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Funding available for local arts groups and projects

03 April 2018

Get a helping hand for your arts group or creative project through the Creative Communities Scheme. We're taking applications for the current funding round until Friday 27 April 2018.

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This round of funding is for projects that will take place up until 30 April 2019.

Successful applicants from last year's funding round include:

  • Coromandel Art Group to help pay for a one-day workshop with a tutor.
  • Artist Catherine Corcoran for a beach dance caravan.
  • Whangamata Arts Collective for their events: Big Arts Day Out, Harcourts challenge and youth awards.
  • Mercury Bay Art Escape towards its 2018 Artists Open Studios event.
  • Barry Brickell Committee towards commemorations for a Barry Brickell Doo Day.
  • Whangamata Summer Festival towards its Opera in the Park.
  • Kuaotunu Kindergarten Charitable Trust to help support its 25 Trees of Christmas.
  • Watch this Space group towards is Coromandel Open Studios Arts Tour.

In previous funding rounds, between $10,000 and $20,000 has been disbursed.

The Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board, made up of representatives from across the Coromandel, administers the Creative Communities Scheme funds on behalf of Creative New Zealand. Extra funding is available for those who have attended the Creative Waikato ARTillery workshops.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than the people undertaking the project. Applications need to meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible for the funding:

  • 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.

For more information on the scheme and application forms see our website

To learn more about the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board, including contact details, see