Creative Communities Scheme

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This grant aims to increase participation in the arts at the local level, and to increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities.

The amount of funding available is approximately $20,000 per annum.

Funding Dates

There are two funding rounds per year, in March and August.

August 2021 Funding Round

The next funding round for Creative Communities Scheme opens on Monday 2 August 2021 and closes at 4.30pm on Friday 3 September 2021.  

Who can apply for funding?

An application be can made by an individual or group.  Individual applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.

Projects or activities that may be funded

Projects that may be considered under this scheme should:

  • have an arts or cultural focus
  • take place within the Stratford District
  • meet at least one of the three funding criteria
  • produce benefits which are largely experienced within the Stratford District, eg. the activity primarily draws its audiences from within the Stratford District
  • not have started before an application for funding is assessed
  • not have been funded by Creative New Zealand for the same purpose.

Projects or activities that will not be funded

Funding will not be provided for:

  • facility development
  • purchase of artworks for galleries
  • arts activities in education institutions normally funded through curriculum
  • retrospective
  • accumulate debt
  • fundraising costs
  • local authority projects
  • salaries
  • prize monies
  • retrospective costs
  • debt servicing costs
  • philanthropic organisations whose primary purpose is to give funds to other groups.

Projects funded in 2021

  • Cherie Dodds - exhibition of works depicting children with disabilities and their families 
  • Elyse Lewis - Shakespearean murals in King Edward Park
  • Shakespeare Singers - the production "Slice of Heaven" featuring NZ music 
  • Verdigris Creative Studio - wellness through creativity workshops
  • Whakaahurangi Marae - a central Taranaki kapa haka rōpu
  • Stratford Primary School - an all of school production focusing on NZ history 
  • Taranaki Diocesan school for Girls - various performance based events 
  • Stratford Cameral Club - workshop with a renowned photographer 
  • Stratford Floral Art Group - tutor fees and hall rental
  • Stratford Art Society - exhibition of members' works. 

Projects funded in 2020

  • Stratford & District Scottish Society Pipe Band - youth piping & drumming workshops 
  • Stratford Community Childcare Centre - teaching tamariki local waiata 
  • Aotearoa Quilters Taranaki - exhibition of works 
  • Stuart Greenhill - photographic exhibition 
  • Rhonda Bunyan - photographic exhibition 
  • Koru Kindergarten - teaching tamariki local reo, waiata, karakia
  • Toko School - production - The Wizard of Oz 
  • Stratford Art Society - summer & winter exhibitions of members' works  
  • Stratford Floral Art Group - workshops 
  • Whakaahurangi Te Ropu Wahine Māori Toko I te Ora - Māori Women's Welfare League - Te Raranga/Taniko Wānanga 
  • Joanne Stallard - life drawing sessions 
  • Jack Moser - piano performances to schools 
  • Taranaki Patchworkers & Quilters Guild - exhibition of members' works 

Projects funded in 2019

  • Taranaki Artocracy - an exhibition of Taranaki artists - currated by Jan Huÿbers (applicant)  
  • Taranaki Diocesan For Girls - House Music Competition 
  • Stratford Art Society - biannual exhibition of members' works - Summer Exhibition
  • Taranaki Embroiderers - bi-ennial exhibition of members works
  • Stratford District Youth Council - A Scary Night 
  • Stratford Primary School - school production about Māori myth and legend 
  • Stratford on Stage - The Addams Family Values Musical
  • Stratford Floral Art Group
  • Stratford Camera Club
  • Stratford & District Scottish Society Pipe Band 
  • Toko Asembly Hall - Update art work on the side of hall
  • Koru Kindergarten - Teaching tamariki local waiata
  • Stratford Business Association - Creative Broadway Hoarding, Interactive Art
  • Whakaahurangi Te Ropu Wahine Māori Toko I te Ora - Māori Women's Welfare League - Te Raranga Wānanga (to learn the lessons of our traditional weavers).

Project Reporting

All recipients of funds from the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) must complete a Project Completion Report form within two months of completing the project. If you do not complete and return this form, you will not be eligible for future funding through this scheme.

Further Information

For further information contact Rhonda Vanstone, Administration & Communication Support Officer, Community Services on(06) 765 6099 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..