Creative minds fund round opens 

Whetu – a live music art film received funding from the Creative Communities Scheme in the April round. 

About $80,000 in funding for artistic, musical or other creative pursuits in Waipā became available when the Creative Communities scheme opened for community arts activities on October 1.

Waipā District Council is opening the October round of the scheme, a fund for community arts initiatives that help grow and promote local creativity.

Council’s community advisor Gina Scott said the round had received a significant amount from Creative NZ.

“We have approximately $80,000 in funding ready to allocate to applications that meet the criteria – access and participation, diversity or young people and we can’t wait to see how our amazing creative minds interpret that for their projects.”

Funding is available for materials for arts activities or programmes, venue or equipment hire, personnel or administrative costs for short-term projects or promotion of arts activities that will run between  November and May 2022.

Recipients from the last funding round included groups who created live music films, hosted kapa haka festivals, winter wellness workouts, Matariki holiday programmes, choir performance, painting workshops and more.

One of the funded projects – the Whetu Live Music Art Film created by IA Music –  was broadcast by Radio New Zealand, Maori TV and Waiata Anthems Week, and has been viewed more than 30,000 times.

Council will hold a Creative Communities scheme information workshop at 1pm on October 13 for potential applicants. The workshop will be co-hosted with council and Creative Waikato, who also provide support to applicants for funding rounds across the rohe.

Applications to the October funding round close on October 29.

For more details go to

Application forms can also be collected from council offices in Cambridge and Te Awamutu.

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