Creative Communities Scheme

Funding to increase participation in community arts initiatives. Find closing dates, criteria and the application form.

Creative New Zealand fully fund the grants and Tasman District Council administer them locally.

How often

There are three rounds per year. Closing dates are:

  • 10 March
  • 10 July
  • 10 November

Funding criteria

Projects must meet one or more of the following funding criteria:

Broad community involvement
The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.

The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.

Young people
The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Selection process

A Council appointed assessment committee made up of local councillors and community members considers all applications and apportions available funds accordingly.

Note: Not all arts activities are funded. Please read the guide to ensure your project meets the criteria.

Application form and guide   

Application forms are available at Tasman District Council offices, Tasman District Libraries and can be dowloaded below.

Further information

For further information contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Tasman District Council

Or contact your local Community Arts Council:

Arts Council Nelson

PO Box 566, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4640
Web: link)

Motueka and Districts Community Arts Council

PO Box 121, Motueka
Phone: (03) 540 3219

Golden Bay Community Arts Council

PO Box 74, Takaka
Phone: (03) 525 9556

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