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Creative Communities Scheme Awards 2023/2024 Round 1

At a Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 18th October, following passionate presentations and much deliberation, eight community groups were awarded funding from the Creative Communities Scheme – Funding for local arts, Te tono pūtea mō ngā manahau a te iwi kainga.

Council received a great response from the community with eleven applications submitted by local community groups, for part of the $12,507.00 funding available. Applicants needed to meet the expectation of supporting at least one of the following criteria set by the Creative Communities Scheme.

– Access and participation: Create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in local arts.

– Diversity: Support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities.

– Young people: Enable young people (under 18 years) to engage with and

participate in the arts.

The project must take place within the Grey District where the application is made, be completed within twelve months of funding being approved and not have started or finished before CCs funding is approved.

The quality of applicants was very good, so deciding was quite a challenge. Council didn’t want to disappoint anyone; however, we believe that the groups and projects awarded funding will all help with meeting Council’s vision and expected outcomes. We look forward to following their progress and seeing the benefits this funding brings to our community.

The groups and projects that were awarded funding were:

– Pou Mahi a Iwi Cultural Work Centre Trust- 2 Theatre project – $1,000.00

– Te Puawai Co-operative Society Ltd- Kotuku Workshop – $500.00

– The West Coast Society of Arts Collections & Connections – $1,200.00

– SuperBrain ProductioNZ Ltd New Years Eve Concert – $3,200.00

– Greymouth Operatic Society Play – $3,000.00

– Heather Milne Inside Stories – $1,950.00

– Penny Kirk – Creativity Participation & Wellbeing – $500.00

– Whare Manaaki o te tai Poutini, Raranga Wāananga Weaving – $1,000.00

Unfortunately, due to not meeting the criteria to receive funding, the following applications were unsuccessful:

– The West Coast Society of Arts- Youth Mural Project

– Whare Manaaki o te tai Poutini, Te Atarangi Te Reo Maori Lessons

– Whare Manaaki o te tai Poutini, Whanau Mau Rakau Wananaga

For more information about the Creative Communities Scheme please visit: https://www.greydc.govt.nz/03your-community/grants-and-funding/creative-nz-fund


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