In a matter of days, we have seen the landscape of the arts in Aotearoa change dramatically.

Thank you for your courage, kindness and inspiration which has shone out and made it clear that we can work through this together.

For up-to-date information on current funding opportunities, head to our COVID-19 information page.


We offer advice and support to those seeking project funding. Check out the left hand menu for various local funding opportunities.

Or please contact us directly to discuss your project.

Funding administered by Creative Waikato

Creative Waikato administers funding rounds on behalf of Hamilton City Council and Creative New Zealand for art projects taking place in the Hamilton area.

The closing dates for 2020 are:

Friday 28th February 2020 — CNZ Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)
Friday 28th August 2020 — CNZ Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

For criteria and information on these funding rounds please select Funding Opportunities from the left hand menu. 


New Fund focusing on arts in the regions to open in 2020

Creative New Zealand's new fund, Nga Toi a Rohe, Arts in the Region Fund is set to open in March 2020.

Find out more on the fund in Creative NZ's News release.

For further information on Creative NZ funding resources, see our Funding Opportunities page.


Regional Community Funding Workshops 2020

Is your community group looking for funding?

Come along to a free friendly "hands on" workshop presented by local community funders.

Topics include: funding tips for beginners, planning and preparation, what makes a successful application, budgeting, accountability and reporting, how decisions are made, and other possible income sources.





Funding rounds open now

Creative Communities Scheme — Hamilton City

Currently closed for applications. Next round closes 28 August 2020.

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WEL Energy Trust

Quick Response Grants — up to $15,000 — closing date 30 April 2020.

Community Support Grants — above $15,000 — closing date 30 June 2020.

Trust Waikato

Donation round — closing date Friday 12 June 2020. Decision made late August

COGS Funding (Community Organisations Grant Scheme)

Donation round — closing date 20th May 2020.