Creative Communities Funding - Applications Open

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Funding for round two of the 2019/20 Stratford District Creative Communities Scheme (CSS) is now open and closes Thursday 9 April.

Stratford District Council Director Community Services, Kate Whareaitu said these grants aim to increase the participation, range and diversity of arts and cultural activities within the Stratford district.

“Funding can go towards materials, venue and equipment hire, promotional activity and even personnel and administrative costs. We encourage all those in the arts community to consider applying for support with their local projects,” said Ms Whareaitu.

An application be can made by an individual or group, however funding is awarded to the whole project or activity, rather than the individual undertaking the project. 

To be eligible for funding the project must support at least one of the following criteria:

  • Access and participation - create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities
  • Young people - enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and participate in the arts.

The Stratford Creative Communities Assessment Committee administers the CSS funds on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact Rhonda Vanstone at Council on (06) 765 6099 to ensure eligibility and provide assistance with application information. Applications close Thursday 9 April 2020. 

View more information on the funding scheme, and download a funding application form here.

Congratulations to all art and cultural activities in the Stratford district that were successfully awarded funding in the last CSS round. These include:

Applicant name Project Amount granted
Stratford Business Association Hoarding on Broadway $2,000
Little Dog Barking Theatre The Pond Tours – to bring productions to kindergartens, pre-schools and lower age primary children. $2,510  
Stratford Camera Club Interclub Project – To foster the skill and enjoyment of photography for everyone. $1,370
Stratford On Stage The Addams Family Musical $1,500
Stratford and District Scottish Society Weekly workshops tutoring and practicing piping and drumming. $750
Toko Assembly Hall Updating the artwork on the side of Toko Hall. $460
Stratford Floral Art Group To pay for the hireage of a meeting space so this group of women can come together and share their knowledge and create floral art. $300
Koru Kindergarten Teaching Tamariki Waiata. Bringing in a Kaiako experienced in local waiata to teach the children. $2,880
Whakaahurangi Māori Women’s Welfare League Te Raranga Wananga – To learn the lessons of traditional weaving. $1,800