Funding to support community arts & culture projects in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty
Applications are currently closed for the Creative Communities Scheme. The next rounds for Tauranga and Western Bay will open on 9 August 2021 and close on 2 September 2021.
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What is the Creative Communities Scheme?
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 District Council, administers the CCS for our districts.
CCS 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. ‘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.
Usually two rounds of funding are allocated each year, however an additional round for Western Bay of Plenty district only is open from Tuesday 27 April 2021 to utilise funds remaining from the previous round.
The average size of a CCS grant is around $2,000 per project.
What are the criteria?
Your project must have both creative components and community engagement components and 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 that the assessors will be mindful of. If you can demonstrate alignment with at least one of them, your project will be more likely to receive funding. They include projects that are visionary, vocalise creative pursuits, add to vibrancy, increase the value people attribute to the arts and that make the arts more sustainable. Details of these priorities can be found on the inside front cover of the application form.
How do I make an application?
Application forms will be available here prior to the next funding round opening on 9 August 2021.
You can download the application guide here, which you should read before completing your application. We will also be running workshops to provide guidance on making applications, details of which will be listed here when the next round opens on 9 August 2021.
In the meantime, if you would like to talk over an idea, email Annie Hill, Creative Bay of Plenty’s Funding & Projects Advisor, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about what makes a strong community arts project, resources to develop your project, funding and support.
What got funded?
Creative Communities Grant Recipients
June 2021 (Western Bay only)
- Creative Te Puke – $2,500
- Katch Katikati – $2,500
- Katikati Community Resource Centre – $2,700
- Waihi Beach Community Events & Promotions – $2,700
- Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation – $3,300
- Tauranga Zinefest – $6,000
- Bay of Plenty Symphonia – $1,759
- Okorore Nga Toi Maori Gallery & Studios – $3,240
- The Incubator Creative Hub – $2,575
- Te Puna Quarry Park – $2,500
- Purple Lab Hip Hop – $3,900
- Create the Bay Inc. – $2,500
- Waihi Beach School – $4,692
- Omokoroa Public Art Group – $3,000
- Young NZ Writers – $2,000
Project Completion Reports
For projects that have previously received CCS funding and are now completed, a completion report must be filled in and emailed to email@example.com within two months of the project end.