Tararua District Creative Communities Funding Scheme for arts-based projects

Published 28 Aug 2023

Looking for funding for your arts-based project? This year there are two funds, the regular Creative Communities Fund for all art forms, and the Creative Communities Festival Fund.

Creative Communities Fund
Last year a total of over $30,000 was allocated to 15 awesome arts-based projects in Tararua. Applications for this round are now open for painting, carving, dance, singing, kapa haka, video, raranga, music, or anything else to do with art - Creative Communities can assist you hold your event or project!

Creative Communities Festival Fund
This is a one-off grant to support established festivals that celebrate the life experiences, stories, cultures and regional identities of New Zealanders, that continue to be impacted by the effects of COVID-19 in 2023.

All standard Creative Communities Scheme guidelines and eligibility requirements apply to this fund.

A festival involves an integrated programme of events and activities featuring one or more artforms, from any cultural tradition, that takes place within a defined area or region over a designated period of time.

An established festival has been delivered at least once in the previous five years (this may include digital presentation).

The applications for both funds close 30 September and are for projects that will be held 10 October 2023 to 21 October 2024.

For further information, call the Creative Communities Adminstrator - Carole Wilton 06 376 0217 or email

Application forms are available online: Community Funding | Tararua District Council (tararuadc.govt.nz)

Please use the same form for both funds, if you are applying for the festival fund please put ‘Festival’ in
the title of the application form.