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 2019/2020 opens on 1 August 2019 and closes on 26 September 2019. The second round will open on 1 January 2020 and close on 6 March 2020.

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

Forms can be obtained from:

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

Chinese Traditional 
Cook Island Maori 

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.

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 current committee is: Chairperson Diana Beattie, Harry Chhagan, Bobby Howard, Ann Somerville, Raina Taiapa Johnson and Maggie Covell. New council and Te Tatau o Te Arawa representatives will be advised shortly.​

We are currently looking for several new community representatives (including a youth representative) to serve on this committee as several of the existing members complete their final term in April. More details about the committee are here​. 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: 

Creative New Zeala​nd website 

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