Art and Culture

National Funding Agencies

Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatu Taonga
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage provides a really useful website that includes information on how to apply for contestable Ministry grants.  It also has a search tool for finding funding agencies that support a range of project and activity types. Click here to use this Funding Search.



Regional Funding

Creative New Zealand - Creative Communities Scheme
The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities to involve people in arts activities. The Scheme has two funding rounds each year and grants are distributed to groups operating within the Central Otago District.

Under the scheme, 'the arts' are broadly defined as 'all forms of creative and interpretative expression'. This includes opportunities for creative participation in theatre, music, visual arts, digital art, applied arts, arts education, Toi Maori, literary workshops, digital storytelling, and many other activities.

Central Otago District Council administers the Creative Communities Scheme. For more information on funding round closing dates and contact details, go to the Central Otago District Council website: Creative NZ Grants.

Would you like some tips on who is eligible for funding and how to apply? Click Here

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