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Performing Arts Fund

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This page contains information about Council's Performing Arts Fund.
Updated: 12/07/2016 10:26 a.m.

The purpose of the Performing Arts Fund is to assist not for profit community groups that are undertaking a major performing arts event which is aligned to Council’s Community Outcomes and that benefit the wider community or a sector of the community.

2016-2017 Performing Arts Fund round

The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Fund closed 8 July 2016. Decisions will be made 10 August 2016.

The next available round will be in July 2017.

How much funding is available?

$15,000 is available through the Performing Arts Fund each year. The maximum grant size is $5,000.

Who can apply? 

An application can be made from any not for profit group with legal status, or working under the umbrella of a group that meets these criteria. 


  • Must not have already received a grant from Council’s community funding in the current financial year (not including the Creative Communities Scheme).
  • Must not have a bad credit record.
  • Must display appropriate financial management and procedures.
  • Previous track record of funding from Council must be positive.
  • If you have previously received a grant from Council’s community funding, you must have completed a project report to account for the earlier funding before any further applications from you will be considered.

What projects will Council consider funding?

The Performing Arts Fund is to fund projects, not ongoing operational expenses.

The project/event must:

  • Have a performing arts focus (dance, music, opera, theatre).
  • Take place within the Whangarei District.
  • Contribute to one or more of Council’s Community Outcomes.
  • Benefit the wider community or a sector of the community.
  • Not have started before funding is approved.

The project/event must meet one or more of the following relevance criteria:

  • Provides a performance/event that would not otherwise occur.
  • Creates opportunities for local residents/communities to actively participate in the performing arts.
  • Encourages performing artists to the District.
  • Has a broad appeal to the ‘wider community’.
  • Attracts visitors to the District.
  • Generates economic benefit for the District.

Types of projects or activities that could be funded:

  • Venue hire.
  • Lighting and sound.
  • Publicity/advertising.
  • Materials (such as those required for making costumes, set construction).
  • One-off personnel costs (such as guest director, conductor or choreographer fees).

Types of projects or activities that are generally not funded:

  • Facility development/capital items (such as theatre lights, stage curtains, instruments or costumes).
  • Ongoing administration and service costs (such as salaries).
  • Catering costs or any food or refreshment costs associated with the event.
  • Travel and accommodation costs (such as airfares, petrol, vehicle hire, hotel costs).
  • Payment of royalties.
  • Prize monies, trophies or awards.
  • Fundraising activities or related costs.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Debt servicing.


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.  



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