Do you have a creative project that could use some assistance? Individuals and groups who have eligible arts projects are being encouraged to apply for a funding grant.

The Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme – Ōpōtiki District is aimed at increasing participation in the arts at a local level and expanding the range and diversity of arts available within the district.

Ōpōtiki District Deputy Mayor and Assessment Committee Member, Lyn Riesterer says the Scheme, which is administered by Ōpōtiki District Council, allocates around $11,000 of arts funding in the District each year.

“Getting involved in arts activities can have an inspiring effect on both our individual lives and on our community as a whole.

“The Scheme endeavours to make more arts available to more people but ultimately, it’s up to the community to come up with the ideas and to make them happen.”

Lyn Riesterer explains that projects such as art, dance, drama, literature, music, seminars, workshops and community art and cultural events may be eligible.

In the last funding round, grants were allocated to assist with a pounamu wananga, artistic creation of historical panels, a moko workshop, a school production and a showcase of local arts work.

Funding applications are considered by an assessment committee made up of dedicated representatives from the Ōpōtiki district.

Applications close on Friday 10 May 2019 for projects starting after Wednesday 22 May 2019.  Application forms, criteria and guides are available at or Council’s office, 108 St John Street, Ōpōtiki.