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Creative Communities Scheme

To ensure that budding artists of Napier can keep their creative juices flowing, Creative New Zealand, in partnership with Napier City Council, distributes over $46,000 to groups, organisations and individuals in the art sector each year. The aim of the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS), which was established nearly 20 years ago, is to increase participation in the arts at a local level, and increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities.

There are two CCS funding rounds a year, in March and September.

Funding rounds

There is no maximum amount you can apply for, though the average grant is usually between $500 and $2,500.

  • The March 2018 funding round opens on 5 February and closes on 23 February at 5pm.
  • The September 2018 funding round opens on 30 July and closes on 17 August at 5pm.

To apply now, scroll to the bottom of the page for an application form and the scheme guidelines.

Note: we will not consider late or incomplete applications for funding (late applications are those postmarked with a date after the closing date, or submitted for courier delivery after the closing date. We'll need a receipt).

Criteria

Any group, organisation or individual may apply, though individuals must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Your project must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Participation. The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity. The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young People. The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

As well as the above criteria, these factors influence our decision:

  • Quality of the project
  • Artistic merit
  • Impact on the local arts community
  • Your ability to make it happen
  • Good project planning and budgeting
  • Level of financial need
  • Viability of project where a project cannot be fully funded.

If you're previously received CCS funding, either as an individual or part of a group, you must've completed a Project Completion Report for this project before we'll consider any further applications.

Assessing your application and decisions 

The Creative Communities Assessment committee meet to finalise decisions approximately five weeks after the close-off date. We'll notify applicants in writing of the outcome.

Applications should include the following:

  • A detailed budget.
  • Quotes for the items you require funding for.
  • A project description, including dates, numbers of participants, and a programme of what you intend to achieve. If you are paying fees to artists or tutors, include a brief CV of who they are and their role in your project.
  • If you are applying as an individual, include information on your background, work, and things you may have done/been involved with in the past.
  • Groups or organisations must provide a copy of their latest financial statement. This can be a copy of the audited accounts, an income and expenditure statement or a copy of the unaudited management accounts.

September 2017 recipients

The following organisations received funding in the most recent funding round.

Project Funding Approved
Ahuriri Mural $1,500
Battle in the Bay  $1,553
Beauty and the Beast Jr $1,000
DIY Drama Day - Children's Workshop $420
Droplets $1,000
Festival of Noise $2,000
HB Christmas at the Park $4,000
Kiwi As 'Pre-loved and Pre-worked' $1,500
Music Lessons for low-decile Napier schools $2,000
Pre-Christmas choral of Handel's Messiah plus Mozart and Beethoven $1,500
Song writing workshop with Jon Toogood $1,700
The E.A.I T-shirt Design workshop $2,000
West African songs, drumming and dance workshops $1,500
   
Total funding distributed $21,673

How to apply

Post
Napier City Council
c/- Community Strategies Team
Private Bag 6010
Napier 4142

Courier
Napier City Council
Dunvegan House
215 Hastings Street
Napier 4110

Email
csgrants@napier.govt.nz

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