The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Creative New Zealand (the national arts development agency) and local councils in New Zealand. Each council takes responsibility for delivering the scheme in its area. Local decision making is the key to the scheme and applications are considered by an assessment committee who have knowledge and experience of the arts in their area.
One of the most significant ways in which Creative New Zealand can support the development of the arts in New Zealand is by funding a diverse range of arts projects in local communities.
There are two funding rounds each year, held in March and September.
The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within their specific geographical area as well as for defined communities of interest.
Under the scheme "the arts" is defined as "all forms of creative and interpretative expression".
A community may be based around a place, a cultural tradition, or commonly held interests or experience.
Any group, organisation or individual, however individuals must be New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident.
If you've previously received funding under the Creative Communities Scheme, either as an individual or as a member of a group, you must have completed a Project Report form for the earlier project before any further applications from you will be considered.
All eligible projects must be arts and cultural projects and meet all of the following criteria:
Your project must meet one or more of the following criteria:
The Napier City Council's Assessment Sub-committee meet to finalise decisions approximately three weeks after the close-off date. Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing.
Applications are assessed on the criteria mentioned above, plus the following:
Application forms for funding rounds are available on this website and from the following sites:
Napier and Taradale Public Libraries, Creative Napier and the Community Development Department at the Napier City Council.