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Napier Creative Communities

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with, Napier City Council provides $52,680 to groups, organisations and individuals working within our local creative community per annum to distribute. Most grants range between $500 and $2,500.

There are two funding rounds each year, in February and August.  

Application form Project guidelines  Brochure 

You are also able to apply to Hastings Creative Communities Scheme for your event/project, providing it involves Napier residents, and you request funding for different components of the project. Please complete the appropriate application forms if apply to both councils.

CCS3What we fund

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:

  • Access and 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.

What we look for

Next Funding Rounds

February 2021. Opens Monday, 1 February. Closes Friday, 19 February, 5pm.
August 2021. Opens Monday 2 August. Closes Friday 20 August, 5pm.

We also run workshops to help potential applicants. We cover why it is important to submit a good application, what the fund is about, how to write a good budget and more. Workshops will be held at The Napier War Memorial Centre on:

Thursday 28 January, 12.00-1.00pm. Wednesday 28 July, 12:00-1:00pm 

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As well as the above criteria, these factors influence the committee's 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.

Applications should include the following:

  • A detailed budget of the whole project 
  • 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/balance statement or a copy of the unaudited management accounts

How to apply 

The Creative Communities Assessment committee meet to finalise decisions approximately five weeks after the close-off date. Applicants are notified in writing of the outcome.

Application form  grant guidelines 

Project Completion Form

If you receive CCS funding, either as an individual or part of a group, you must completed a Project Completion Report for the project/event before consideration will be given to any further applications. 


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Successful Applicants for the Napier Creative Communities March 2021 
Name Organisation Project Name Description of Project Approved Funding
Emily Armstrong The Pencil Room Unframed Artist workshop series A series of six practical art workshops from local and national contemporary artists. $2,390
Kelie Jensen Hastings Art & Culture Trust Edible Fashion Awards 2021 and associated designers in schools programme For the 2021 event they hope to be able to expand the programme of outreach into schools, developing a more comprehensive Designers in Schools programme and resources, and increasing the number of experienced designs on the team.  $3,000
Sam Handley   Short Film- Grateful Grapefruit A comedy drama short film set in Napier, about the power of gratitude. $1,540
Brigid Grant   Metamorphosis Exquisite corpse - is a method by which a collection of words and images is collectively assembled. Done in three dimensional materials, creating forms or sculptural objects. $933.80
Lisa Feyen Creative Arts Napier (CAN)  'Around the World' Art Play at CAN An accessible programme of children's drop-in art during the school holidays. $1,430
Sarah Burren Little Green Man Productions Wonderland Glow Show A new glow in the dark giant scale puppet show. Innovative, engaging and entertainment for tamariki aged 0-12 years. Promotes Te Reo Māori, fusing Māori Pacific and Pākeha characters in music, story and design. $2,260
Shayne Jeffares Foto iwi Trust Foto iwi Zine To print an A3 zine, and circulated into the community by a contributing team of local youth. $2,160
Susan Wylie Institute of Registered Music Teachers Promotion of the Hawke's Bay Young Musicians of the year Competition This competition in Hawke's is unique in New Zealand, for encouraging advanced music students in any instrument to showcase their ability, advance their studies and add to the cultural life and well being of the region.  $1,500
Lisa Feyen Creative Arts Napier (CAN) Hawke's Bay Art Guide Distribution Counter Stands To enable a wider and more effective distribution of Hawke’s Bay Art Guides with custom made card display holders. $700
Jeremy Roberts Napier Live Poets Napier Live Poets Hold a live open-mic event for members of the Napier community to come and listen to, and share original poetry.  $494.50
Dr Richard Cornes   Elysian Fields - Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 An art exhibition opened by Professor Emeritus Roger Horricks MNZM, and free floor talk on the role of art and psychoanalysis in legal research and education. $2,000
Roger Morrison Mosaic (Presbyterian Support East Coast) Mosaic - Taradale Pottery Club courses A 10 week pottery course for 6 students, run by Taradale Pottery Club, for a 3 terms in 2021. $1,785
Kelly-Anne Hosken   The Flower Room Four workshops will be offered during a two exhibition, for participants to learn techniques to create their own box cards and flowers.  $800
Syed Iqbal Pakistan and Friends Hawke's Bay Assn Pakistani Music Instruments workshops Workshops to teach Sitar, Tabia and Harmonium and performances to the Hawke's Bay community.  $5,520
      Total Funding Allocated $26,513.30

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