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Creative Communities

Due to the Delta lockdown, the deadline for applications to the Creative Communities Scheme has been extended until Thursday 30 September.

The Creative Communities Fund is a partnership between Council and Creative New Zealand that helps to fund community-based arts activities in the Manawatu District area.

Funding Rounds

There are two funding rounds per year. The deadlines are 28 February and 31 August. The next funding round opens on Monday, 2 August.


To get funding through the Creative Communities Fund, your arts project must do at least one of the following:

  • Create opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities
  • Support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities
  • Enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts.

For examples, download the Creative Communities Application Guide (309KB pdf).

Your project must also:

  • take place within the city or district where the application is made
  • be completed within 12 months of funding being approved
  • not have started or finished before CCS funding is approved.

How to apply

If you would like to discuss your project, we can answer any questions you may have before you submit your application. Please contact Janine Hawthorn on 06 323 0000 or email

Creative Communities Application Form 2021 (167KB docx)

Creative Communities Application Form 2021 (373KB pdf)