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


Funding administered by Creative Waikato

Creative Waikato administers the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) funding rounds on behalf of Hamilton City Council. Grants are made for projects with arts outcomes taking place within Hamilton City boundaries.

The current closing dates for 2021 are:

Friday 26th February 2021 

Friday 27th August 2021

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


Creative New Zealand Funding

There are four remaining CNZ Arts Grants funding rounds to June 2021. Grants are made from $5,000 to $75,000.

There is a cap of 200 applications accepted to each round so it is important to get your application in as early as possible.

For all Creative NZ funding opportunities and dates, check out their 12-month funding calendar.


Regional Community Funding Workshops 2021

Is your community group looking for funding? Workshops are being offered this year at different towns throughout the Waikato region. 

Workshop content includes: 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.

Visit Community Waikato to find the full 2021 schedule and register your attendance.




Funding rounds

Creative Communities Scheme — Hamilton City

Next round closes Friday 26 February 2021. Opens Monday 18th January 2021.

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HCC Single Year Community Grant

Next funding round opens 1st February 2021. Open for the month of February only.

WEL Energy Trust

Quick Response Grants — up to $15,000 — 2021 closing dates 26 Feb, 30 Apr, 30 June, 31 Aug, 29 Oct.

Community Support Grants — above $15,000 — 2021 closing dates 31 March, 30 June, 30 September.

Trust Waikato

Donation round — next closing date Friday 12 February 2021.