Creative Communities Scheme

This scheme supports and encourages local arts activities.

Fund details

Closing date: Thursday 23 February 2023
Contact: Phil Railton-Jacks, Funding and Process Advisor:
Value: $130,000 to allocate through two funding rounds each year. See past allocations (266KB PDF)

About the fund

This funding is administered by Council and is from Creative New Zealand (CNZ),

Around 70% of CNZ’s income (and this funding) comes from proceeds of the New Zealand Lottery. 


Projects seeking funding from this scheme should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Participation – the project creates opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities.
  • Diversity – the project supports the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of local communities.
  • Young people – the project enables and encourages young people (under 18 years) to engage with and participate in the arts.

To be eligible for funding, projects must take place within the Wellington city rate-paying area (includes Tawa, but not Lower and Upper Hutt or Porirua). Projects already receiving Creative New Zealand funding are not eligible. Contact a Funding Advisor if you intend to apply to the Creative Communities Scheme and any CreativeNZ fund.

To find out more about these criteria, see the application guide:

Apply for the fund

You can apply for the Creative Communities fund through our Funding Portal.

Go to the Funding Portal


Contact us

Arts Team


Phil Railton-Jacks, Funding and Process Advisor