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Community Development Grant

We want to see Napier become the best city in New Zealand to live, work and raise a family - and to live a safe and satisfying life. Each year we provide $74,200 to community organisations that help build a whānau vibe in the city.

Our goal at NCC is to make Napier the best city in New Zealand to live, to work, raise a family, and enjoy a safe and satisfying life. Community organisations, big and small, are at the heart of this. Each year we provide $74,200 through the Community Development Grant to support initiatives that respond to a community need. If you want to apply for this funding, please click the 'Related documents' button above to download your application form and project guidelines. Please note  that you need to allow for 4-5 weeks for your application to be process. 

Philip Smith Civic Award Recipient Aug 2

Ātea a Rangi - the Celestial Compass - at Waitangi Regional Park. A magnificent community asset that we were thrilled to assist with a $10,000 grant in 2016-17.


Any not for profit group or organisation working within Napier is eligible to apply for a Community Development Grant (CDG). Each grant is typically between $2,000 and $5,000: the initiatives must be targeted at Napier residents and meet the following criteria:

  • Encourage community collaboration and empowerment.
  • Build capacity of communities and community groups to become more self-reliant and resilient.
  • Celebrate community spirit and successes.
  • Develop partnerships with ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Contribute to improve social well-being in Maraenui.
  • Foster youth development.

What we look for

We're after substance and not style. Doers and not talkers. If your idea is a good one, if your commitment is clear, then that will take you a long way. But there's some information you'll need to give us when you make your application. Here are some tips.

  • Contact Community Funding Advisor right at the start. She'll happily help you out. Email her at 
  • We'll want to know what it's about. We'll need a description of the 

    Funding Rounds

    The CDG is available year-round. You can make an application at any time.
    project or event and why its needed.
  • We'll want to know what the benefit is to the Napier community.
  • Who else is working with you on the project?
  • When does it start and finish?
  • And how do you propose to use the funds? We'll ask for a robust
    budget that includes the total project costs, along with contributions
    from elsewhere.

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