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Funding available for local arts groups and projects

31 August 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 28 September 2018.

This round of funding is for projects that will take place between 30 September 2018 and 30 September 2019.

Successful applicants from this year's earlier funding round were:

  • Thames Public Art Trust - to produce a short film documenting the progress and installation of sculptures along the Kopu-Thames section of the Hauraki Rail Trail
  • Watch this Space Coromandel  - to make a five-minute feature video celebrating the Coromandel Arts Tour
  • Arts Collective Whangamata - for art exhibitions, demonstration, musicians and workshops 
  • Thames Music Group to present six public concerts in 2018/19 
  • Saint Georges Community Choir, Thames - to plan three performances of 'The Armed Man' to commemorate the WW1 Centennial 
  • Thames Christmas Wonderland - for the Thames community Christmas display 
  • Steampunk the Thames - to provide community workshops throughout the year that will demonstrate different artistic disciplines 
  • Offbeat Theatre Company - to bring an expert tutor to teach youth and adults in acting and theatre techniques 
  • Mercury Bay Art Escape - for a fair for local artists and crafts people to display, demonstrate and sell their products
  • Mercury Bay Community Choir (MBCC) - to obtain funding for combined concerts 
  • 10 Artists - for an exhibition of original art and workshops
  • Mercury Bay Area School - for a film-making workshop and discussion group for students years 10-13 
  • Thames Music and Drama - for a major production 
  • Creative Mercury Bay Trust - to deliver 10 arts events between July and November

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

The Creative Coromandel - He Mana Toi Moehau Trust Board, made up of representatives from across the Coromandel, administers the Creative Communities Scheme funds on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

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.

The Board were appreciative of the effort that applicants in the last round had made and noted the following general comments for this round of applicants:

  • Provide dates for events.
  • Provide the name of the tutor and a briefing on each one.
  • Remember the timing of the projects e.g. projects that start before the date of the funding round cannot be considered.
  • Advise if the project will still go ahead if a portion of the funding request is granted.
  • Cross-check any budget figures that are provided.
  • Consider the eligibility criteria as set out in the applicants guide.
  • Please do not be confined by the space provided for each question in the application form. Provide as much detail as possible about your event even if it means you supply extra pages with the application.

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