Creative Communities Scheme arts funding available

​​​​​Do you have a creative project that could use some assistance? Individuals and groups who have eligible arts projects are being encouraged to apply for a funding grant.​

In the last funding round students from Opotiki College through the Opotiki Youth Council received a grant for an aerosol mural workshop with artist Jonny 4Higher.  You can see the stunning mural at the front of Opotiki College on St John Street, Opotiki.  We congratulate the students and all those involved in this successful project.


The Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme – Opotiki District is aimed at increasing participation in the arts at a local level and expanding the range and diversity of arts available within the district.

Opotiki District Councillor and Assessment Committee Member, Shona Browne says the Scheme, which is administered by Opotiki​ District Council and allocates around $11,000 of arts funding in the Opotiki District each year.

"Getting involved in arts activities can have an inspiring affect on both our individual lives and on our community as a whole.

"The Scheme endeavours to make more arts available to more people but ultimately, it's up to the community to come up with the ideas and to make them happen."

Shona Browne explains that projects such as art, dance, drama, literature, music, seminars, workshops and community art and cultural events may be eligible.

In the last funding round, grants were allocated to assist with the running of Opotiki Big Felting Day, youth mural workshop and creation and a project by Woodlands School involving students creating artistic representations of themselves to be used as a permanent fence at the school.

Funding applications are considered by an assessment committee made up of dedicated representatives from the Opotiki district.

Applications close on Friday 12 May 2017 for projects starting after Wednesday 24 May 2017.  Application forms and guides are available on the Creative Communities Scheme page on this website or Council's office at 108 St John Street, Opotiki.​

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