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Creative Communities Scheme

Round 1 of the 2021/22 year opens 31 August 2021.

Round 1 of the 2021/22 opens 31 August through to 11 October, with the consideration meeting held on 15 November 2021.

This fund is supplied by Creative NZ and administered by the Rangitikei District Council. Members of the public are nominated to the Creative Communities Committee, and are joined by a Councillor and the Mayor. Committee terms are for three years, with the latest term beginning in November 2019.

Applications are encouraged from community groups and individuals whose projects:

  • demonstrate growth over time
  • develop and support local artistic communities
  • encourage a transfer or artistic skills.
  • diversity, inclusion, and projects with a youth focus are also encouraged.

An example is workshops teaching kids screen-printing techniques to create posters for display.


There are two funding rounds per year, usually opening in February and August. Before beginning the application process we recommend you read the guide:

Creative Communities Application Guide

There are two funding rounds per year, round 1 for the 2021/22 year opens in September.

Eligibility criteria: Ccs Applicant Eligibility Criteria

You can access the application form here:

Rangitikei Grants Application

This is now an online application process. If you need assistance completing your form, please contact us by:

  • visiting the Council’s offices at 46 High Street, Marton or 92 Hautapu Street, Taihape

Decisions on applications were made at the Creative NZ Funding Assessment Committee Meeting 21 April 2020.

The Project Completion report from will be linked to your online application.

Further information for the fund is available by:

  • visiting the Council’s offices at 46 High Street, Marton or 92 Hautapu Street, Taihape
  • or phoning the Council on 0800 422 522

Results for 2020/2021

On 20 October 2020 the Creative NZ Committee met to discuss and allocate funding for Round One of the Creative Communities Scheme for 2020/21. Three applications were received for Round 1, and three applicants were successful. Both the Committee and the Rangitīkei District Council would like to congratulate the following groups on their successful applications to the Fund:

Funding Round One

  • Turakina Caledonian Society Inc – 157th Turakina
  • Highland Games Little Dog Barking Theatre – Turn on the Light Tours Rangitikei
  • Taihape Community Development Trust - Taihape Heritage People’s Plaques

On 03 June 2021 the Creative NZ Committee met to discuss and allocate funding for Round Two of the Creative Communities Scheme for 2020/21. Six applications were received for Round 2, and five applications were successful.

Funding Round Two

  • Bulls and District Community Trust - Art 4 Arts Sake Exhibition
  • Samoan Methodist Church Marton Parish - Youth for Tomorrow
  • Sustainable Taihape - Screenprinting Workshop
  • Marton Community Garden - Community Art Competition
  • Marton School - Marton School Production