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Diverse projects receive creative communities funding

Matariki Small

More than $30,000 has been allocated to 18 projects in the latest Creative Communities Scheme funding round.

From a youth education trust running a talent quest to art and craft exhibitions, music workshops, theatre workshops and fashion awards the recipients received anything from $700 to $3,500 apiece, coming to $30,338.57 in total.

The funding comes from Creative NZ but is managed by Hastings District Council with applications assessed by a locally appointed funding assessment committee.

The purpose of the funding is to increase range, diversity and participation in the arts in the community.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) supports a wide range of arts projects from craft/object arts to dance, inter-arts, literature, Māori Arts, multi-artform (including film), music, Pacific Arts, theatre and visual arts.

Applicants need to align with one of the funding criteria to be considered for funding: broad community involvement, supporting diversity and encouraging young people to actively participate in the arts.

Creative Communities local funding assessment committee chair Daniel Betty said a wide variety of applications were received each year from a diverse range of local groups, clubs, events and or specific projects.

Applicants can apply at two different times in the year and the project must be fulfilled within the next 12 months, he said.

“This fund is an important part of the arts and culture fabric of Hastings. 

“It supports a large number of arts-based activities annually and aims to bring the communities together to celebrate access and participation in the arts, involving youth and diversity to support cultural artistic expression.

“As a committee we look forward to receiving applications and reading about the amazing events throughout Hastings.”

He said the committee aimed to support as many applications as possible each year.

“It is fantastic to see that this grass roots funding is having such a wide impact on the development of the arts in Hastings.”

Councillor Kevin Watkins, who is also on the committee, said the recipients had exciting plans that would bolster the profile of the arts and performing arts in the district.

“This fund has supported many exciting initiatives over the years that add to the creative vibrancy of the district, and we’re delighted to again be able to support such a diverse range of groups and individuals.”

Applications for the next funding round open on August 1. For more information search Grants at


Recipients – Project:
Cameron Jones  - High Rise

Hanley Productions – D.R.E.A.M Hastings

Hastings Arts & Culture Trust – Edible Fashion Awards 2019

Hastings City Business Association – Matariki Night Market

Hawke’s Bay Readers & Writers Trust – HB Readers & Writers Festival 2019

Hawke’s Bay Tongan Youth Group – Tongan Language Week

IHC – Variety performance drama workshops project

Keirunga Book Arts Group – Beyond Books

Massey branch, Drama NZ – Dare to Devise (48 hour theatre workshop)

Napier Civic Choir – Napier Civic Choir concert weekend

National Youth Drama School Trust – NYDS 2019

NZ Suzuki Institute, HB branch – Suzuki youth musical workshop

Out East Creative Ltd – Introduction to the “viewpoints” for HB theatre practitioners

Piping & Dancing Association of NZ – HB Easter Highland Games

Rose Chapman – Duart House history

Teresa Woodham – As The Day Draws In

Wine Country Quilts - 2020 exhibition

ZEAL Education Trust – Versus talent quest.

10 April 2019

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