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Here’s something to think about if you have an arts-related project that will increase participation in your community

Applications are about to open for Creative Communities New Zealand (CCNZ) funding. Every year there are three funding rounds, and this is the second for the 2014–15 financial year. The scheme aims to increase access and participation in the arts. “We’re very fortunate to have the support of Creative New Zealand, who provide half the funds we can make available. Creative New Zealand are committed to developing strong and dynamic New Zealand arts which are valued in Aotearoa and internationally. That commitment extends all the way to the grass-roots level” says Cathy McCartney, Manager Community Engagement. “We’ve had the opportunity to fund some great programmes through this funding scheme over the years. In the last round alone CCNZ support was given to performing arts, book publishing, DJ workshops, arts and crafts, development of a role models programme, and cultural events. It really is a great opportunity for local people to showcase their works, and encourage participation”.

The round opens on the 22 September 2014.

Funding is also available for community events of a celebratory, educational, competitive, commemorative or exhibitive nature. “The Celebrating Communities Fund accepts applications all year round” says Cathy. “Through this fund we are able to help all sorts of community groups to host, stage and implement events. We’re seeing the emergence of a trend towards communities wanting celebrations in specific geographic areas. Last year this fund contributed to Awesome Awapuni Day, Christmas in Farnham Park. We also contributed to celebratory events for communities of interest such as the Alliance Francaise and the Manawatu Chinese Community Trust. It’s hugely rewarding to be able to help these groups and others like them make community celebrations happen”.

Information and application forms for both of these funding schemes are available from our website www.citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz, and from the Council’s website www.pncc.govt.nz

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