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Get creative Hauraki!

The new round of Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) funding is now open. If you have a creative arts project that needs funding, we have the money to make it happen!

Even though we are facing uncertain times, funding for your creative projects is still available. Projects from this round have to take place by September 2022.

“In these uncertain times, uplifting the community spirit is really important. That’s what the arts do – they celebrate and energise a community, and we want to be part of that," said Mayor Toby Adams.

 “We have a strong role to play in supporting the arts and through the CCS Fund, provided by Creative New Zealand, we can support community groups to think big. It’s easier when funding is not an obstacle."

Funding for previous projects ranged from $200 to over $4000 so whether you’re thinking big, or just need a little bit to get your project over the line, CCS funding can help.

Important dates

Applications close 4pm Monday 20th of September

Projects must take place between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022.

What’s the criteria?

If your project provides creative opportunities for your community; engages with young people (under 18 years) or celebrates and promotes the diverse arts and cultural traditions of your community, then don’t delay! Applications are open to individuals and groups of all ages.

Time for action

Pick up an application pack from our offices (when lockdown levels allow - we'll need to be in Level 2 before we can reopen) or download the application form. We’ll need your completed application by 4pm Monday 20 September.

Need some inspiration?

Here’s a snapshot of some of the fabulous creative community projects that CCS funding has brought to life – which ones did you enjoy?

  • Native bird mural along Morgan Park wall
  • Clear as Mud ceramics exhibition
  • 50 Years Later – Shona Laing exhibition
  • Penny Ashton’s Promise and Promiscuity at Waihi Drama Society
  • Woodsmoke 2021
  • Fused glass jewellery workshop – Paeroa Society of Arts
  • Kerepehi School - Ngati Hako murals
  • Teenage Pantomime class – Waihi Drama Society
  • Mark Wright Acting Workshop – Waihi Drama Society
  • Picnics at the lake with Destination Gilmour Lake
  • Paeroa School of Dance end of year show
  • Your project could be next!

Thanks Creative Communities Scheme!

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) funding is provided by Creative New Zealand so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities. The scheme supports a wide range of arts projects under the following art forms: craft/object arts, dance, inter-arts, literature, Māori Arts, multi-artform (including film), music, Pacific Arts, theatre and visual arts.

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

We manage the CCS application process for the Hauraki district on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

CCS   Website story


Our poster features a quirky, unique piece from ceramic artist Libby Cameron called Heart of Gold, which was very appropriately on display at the Waihi Museum as part of the Clear as Mud ceramics exhibition. We love it.