Creative Communities Scheme

Applications open on Monday 6 September 2021 and close on Friday 1 October 2021. The Committee will assess the applications on 28 October 2021. Projects/Activities must be completed within 12 months of being advised their application has been successful.

Creative Communities Scheme funding 

Application Form

Please download the application form on the top right-hand side of the page in either a PDF version or Word Document. To use the interactive PDF form, first save it to your computer, then fill out the fields.

Once completed email your application to debra.bromley@tcdc.govt.nz.

About the Creative Communities Scheme

Local art groups and creative projects across the Coromandel Peninsula are being offered a helping hand with funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The scheme, backed by Creative New Zealand, aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria.

Your project must meet one or more of the following funding criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

The types of projects or activities that could be funded include:

  • Exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.
  • Acitivites that support the traditions and arts of ethnic communities.
  • Youth arts events
  • Artist-led projects involving local communities
  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Personnel costs for one-off, short-term projects
  • Promotion and publicity of arts activities
  • School-based projects that are outside of the school’s normal activities and provide opportunities for community participation or benefits to the wider community are also eligible.

We administer the funding based on decisions made by a Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board made up of representatives from across the Thames-Coromandel District.


The He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel is responsible for advancing the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Strategy, including supporting the priorities from action plans between tangata whenua, arts communities and community boards, and leveraging funding from local, regional and national sources. The He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel has the role of distributing funding from Creative New Zealand under the Creative Communities Scheme.

The Board is made up of:

  • One public appointment for the Thames Community Board area
  • One arts council appointment from the Thames Community Board area
  • One public appointment for the Coromandel-Colville Community Board area
  • One arts council appointment from the Coromandel-Colville Community Board area
  • One public appointment for the Whangamata Community Board area
  • One arts council appointment from the Whangamata Community Board area
  • One public appointment for the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area
  • One arts council appointment from the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area
  • Two public appointments for the Mercury Bay Community Board area
  • One tangata whenua appointment from across the district
  • One appointment from the Hauraki Māori Trust Board
  • One elected member appointment from the Thames-Coromandel District Council

Public appointments for the community board areas are made by the relevant Community Board. Where the arts council in a Community Board area has been unable to make an appointment, then the Community Board for that area is asked to consider an additional public appointment. The tangata whenua representative and TCDC elected member representative are both appointed by the Mayor.

The members of He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel are volunteers and any expenses incurred in attending meetings will not be covered by the Council. Council has agreed to provide funding for He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan to support the Trust's implementation of the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Strategy.

For Guidance and information regarding your application you are encouraged to contact an Advisory Board member from your community:

NAME WARD CONTACT
Jan Wright Mercury Bay 027 224 1927
John Eaglen Coromandel-Colville (07) 866 7488
Rob Johnston Thames 021 780 989
Bernie Ross Whangamata 027 560 7430
Terry Walker Whangamata 021 536 580
Warwick Mather Coromandel-Colville 027 483 5867 
John McEnteer Hauraki Maori Trust Board johnm@hauraki.iwi.nz
Peter Septon Coromandel Arts Council 027 242 4090
Martin Rodley TCDC Representative martin.rodley@council.tcdc.govt.nz  or     027 255 5380
Anne Stewart-Ball Tairua-Pauanui buffydoes1@gmail.com  or                       022 368 8790
Yvonne Walmsley Tairua-Pauanui 027 810 7178
Diane Connors Thames sar@slingshot.co.nz  or                             021 1770746

 

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Governance Team
Creative Communities Scheme Coordinator - Debra Bromley
Phone: +64 7 868 0200