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Are you looking for funding for a local arts project?

Applications for funding assistance to local arts projects and initiatives within the Hauraki district will be open again in February 2023.

Who can apply?

Any group or individual can apply if their project meets at least one of the scheme’s criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for Hauraki District 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.

To find out more about whether your project meets the criteria for funding, please read the Creative Communities Scheme Funding for Local Arts brochure.

In the past, we’ve funded:  

  • Exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.
  • Activities 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.
How to apply

A Creative Communities Scheme brochure, application guide and application forms are available to download. The brochure and guide provide help with the application. Complete and return the form to Council:

Creative Communities Scheme Administrator
Hauraki District Council
PO Box 17

Attn: Creative Communities Scheme Administrator

Next round of funding

Applications are now closed for the September 2022 round of funding. The successful applicants will be notified.

The next round opens in February 2023.

Forms, guide and brochures

Meet the Assessment Panel

Hauraki District Council administer the funding based on decisions made by an assessment panel made up of representatives from across the Hauraki District.

The assessment panel is made up of:

  • One appointment from the Hauraki Plains Ward
  • One appointment from the Paeroa Ward (currently not filled)
  • One appointment from the Waihi Ward (currently not filled)
  • One tangata whenua appointment from across the district
  • One elected member appointment from the Hauraki District Council

Public appointments for the panel are made by the assessment panel. The HDC elected member representative is appointed by the Mayor.

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

  • Nikki Keane – HAURAKI PLAINS
  • Heather Stewart – TANGATA WHENUA
  • Anne Marie Spicer – HDC REPRESENTATIVE
Help and Support

Contact Creative Communities Scheme Administrator – Katie Mclaren
Hauraki District Council
Phone: 07 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 toll free within the District

Previous Successful Applicants