About the Creative Communities Scheme

About the Creative Communities Scheme

Local art groups and creative projects across the Coromandel Peninsula are being offered a helping hand with funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The scheme, backed by Creative New Zealand, aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria.

Your project must meet one or more of the following funding criteria:

  • Access and Participation - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts. 
The types of projects or activities that could be funded
  • Exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.
  • Activities that support the traditions and arts of ethnic communities.
  • Youth arts events
  • Artist-led projects involving local communities
  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Personnel costs for one-off, short-term projects
  • Promotion and publicity of arts activities
  • School-based projects that are outside of the school’s normal activities and provide opportunities for community participation or benefits to the wider community are also eligible.

We administer the funding based on decisions made by a Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board (Assessment Panel) made up of representatives from across the Thames-Coromandel District.

He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel 

The He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel is responsible for advancing the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Strategy, including supporting the priorities from action plans between tangata whenua, arts communities and community boards, and leveraging funding from local, regional and national sources. The He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel has the role of establishing an assessment committee and distributing funding from Creative New Zealand under the Creative Communities Scheme.