$33,000 funding available for Rotorua arts initiatives



19 August 2019


Applications are being sought for the next funding round of the Creative Communities Scheme which closes on 26 September 2019.

With just over $33,000 available, Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme administrator Julie Parsons believes the Creative Communities funding often makes the difference between whether a project can happen or not.

“This is a real opportunity for creatives to make a difference in the lives of Rotorua people by helping them to participate in the arts”, says Mrs Parsons.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local arts projects so that all New Zealanders can be involved in, support or attend a wide range of events including dance, literature, Māori arts, crafts, film, music, Pacific arts, theatre and visual arts.

In the last funding round 22 local arts initiatives received grants totaling more than $28,000, ranging in value from $400 - $3,450. Successful projects included theatre, singing and music competitions, art exhibitions, festivals, artist workshops, youth programmes, and music based events.

As well as supporting such local institutions as Colour the Night and the national Aria competition, one recently completed project that benefited from funding was Young New Zealand Writers Day Out. Over 200 young writers experienced a full day of workshops, facilitated by experienced international and award winning writers, screenwriters, and poets. It was smart thinking to take advantage of the expertise in town and tack this day onto New Zealand’s 40th science fiction and fantasy conference, GeyserCon.

Internationally acclaimed author, Kaaron Warren commented:

“I had the good fortune to take part in a panel which included two young writers, Denika and Faith. These young women both won awards and commendations during the Young Writers Day, and had proved themselves confident, talented and capable. The panel topic was intended to deconstruct a difficult subject even for someone well-used to appearing on panels. I was so impressed by how they presented themselves”, said Ms Warren.

Applications must be for arts projects which have not yet started and which will be completed by 1 November 2019. Previous applicants are welcome to apply, but will only be considered if their end-of-project accountability reports have been received.

Applications can be downloaded from www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/creativecommunities and completed applications should be emailed to Julie.parsons@rotorualc.nz by 26 September 2019, or posted to Julie Parsons at Rotorua Lakes Council, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua, 3046.


Image credits:  Rotorua Little Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream production that received some funding from the Rotorua District Creative Communities Scheme.

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