FUNDING from the Creative Communities Scheme helped Sandra Innes-Smith with a community project that combined art with a horse show. The theme was State Highway 35 and each jump at the event was linked to the state highway in some way. Photo supplied

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

The Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme – Opotiki 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.

Opotiki District Council’s business innovation and communications adviser Tracey McNaughtan helps administer the fund.

She said this funding round had more money available for the Opotiki community.

“Due to a change in the CCS funding formula, we now have up to $20,460 to allocate to projects in the Opotiki community (up from $11,905).

“This is a great win for people involved in creative projects around the district so I encourage groups to take advantage of this and apply for funding to get their projects off the ground.

“This fund exists because there is very clear research that getting involved in arts activities can have an inspiring effect on both our individual lives and on our community as a whole,” Mrs McNaughtan said.

Projects such as art, dance, drama, literature, music, seminars, workshops and community art and cultural events may be eligible.

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

Applications opened this week and close on October 4 for projects starting after October 16, 2019. Application forms, criteria and guides are available at or Council’s office, 108 St John Street, Opotiki.