Funding For Coromandel Arts Projects

Do you have a creative project requiring funding?  Whether you’re an arts organisation or an individual artist, there are funding and grant options available to help you get your creative project off the ground!


Creative Waikato offers excellent general information and advice about seeking sponsorship and/or funding for creative projects. 


Creative Communities Scheme for Thames Coromandel District

Locally, the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) offers funding for creative projects within Thames Coromandel District. The scheme, backed by Creative New Zealand, aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.


In order to meet CCS Funding Criteria your project must meet at least one of the following:


  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.


  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.


  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.


Creative Coromandel have been tasked by Thames Coromandel District Council to administer, award and distribute the Creative Communities Scheme funding rounds for projects taking place in the region. Funding rounds are open twice a year and are awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project.


Applications for the next CCS funding round open on 6 Sept 2021 and close on 1 October 2021. Learn more about CCS criteria and applications here.



Community Board Grants

If you are part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not-for-profit in the Coromandel area, you could be eligible for a Community Board Grant.


Each Community Board area has a contestable grants pool to encourage and support not-for-profit organisations to have a positive impact on the community.


Applications for the 2021 round of Community Board Grants closed on 31 July 2021. Keep an eye on the TCDC website for upcoming funding rounds. 



Boosted Crowdfunding

Crowdfund your arts project with Boosted!


Boosted is run by artists for artists and provides advice and assistance with the process of crowdfunding for arts projects.


Check out their website or give them a call on 0800 200 7833 to speak to someone about how Boosted works.



Harcourts Foundation Funding

The Harcourts Foundation have a clear focus on providing grants to reputable community-based organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible.


They will prioritise applications that demonstrate that their grant will have the widest community impact.


  • Grant applications must be for a specific event, project, item, or initiative.
  • Requests for the event, project, item or initiative must be scheduled to occur within four months of receiving the grant.
  • Grants will not be given for items already purchased or events/initiatives/projects already held.


Find out more, including dates of current funding rounds and application forms by visiting the Harcourts Foundation website.