Creative communities local arts funding

Funding for arts and culture

Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to local authorities based on a per capita basis to support arts initiatives in the community.  Nelson City Council currently receives just over $30,000 to give out in grants under the Creative Communities Scheme criteria over two funding rounds, which close 1 August and 1 March each year.

The scheme is administered by Arts Council Nelson and full information including the application form, previous grant recipients and frequently asked questions can be found their website.


Further information is available through Arts Council Nelson, 3 Halifax St, PO Box 566 Nelson 7040, phone +64 3 548 4640.

Alternately, visit the website to download guidelines and an application form.

Central government cultural funding guide

A free service of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage helps cultural groups and artists match their projects with potential funders. Visit their website to find out more information.