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Supporting the arts in Lower Hutt

Hutt City Council is proud to support local art and artists through our Creative Communities Funding Scheme.

The scheme has money to give groups and individuals running arts projects in Lower Hutt. Application are open to anyone, whether they are part of a registered trust, or just a group or individual wanting to run an arts project. The project must take place in Lower Hutt.

The scheme supports the community to be involved in the arts, whether that’s music, theatre, festivals, mural painting, outdoor sculptures, art in public spaces, kapa haka, singing, art workshops or something else.

Council’s Community Arts Advisor Pippa Sanderson says, “We’re looking for art projects with broad community involvement, projects involving young people or projects that support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities.”

Past successful applicants include Julie Bevan who runs Blue Fire Tigers, a music programme based at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita.  Julie says, “It was great to have the support from Creative Communities Scheme. We’re not a registered charitable trust which means we aren’t eligible to apply to many of the funding organisations. Support from Creative Communities grants has allowed us to deliver free guitar and ukulele workshops with an ever increasing role, develop video production skills and exchange music videos with students in Brazil, all in te reo Maori, and increase our public performances.”

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The deadline for this round of Creative Communities applications is 23 March for projects taking place between mid-May 2020 and April 2021.

To find out more about the scheme and download an application online, visit the funding page on Council’s website, or pick up a hard copy application and guide from any Hutt City Library.

You can also contact Pippa Sanderson on (04) 560 1257 or email, or Debbie Hunter, Community Grants Officer on (04) 570 6955 or email

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