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This page contains information about the Creative Communities Scheme in Whangarei District.

Updated: 14/08/2016 10:21 p.m.
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The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) helps to fund local arts projects.

Each year Creative New Zealand provides CCS funding to councils to distribute in their areas. The CCS for Whangarei District is administered by Whangarei District Council.

Allocation of CCS grants in Whangarei District is undertaken by an independent committee comprising of Council and community representatives.

The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within their specific geographical area, as well as for defined communities of interest.

Under the scheme, "the arts" is defined as "all forms of creative and interpretative expression".

Next funding round

Round 1 of the 2016-2017 Creative Communities Scheme fund closed Friday 12 August 2016.

Round 2 opens in January 2017 - please check back then for application forms. In the meantime, refer to the guidelines below for eligibility criteria.

Download the Creative Communities Scheme guidelines:

Support with your application

Council offers support to help you apply to the Community Fund in the form of guidelines and templates, workshops, and one-to-one assistance.


If you require any assistance or would like to discuss your application before you submit it, please contact the Community Funding Officer, phone +64 9 430 4200.

How much funding is available?

The available funding for 2016-2017 is $63,841.

There is no maximum you can apply for, but funding rounds are usually heavily oversubscribed, and most CCS grants are under $2,000.

Round 1 for 2016-2017 is open 1 July to 12 August 2016.

Round 2 for 2016-2017 is open January to March 2017.


If you require any assistance, or would like to discuss your application before you submit it, please contact the Community Funding Officer, phone +64 9 430 4200.  

Most recent grants: Round 2 2015-2016 

12 applications, requesting a total of more than $73,000 were received and considered by the Creative Communities Assessment Committee on 29 March 2016.

A total of $33,354 was granted to the following:

​Applicant ​Project ​Allocation
​Northland Craft Trust ​Matariki Taku Ahi ​$7,760
​Sistema Whangarei - Toi Akorangi ​'Open Book' community protographic project ​$2,000
​Northland Youth Theatre ​NYT Birthday Celebrations - exhibitions and performances ​$2,489
​Te Kowhai Print Trust ​Printapalooza II ​$2,500
​Northland Ballet and Dance Inc ​Whangarei Annual Dance Workshop 2016 ​$2,000
​Piet Nieuwland ​Fast Fibres Poetry 3 - publication ​$2,000
​Rotary Club of Whangarei South ​Rembrandt Remastered exhibition ​$8,000
​Northable Disability Services ​LYNKZ Northland Beaches and Recycling art classes and exhibition ​$1,500
​Waipu Business and Promotions Group ​Waipu in Tartan 2016 ​$1,500
​Rob Mokaraka and Erina Daniels ​'Shot Bro - Confessions of a Depressed Bullet' theatre production ​$2,000
​Girls' Brigade Inc ​Craft Day during Fonomarae 2017 ​$1,000
​Els van Drunen ​Art Hollandaise exhibition ​$605



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