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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 13 April 2022

For projects between 25 May 2022 – 25 May 2023


Wednesday 12 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 application guide, download it here.

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


Successful applications

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

Successful applicants for Round 2, 2020-21

  • Voices in the Wind, Collaboration Suffragette Concert with Hutt City Choral, $2,000.00
  • IHC New Zealand Incorporated, DJ Foundations Programme, $5,500.00
  • Ahu Charitable Trust ki Pukerua Bay, Matariki Celebration and Community Art Stars 2021, $3,163.89
  • Bruce Freestone, Accents of Angels - Mural Restoration, $ 225.00
  • The CanInspire Charitable Trust, CanBead creative therapy workshops, $710.00
  • Ti Purepure, Ti Purepure, $5467.00
  • Victor Lee TePaa, WERO/Challenge, $1,059.42
  • Bruce Freestone, Raau - Tree by the Water, $1,200.00


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