Creative Communities Scheme

​​​​​​​​​​​​Creative Communities Rotorua is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and Rotorua Lakes Council. The scheme's main focus is t​​​o 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 current funding round closes 6 March 2021 for creative arts projects that commence on or after 1 April 2021. The first round for 2021/2022 opens 1 August 2021 and closes 26 September 2021 for projects that commence on or after 1 November 2021.

If you would like some more information about the scheme and how to apply, or to discuss your particular project please come along to a free drop-in support session at Rotorua Library on Tuesday 16 February 2021, between 12pm and 2pm.

Rotorua Creative Com​​munities​ Scheme – Drop-in Support Session​

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

Applications and Completion Reports:​

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Completed applications should be sent to:

    •; enclosing any other relevant attachments
      (e.g. financial accounts, letters of support), or
    • Julie Parsons, Creative Communities Scheme, Rotorua Lakes Council, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua 3046​

Creative Com​munities NZ Rotorua Scheme applicant guidelines are available in the following languages:

Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee

The committee membership term is three years with the possibility of serving a second 3yr term. As members are not elected in the same year, the committee always retains some experience.

The current committee is made up of community representatives: Harry Chhagan, Jo-Anne La Grouw, Karisma Vala, Alison Perrin and Tara Prieto with Council representative Trevor Maxwell and Te Tatau o Te Arawa representative Kahutapeka Ututaonga completing the committee.

Please contact Julie Parsons, Creative Communities Lead at or phone 07 351 7823. 

Nomination forms for Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee

Information about the Creative ​Communities Scheme is available at the Creative NZ website.

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