Waiohiki Community Charitable Trust members Patricia Prescott and John Gisborne in front of the Otātara mural at Waiohiki Arts Village funded by Creative Communities funding from 2020.

The current round of Creative Communities arts applications close on February 19 for the first round (August 20 for the second round) in 2021 with many groups actively submitting their applications having studied the criteria, considered their needs and filled in the forms. 

The aim of the fund is to increase the range, diversity and participation in the arts in the community. Twice yearly Creative New Zealand allocates regional funding to local authorities across New Zealand the size of the fund varying according to population size. Locally, Hastings District and Napier City Councils respectively manage their allocations and applications are assessed by locally appointed committees. 

The funding rounds fall in March and September and monies are awarded to support 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 following criteria to be considered for funding: broad community involvement, supporting diversity, and encouraging young people to actively participate in the arts. 

In the funding round managed by Hastings District Council in September just over $35,000 was spread between 16 recipients.

One successful applicant was the Waiohiki Community Charitable Trust, which sought financial assistance to commission a mural on the front wall of the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village at Korokipo Road.

Painted by artist JR The Free, it depicts Otatara Pā – one of the largest and oldest Māori pā sites in the region. Trust member Patricia Prescott said the trust received $3,000 from the fund, which was greatly appreciated. “This has allowed us to recreate something of the history of this area, and we intend to apply again as we are hoping to do more murals to finish the building.”

The assessment committee aims to support as many applications as possible each year, providing grassroots funding, averaging $2000 per application, to diverse initiatives that have a notable impact on the development of the arts in Hastings.  

Applications for the upcoming funding round are open now and close on February 19.

For more information search Grants and Funding at www.hastingsdc.govt.nz

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