Great Raw

Carrissa Brown

$400 for The Music n Me

Community Drumming Whanganui

$700 for Drumming and Song Workshop

Dance & Arts Therapy New Zealand

$4000 for Dance 4 Us Whanganui

DIY Comedy

$2635 for Live @ Porridge Watson Comedy Nights

Kate Smith and Esther Topfer

$2689 for What can you do with a book?

Little Green Man Productions

$3649 for Wonderland Glow Show

Lotus Women’s Group

$2293 for Diwali 2023

Pakohe Papers

$3275 for Stencil Magic

Patiarero Marae

$3000 for Korowai Wānanga

Toirere Designs

$1502 for Raranga Rongoa

Whanganui Performing Arts

$2161 for Heathers – Teen Production

Whanganui Repertory Theatre

$1586 for The Lion in Winter Production

Whanganui Musicians Club

$3900 for Song Writing – Get Taped 2