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Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Whanganui District Council and Creative New Zealand to promote local arts projects. This funding is administrated within the Whanganui District by Whanganui & Partners.

Application Dates for Round 2, 2020/21

Open: Monday, 8th March, 2021

Close: 12 noon Monday, 5th April, 2021

Projects must take place between 1st May 2021 and 1st May 2022

Creative Communities Scheme application form

Please read and use the application guide. It contains information on funding criteria that are important to consider when completing your application form.  

All applications must be made on this official application form. If you require a hard copy of this application form, they are available at the entry foyer of Whanganui & Partners (179 Saint Hill Street).

We accept applications by post or email. Further instructions on how to complete and submit the application form are outlined in the application form.

For more information please contact the Whanganui & Partners Community Arts Coordinator Anique Jayasinghe at

Recent Funding Recipients

The following organisations and individuals received funding in Round 1 2020/21:

• Born and Raised Pasifika - $1275.36 for Youth Pasifika Art

• Community Music -$2316.40 for Living in the Music

• Debbie Wai Kapohe- $335 for Romantic Period Guitar and Voice Recital  

• Hakeke Street Community Centre - $3448.75 for a mural

• Lotus Women’s Group - $1000 for Diwali 2020

• Multicultural Council of Rangitikei/Whanganui - $2130 for Race Awareness Week

• Sandra Morris Illustration - $1320.44 for The Complete Children’s Picture Book Illustration Workshop

• City College -$3075 for The Movement Collective

• Wen Xiong - $2000 for Wen’s Story Den

• Whanganui Camera Club - $1210 for Wild Child Weekend Workshop

• Whanganui Community Drumming - $1125 for West African Drumming Workshop

• Whanganui Creative Space - $2241.50 for Unlocked Exhibition

• Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre Trust - $1863.75 for Repurposed Art Installation

• Whanganui Repertory Theatre Inc - $915.33 for Peter Pan Pantomime



These are available in several languages so you can easily find out more about what the scheme funds.

• English

 Te Reo Māori

• Chinese Traditional

• Fijian


• Korean

• Niuean

• Samoan

• Tokelauan

• Tongan


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