Funding Available for Local Arts Projects

21 February 2014

If you working on an arts project that will take place in Wellington City and need help to make it happen then you can apply for funding from the Creative Communities Scheme. Creative New Zealand in partnership with the Wellington City Council allocates $115,000 in funding per annum over two funding rounds.

Dancers perform on stage at Diwali.


Councillor Ray Ahipene Mercer sits on the panel made up of local artists and experts that decide which projects get funded and says, “there is a long list of projects that we have supported through this fund; exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts, dance, performance, visual arts, music, arts education, Toi Māori, literary workshops, digital storytelling, and many other opportunities for creative participation can be supported.”

Under the criteria projects must have broad community involvement, support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities or enable and encourage young people to engage and participate in the arts.

Last year the Creative Communities Scheme contributed to over 50 local arts projects including the Aro Valley Fair 2014, the popular Diwali Festival, The Tempest off Somes Island, Colours of Futuna Concert Series, Wellington People's Cinema, Breaker Bay Community Choir and Vincent’s Workshop Annual Exhibition.

Natasha Petkovic-Jeremic, City Arts Manager says, “the Wellington’s Creative Community Scheme brings communities together, encourages people to get involved in the arts and contributes to the diverse creative offerings of this city.”

Applications for the Creative Communities Scheme close at 12 midnight 28 February 2014.

To apply: Creative Communities