Creative Communities Scheme

Funding to support community arts & culture projects in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty

Applications open 10 August – Close 3 September 2020

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Free Funding Presentation
WHEN: Mon 24 August – 10.30-11.30am
WHERE: Te Puke Library

Free Funding Presentation
WHEN: Tue 25 August – 10.30-11.30am
WHERE: The Arts Junction, Katikati

Free Funding Presentation
WHEN: Wed 26 August – 2.00pm-3.00pm
WHERE: The Kollective, 17th Ave, Tauranga

Creative New Zealand spends over $3.2 million each year supporting around 1,800 projects through the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). Creative Bay of Plenty, on behalf of Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty Council, administers the CCS for our districts.

The scheme aims to increase participation from the local community in the arts sector, support the diversity of local cultural traditions and encourage and engage young people to participate in local arts. The term ‘arts’ is broadly defined to mean all forms of creative and interpretative expression.

Who can apply?

Any individual or group can apply on the basis that the individual is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Two rounds of funding are allocated each year.

What are the criteria?

To get funding through CCS, your creative project must focus on at least one of the following:

  • Participation – create opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in arts activities
  • Diversity – support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities
  • Young People – enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with and participate in the arts

There are five local priorities for Tauranga and Western Bay. Your project is more likely to receive funding if you can demonstrate alignment to at least one of these outcomes as informed by Toi Moana Arts & Culture Strategy:

  • Visionary – Grow, enable and attract creative people, a creative workforce and innovative enterprise (e.g. projects that showcase success and promote local creative innovative champions, projects that support and encourage local creatives to work together or projects that support Maori Arts and Culture entrepreneurship)
  • Vocalising –  It is easy to access and participate in arts and culture every day (e.g. projects like arts events and markets happening in our public spaces like the Tauranga CBD, projects that are site-specific and honour Maori stories as well as significant cultural/heritage sites in our region)
  • Vibrancy – A network of vibrant arts and culture organisations and facilities meets our diverse needs, in every part of the region (e.g. projects that facilitate collaboration by connecting art communities together, projects that increase Maori and multicultural participation in arts and culture, projects that utilise existing facilities in our region)
  • Valuing – Our diverse cultural identities are celebrated. Local Maori culture is a unique point of difference (e.g. projects that celebrate Maori culture and other diverse multicultural identities by building a culture of inclusivity, valuing the diversity of all people and the arts)
  • Art and Sustainability – Projects that focus on sustainability in some way

How do I make an application?

This Creative Communities Scheme “How to guide” is an online tutorial which will take you through the following:

  • What is the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)?
  • Project planning; the necessary steps
  • Understanding the local priorities
  • Other funding for arts projects

Tutorial: Creative Communities Scheme “How to guide”

Download the application guide here.

We ask that you submit your application and any associated project completion reports in a digital format to

If you have trouble accessing a computer or require some assistance in completing your form online please get in touch. 

Please read the Application Guide before completing your application. All forms can be found below. Please use the Tauranga application form if your project falls within Tauranga City Council limits, or the Western Bay application form if it falls within Western Bay of Plenty District Council limits.

Please note that combined funding is no longer available, you will need to make two separate applications for projects that intersect both councils. If you’re unsure – talk to us.

Be Inspired

Find out more about what makes a strong community arts project, resources to develop your project, funding and support.

The Application Process

  1. Download the application form (below) – make sure you download the application form for the relevant sub-region.
  2. Your application form and any supporting documentation should be submitted as ONE PDF file in portrait format. We recommend using a free online PDF editor to merge your supporting documents with your application form.
  3. Make sure you have signed the declaration.
  4. Once you have submitted your application, it is given to an independent panel to assess. The panel will decide whether your project receives funding or not, and how much money will be granted.
  5. You may decide to present in person to the panel in support of your application. If so, we will contact you to confirm your speaking time.
  6. Creative Bay of Plenty will get in touch with you to advise the result of your application.

If you have difficulty with any stage of your application, please get in touch.

Contact our funding advisor Annie:

Application Forms:

Download: Tauranga CCS Application Form
Download: Western Bay of Plenty Application Form

Project Completion Reports:

Please email completion reports to

Download Project Completion Report

MYTH BUSTER 1: “I’m too young to apply and won’t be taken seriously.”
MYTH BUSTER 2: “The focus is on visual arts.”
MYTH BUSTER 3: “I’m not good enough to apply.”
MYTH BUSTER 4: “I have to be an established artist/organisation/business to apply.”
MYTH BUSTER 5: “I can’t claim my time.”
MYTH BUSTER 6: “I have to be an arts organisation to apply.”