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Creative Communities Scheme funding closing soon

27 March 2019

Could your arts group or creative project use a helping hand? Applications for the Creative Communities Scheme close this Friday 29 March.

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This round of funding is for projects that will take place between 29 March 2019 and 1 March 2020.

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.

The Board members were pleased with the calibre of applications last year, which represented a wide range of art mediums, with an increase in Toi Maori (Maori art) applications. Twenty applications were received with a total of $61,022.08 requested, however the Board only had funds of $12,162.50 available.

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 was appreciative of the effort that applicants in the last funding round had made and noted the following general guidance 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.

If you apply and want to speak to the Board about your application but can’t make the journey, we offer an interactive platform for those who live outside of Thames.

Here are the successful applicants from last funding round in October 2018:

Applicant name Project title Amount granted
Jennifer Hawkeswood Heritage Art Festival 2019 $1,000
Paula McNeill Dr Carole Sheppard - Multi-Plate Printing $352.50 
Emma Louise Mudgway and Kenzie Sampson Grawhiti Fest (working title) $2,000 
Te Moana Takiri Harrison Tupapaku Whariki $1,000 
The Coromandel Music Society Inc Annual Outdoor Concert $500
Peter Sephton Barry Brickell Play with Clay Day $600 
Colville Social Services Collective Colville Community Arts Festival   $1,500 
Matt Sephton Coromandel Characters $500 
Thames South School Thames South School Mural $460.00 
Driving Creek Railway Conservation Trust "Weaving a personal story of Art, Engineering & Conservation" - Barry Brickell Exhibition $500 
Nga Uri A Maata Ngapo Chariable Trust – The Pou Ihu on The Mahau of the Marae $1,000
WTS (Watch This Space) Coromandel Open Studio Arts Tour - Artist Guide, Website and promotion $1,000
Pastel Artists Coromandel Jacquie Ellis Workshop $250 
Thames Music and Drama Incorporated Youth Drama Workshops $1,500 
   TOTAL: 12162.50

The Board will assess the applications on Wednesday 1 May and a second round will be determined later this year.

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