Creative Communities Scheme

The next funding round is Jul/Aug.

Do you have a creative and inspiring idea for a local community art activity this year? We'd like to hear from you! We're calling for applications for the Creative Communities Scheme - a fund aimed at supporting arts activities that celebrate Kāpiti culture, community involvement, and celebrating our diversity, particularly Toi Māori/Māori Arts. 
The next funding round is Jul/Aug, so watch this space!
About the scheme

The arts of New Zealand are flourishing in our culturally diverse communities - in rural communities, towns and cities, and in a range of ways and places. Arts projects might be large and complex, involving many people or smaller-scale projects, just involving a few. Creative New Zealand is committed to supporting opportunities for New Zealanders to engage in the arts, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

Twice a year (February/March and August/September) we process applications for funding, which are approved by the Grants Allocations Committee. Creative New Zealand sets the criteria, and provide the standard application form and guide.

The three main funding criteria are:

  1. Broad community involvement – the project will create opportunities for our local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  2. Diversity – the project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of our local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  3. Young people – the project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

We particularly welcome applications that focus on Toi Māori/Māori Arts and projects encourage community participation.

Creative Communities guide and glossary

The Creative Communities application guide gives an overview of the scheme, the criteria, and eligibility.

The Creative Communities glossary provides definitions and explanations of some of the terms used in the application guide.

Creative Communities application form

Application form for the next round will be available soon.

More information

For more information and advice contact our Arts Advisor. It can be very helpful to ask for more information and advice well in advance of the applications closing date. 

You can print out your application form and send in by mail or hand it in to one of our libraries or service centres. Alternatively, submit by email (with a signed and scanned last page) to

For more information about this scheme and other funding opportunities visit Creative New Zealand.

Project report form

If you receive funding, you'll need to complete a project report form. Please make sure you complete all sections.