Community Funding open to arts initiatives

Published on 14 April 2021

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Funding is now available for community-based arts initiatives, from craft workshops to theatre productions, to cultural events and community murals – projects that encourage participation in all forms of art.

This year’s first round of Whangarei Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) funded by Creative New Zealand, and administered by Council, is open for applications until 1 June 2021 and Council is looking for diverse and new applicants.

Community Funding

“The aim of the scheme is to improve access to and participation in the arts at the community level,” said Council’s General Manager, Community, Sandra Boardman.

“Individuals and community groups wishing to deliver a project in Whangārei can apply for grants up to $10,000 and we are happy to work with people who might not be veterans at these kinds of applications. 

“In the hope of attracting a wider range of applicants we will be holding funding clinics for those with a project in mind and might be considering applying for funding.

“I would encourage anyone interested to come along to the clinic to discuss their project in depth with one of our Creative Communities Scheme grants assessors and get expert advice for making a good application”, Mrs Boardman said.

Creative Communities Scheme clinics

Creative Northland and Creative New Zealand are also great sources of advice and assistance for people planning an arts project or initiative.

Recent Whangārei projects funded through the Creative Community Scheme have included Firebirds Northland Potters pottery classes for beginners and IHC NZ music programme for people with an intellectual disability.

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