Creative Communities Scheme

Funding to increase participation in community arts initiatives. Find closing dates, criteria and the application form.

Creative New Zealand fully fund the grants and Tasman District Council administers them locally.

Application form and guide   

Get the details and apply now 

How to use the application form

  • Download:Creative Communities Scheme Application Form  [DOCX, 90 KB]  
  • Do not enter any text yet. Save the form to your computer. 
  • Close your internet program (browser) and open the pdf from your machine, where you saved it. 
  • You can now work on the application at your own pace, just save as you go. 

Hard copy application forms are available at Tasman District Council offices and libraries.

How often

There are three rounds per year. Closing dates are:

  • 10 March
  • 10 July
  • 10 November

Funding criteria

Projects must meet one or more of the following funding criteria:

Broad community involvement
The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.

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.

Selection process

A Council appointed assessment committee made up of local councillors and community members considers all applications and apportions available funds accordingly.

Note: Not all arts activities are funded. Please read the guide to ensure your project meets the criteria

Accountability/Progress reporting

An accountability form must be submitted on completion of your project or a progress report if your project is ongoing. Reporting dates are as follows: 

  • For the March funding round the reporting date is 30 November.
  • For the July funding round the reporting date is 31 March the following year.
  • For the November funding round the reporting date is 31 July the following year.

Download a copy of the Accountability form here. (pdf 167 KB)

Download the logo

You can download the Creative Communities logo to use on your publicity material. 

Further information

For further information contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Tasman District Council

Or contact your local Community Arts Council:

Arts Council Nelson

PO Box 566, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4640
Web: link)

Motueka and Districts Community Arts Council

PO Box 121, Motueka
Phone: (03) 540 3219

Golden Bay Community Arts Council

PO Box 74, Tākaka
Phone: (03) 525 9556

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