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Arts and cultural ideas sought for Creative Communities Scheme

Tuesday March 5 2019

Applications are now open for the Creative Communities Funding Scheme.

Photo shows girl lying down and reading a book in the garden.

A photo by Maureen Jensen of The Seated Photographers, one of the funding recipients of last year’s Creative Communities Scheme.

Have you got some bright ideas to make our city an arts powerhouse?

We are searching for the next batch of arts-focused plans that will help make our city more creative and exciting. Groups and individuals seeking to fund local arts and cultural projects are encouraged to apply.

A partnership between Creative New Zealand and Council, the Creative Communities Scheme supports a wide range of arts and cultural projects such as theatre, poetry, music, dance, Ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts, filmmaking, writing, literature and crafts.

Previous funding recipients represent a string of successful arts projects. One of these is a photo exhibition featuring images taken by people in wheelchairs. From Where I Sit is a project of The Seated Photographers, whose aim is to show a view of life from their perspective. The funding they received from the Council’s Creative Communities Scheme was used to premiere their exhibit in Palmy last year. They have since gone on to tour and showcased their exhibition in other parts of New Zealand.

“The funding absolutely helped us fulfil our dream. It’s good for getting people with disabilities back into the arts and Palmy is a fabulous place for that,” says Maureen Jensen, founder of The Seated Photographers. “Not only did we get the funding but we also got the advice and the support.”

Debbie Duncan, PNCC General Manager – Community, says the funding scheme welcomes applications from our city’s diverse communities.

“We want to support projects and activities that celebrate our culture, our communities, and our diversity. Anyone with an idea to contribute to our city’s thriving arts and cultural scene should consider applying.”

Projects must meet at least one of three criteria:

  • Access and participation – a project that will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in local arts activities.
  • Diversity – a project that will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities.
  • Young people – a project that will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and participate in the arts.

Apply now

The funding round is currently open and will close Monday 1 April 2019. Applications can be submitted online. Guidelines can also be accessed on our website.

For further information, contact Rebecca Hofmann, Community Funding Coordinator, and Gillian Tasker, Arts Coordinator, at You may also phone 06 356 8199.