Creative Communities New Zealand Grants Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Creative New Zealand (the national arts development agency) and local councils in New Zealand.  Each council takes responsibility for delivering the scheme in its area.  Local decision-making is the key to the scheme: applications are considered by assessment committees with knowledge and experience of the arts in their area.


 2019-20 Application Form 


meeting dates (creative communities New Zealand Assessment committee )

Open Monday 28 January

Close Monday 25 February

Tuesday 19 March at 1 pm

Open Monday 12 August

Close Monday 9  September   

Tuesday  8 October at 1 pm


Purpose of the scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within their specific geographical area, as well as for defined communities of interest.  Under the scheme, “the arts” is defined as “all forms of creative and interpretative expression”.

Who can apply?

An application can be from an individual or from a group.  Individual applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.  If you’ve previously received funding under the Creative Communities Scheme, either as an individual or as a member of a group, you must have completed a project report for the earlier project before any further applications from you will be considered.