Creative Communities Scheme

Applications will open on Monday 2 March 2020 and close on Friday 27 March 2020. The Committee will assess the applications on Wednesday 29 April 2020. A second round will occur in September 2020. Projects/Activities must be completed within 12 months of being advised their application has been successful.

If you apply and want to speak to the Board about your application but can’t make the journey, we offer an interactive platform for those who live outside of Thames.

Application Form

Please download the application form on the top right-hand side of the page in either a PDF version or Word Document. To use the interactive PDF form, first save it to your computer, then fill out the fields.

Once completed email your application to

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:

  • Broad community involvement - 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 include:

  • Exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.
  • Acitivites 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 made up of representatives from across the Thames-Coromandel District.

For Guidance and information regarding your application you are encouraged to contact an Advisory Board member from your community:

Rob Johnston - THAMES (021) 780 989
John Eaglen - COROMANDEL (07) 866 7488
Terry Walker - WHANGAMATA (021) 536 580
Bernie Ross - WHANGAMATA (027) 560 7430
Nikky Fisher - TANGATA WHENUA (021) 905 192
Jan Wright - WHITIANGA (027) 224 1927
Jude Elliot - TAIRUA/PAUANUI (027) 476 6019
Warwick Mather - COROMANDEL  

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Governance Team
Creative Communities Scheme Coordinator - Debra Bromley
Phone: +64 7 868 0200