Creative Communities Scheme

Applications will open 31 August 2018 and close on 28 September 2018. The Committee will assess the applications on 24 October 2018.


About the Creative Communities Scheme

Local art groups and creative projects across the Coromandel Peninsula are being offered a helping hand with funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The scheme, backed by Creative New Zealand, aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria.

Your project 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.
  • Diversity - 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.

The types of projects or activities that could be funded include:

  • Exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.
  • Acitivites that support the traditions and arts of ethnic communities.
  • Youth arts events
  • Artist-led projects involving local communities
  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Personnel costs for one-off, short-term projects
  • Promotion and publicity of arts activities
  • School-based projects that are outside of the school’s normal activities and provide opportunities for community participation or benefits to the wider community are also eligible.

We administer the funding based on decisions made by a Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board made up of representatives from across the Thames-Coromandel District.


For Guidance and information regarding your application you are encouraged to contact an Advisory Board member from your community:

Diane Connors - THAMES (Elected member rep) (07) 868 9292
John Eaglen - COROMANDEL (07) 866 7488
Chris Stark - COROMANDEL  (029) 777 0265
Terry Walker - WHANGAMATA (021) 536 580
Bernie Ross - WHANGAMATA (027) 560 7430
Jane Parson - WHITIANGA (021) 228 6644
Jan Wright - WHITIANGA (027) 224 1927
Judy Elliot - TAIRUA/PAUNUI (027) 466 019
Vanessa Rare - Ngati Pu (022) 1001957
Rob Johnston - THAMES (021) 780 989


Contact details

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Mahon
Creative Communities Scheme Coordinator
Phone: +64 7 868 0200