Get creative with communities funding

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn community-based groups and individuals are being encouraged to apply for funding for their next project through the Creative Communities New Zealand Scheme.

The Creative Communities Scheme is administered by Selwyn District Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand and supports local arts and cultural activities.

Selwyn arts coordinator Becca Bouffandeau said all kinds of groups or individuals should consider applying for the funding.

“If you’ve got an idea for a creative, community project then I’d really like to encourage you to apply to this fund. If you need any support or advice about how it works then I’d be happy to help,” she said.

“Projects or activities must encourage community involvement, support arts and culture, or enable young people to actively participate in the arts.

“In the past, Creative Communities funding has supported projects and activities in Selwyn such as exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts.”

Three Selwyn groups received support in the last funding round in August.

Lincoln Patchwork and Quilters furthered creative fabric activities for local residents by establishing a local group. The Lincoln Light Party Committee used their funding to run the Lincoln Light Party 2017, a local festival for children and their families, while the Malvern Community Arts Council used the funding it received to put on the recent ‘Love, Loss & Café Operana’ musical concert in Darfield.

The closing date for this round of funding is November 24. For funding application forms, visit