Creative Communities

​​​​Creative Communities Rotorua is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and Rotorua Lakes Council. The scheme’s main focus is to stimulate and provide support to arts and culture projects which:

  • encourage community involvement;
  • support the diversity and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity; or
  •  enable and encourage young people (less than 18 yrs.) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

The first funding round for 2017/2018 opened on 1 August 2017 and closes on 26 September 2017. The second round will open on 1 February 2018 and close on 6 March 2018.

For further information or assistance with completing applications, contact Julie Parsons,  Creative Communities Co-ordinator via email at or phone 07 351 7823

March 2018 ccs-application-form-final.pdf
March 2018 ccs-application-form-final.docx

Creative Communities Scheme - Completion Report ( PDF)
Creative Communities Scheme - Completion Report (Word)

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Creative Communities NZ Rotorua Scheme applicant guidelines are available in the following languages:

NOTE: Applicants can either:

  • download the application form, complete the application, save as an attachment, and return the completed attachment to​; enclosing any other relevant attachments (e.g. financial accounts, letters of support);
  • download the application form, print it out, complete the relevant sections and mail it back with any supporting information;
  • or collect an application form from one of the locations listed below, complete the relevant sections, and mail it back with any supporting information.

Application forms can be obtained from:

  • Rotorua Lakes Council Customer Centre
  • Rotorua District Library
  • Rotorua Arts Village Experience, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
  • Select Our District > Community Development > Grants and Funding. Click on the Creative Communities link in the Related Pages box on the left-hand-side of the page.

Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee

The committee membership term is now three years. As members are not elected in the same year, the committee always retains some experienced members The 2017/2018 committee is: Chairperson Diana Beattie, Harry Chhagan, Bobby Howard, Ngahuia Hona-Paku (Te Arawa representative), Ann Somerville, Raina Taiapa Johnson and Cr Trevor Maxwell.

If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact Julie Parsons, Creative Communities  Co-ordinator via email at or phone 07 351 7823

Information about Creative NZ including national funding guidelines and application forms are available from the following website: 
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