Creative Communities Scheme

This scheme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and Creative New Zealand that supports and encourages local arts activities.

What is the creative communities scheme?

Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local arts activities. It is a partnership between Porirua City Council and Creative New Zealand. Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to city and district councils to distribute in their area. Any individual, group or organisation can apply.

Closing dates

There are two rounds per year.

The closing dates for 2022 are:


Wednesday 13th April 2022

For projects between 25 May 2022 – 25 May 2023


Wednesday 12th October 2022

For projects between 16 November 2022 – 16 November 2023


What we fund

Your project must take place in Porirua and have an arts focus.

It also needs to meet one or more of the three funding criteria:

  • Participation - create opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities
  • Diversity – support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities
  • Young people – Enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts


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Creative Communities Brochure

Funding for local arts.

For more information on what can and cannot be funded please download the Creative Communities brochure.


Who can apply

Individuals and groups can apply. Individuals must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.


How to apply

To apply for the Creative Communities scheme please read the Creative Communities application guide.

Then download the application form below or pick up a copy from Pātaka Art + Museum


Successful applications

Successful applicants for Round 2, 2021-22

  • Black Lantern, Search for Hawaiki, $5,500.00
  • CanInspire Charitable Trust, CanBead Workshops, $895.00
  • Kapi-Mana Music Festival Charitable Trust, Kapi-Mana Music Festival Recitals, $1,447.00
  • Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā Mai Le Moana Trust, Moana Creatives Dance Workshops, $7,670.00
  • Anna Hayes, Mahi raranga participation and demonstration workshop, $700.00
  • Hine Piwari, Te Toi Ahurewa o Mahi Raranga, $9,020.00
  • Ahu Charitable Trust ki Pukerua Bay, Matariki Celebration and Community Art Stars 2022, $5,012.00
  • Tapu Elia, Creek Mural Project, $15,000.00
  • TAHI NZ Festival of Solo Performance, Whānau, $2,000.00
  • Rakuto Kurano, Violin Quartet Tour – Old Music & New, New Zealand Music, $2,446.00
  • Hosanna Porirua Baptist Church, Hosanna Creative Communities Workshops and Exhibitions, $657.00
  • Porirua Community Arts Incorporated, Writers' Walk Sculpture #5 - Elizabeth Knox, $15,000.00
  • Mary Maringikura Campbell, Let it rain - Kia Aākāri pu ia mai ki te Marama, $4,937.00
  • Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust, Virtuoso Strings Orchestra rehearsals at Pātaka, $10,240.00


Successful applicants for Round 1, 2021-22

  • Every Body is a Treasure Trust, Porirua Visual Poetry Jam, $4,000.00
  • Pastel Artists of New Zealand, PANZ Convention and Purely Pastel Exhibition, $3,500.00
  • Titahi Bay Beach Festival, $10,000.00
  • The StarJam Charitable Trust, StarJam - providing community connections for youth inactive or isolated by disability, $4,000.00


Need help?

If you would like support with your application, or have any questions, contact the Creative Communities Scheme Administrator:

Georgie Keyse creativecommunities@poriruacity.govt.nz