Arts and cultural activities can receive support through national funding scheme

Tararua is a creative community where the arts are nurtured and encouraged with funding available to enhance specific projects.

Creative Communities New Zealand has increased funding available to the Tararua District Council’s Creative Communities Scheme to $25,740 a year for the next three years, an increase on the previous allocation of $17,798.

Applications for this year’s grants open on Thursday, August 1 and close at 5pm on Friday, August 30, with applications welcome for projects which take place within the Tararua District between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. There is no limit to how much you can apply for, but most grants tend to be under $2000.

Carole Wilton, the administrator for the Tararua Creative Communities Scheme, is urging potential applicants to attend a special workshop to be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30pm at the Tararua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 45 Vogel Street, Woodville. Please RSVP by Friday, August 9 to or phone 0800 TARARUA (827 278).

“There are certain criteria applicants must meet and attending the workshop will help ensure a smoother process by giving them a good understanding of what they need to put in their application,” she said.

Previous successful applications have come from Tararua REAP for art-related courses, the Dannevirke Theatre Company, Pahiatua Repertory Society and the Dannevirke Art Society and occasionally schools have received grants for specific art projects, Carole said.

To be eligible for funding through the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) your arts project must support at least one of the following, creating opportunities for our communities to engage with and participate in local arts activities, supporting the diverse artistic cultural traditions of our community and enabling young people (under 18) to engage and participate in the arts.

Individuals or groups can apply for CCS funding, but if you have already received funding in a previous round for a project, you must complete a report on that project before making another application.

If you have questions please contact Carole, our local CCS administrator at or phone 0800 TARARUA (827 278).

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