Time running out for Creative Communities Grant applications

Published on 14 February 2020


Time is running out to apply for funds from the Creative Communities Grant.

The Creative Communities Grant is a national scheme, funded by Creative New Zealand and administered by local government authorities. It provides arts funding to local groups and individuals.

Horowhenua District Council Community Development Neil Hirini says the grant supports projects that encourage people, including young people, to access and participate in local arts activities, or that support the diverse artistic traditions of our local community.

“We’re interested in festivals, performances, exhibitions by local craft groups, local arts festivals, community film or artwork projects, street murals, collections of local writing, workshops and seminars to develop local artists, heritage or migrant art … there are so many possibilities,” he said.

He cited the Te Ahurei o Horowhenua Kapahaka festival held in November last year, which received $2077.25 in the last funding round, as a good example of a suitable project.

“Te Ahurei o Horowhenua is an annual festival for our tamariki and rangitahi to showcase their kapahaka talents in front of whānau and loved ones. It’s organised by a volunteer group of kapahaka tutors, alongside Muaūpoko Tribal Authority, and it’s becoming more popular every year. Last year it attracted about 500 performers, as well as about 500 spectators, both Māori and non-Māori. Kapahaka is a great way to connect and forge identity, and our tamariki and schools have been increasingly keen to take part,” he said.

Other recent recipients include Levin Performing Arts Society, which received $1,000 for its Lion King Junior Production; and Fale Pasifika, which received $2,500 for Pasifika Celebration Day.

The fund has $26,000 available in the current round of funding. There is no limit to how much can be applied for, but most grants tend to be under $2,000.

“Because the Creative Communities Grant is a national scheme, Horowhenua will lose this funding if it’s not used. So get your applications in and help make our community a vibrant, artistic place!” Mr Hirini said.

Projects must take place within Horowhenua, be completed within 12 months of funding being approved, and must not have started or finished before funding is approved.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 February.

For more information, criteria and to download an application form, visit www.horowhenua.govt.nz/grants or contact the Council on 06 366 0999 or enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz

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