Successful Creative Community Scheme applicants 17 May 2019 Congratulations to all the local art groups and creative projects across the Coromandel that have been awarded funding in the last round of the Creative Communities Scheme. 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. “Again, this round of the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) fund was significantly over-subscribed by our District’s creatives, with Thames-Coromandel being recognised by Creative New Zealand as one of Waikato’s two highly-active arts hotspots; Raglan being the second,” says Jan Wright, Creative Coromandel Board Chair. Supported by our Mayor Sandra Goudie, Creative Coromandel is lobbying Creative New Zealand for a fairer assessment of our District’s permanent population upon which the pool of funds for each biannual CCS round is based. “It is hoped that this, combined with an anticipated overall national increase in CCS funding by Creative New Zealand, will see more money available to support the many arts projects within our community.” Here are the successful applicants from the last funding round: Applicant name Project Amount granted Hauraki E! (Project Aroha Ltd) Teach and pass on local weaving knowledge, revitalising community knowledge base $2,000 St George's Community Choir Participate in massed choir performance of Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” $1,200 Whitianga Art Group Inc. Tuia 250 - Art exhibition $993 Coromandel Players Inc. 'Last Legs' a play by Roger Hall $302 Mercury Bay Big Band Inc. Original compositions for Tuia 250 $1,000 NZ Choral Federation Sing creation $1,500 Mercury Bay Community Choir Tuia Encounters 250 - Premier performance of Charles Royal Tuia composition $2,000 Watch this Space Coromandel Connect the artists $1,500 Coromandel Art Group Painting workshop $200 Pastel Artists Coromandel Tricia Taylor workshop $268 Mercury Bay Area School Performing Arts workshop $1,200 The next round will be open from 2-27 September 2019. 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. For more information on the scheme and application forms see our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/ccs.